Six women profess first vows with Little Sisters

Six women who professed vows as Little Sisters of the Poor June 1 are pictured with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, center, after the ceremony. They are, from left, Sister Malia Cecilia, Sister Mary Gerard of the Cross, Sister Mairéad Regina, Sister Elizabeth Mary de la Croix, Sister Sharon of the Sacred Heart and Sister Malia Makalita.

Six women who professed vows as Little Sisters of the Poor June 1 are pictured with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, center, after the ceremony. They are, from left, Sister Malia Cecilia, Sister Mary Gerard of the Cross, Sister Mairéad Regina, Sister Elizabeth Mary de la Croix, Sister Sharon of the Sacred Heart and Sister Malia Makalita.

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Sister Sharon of the Sacred Heart

Six women professed first vows as Little Sisters of the Poor June 1 during a Mass of Religious Profession at St. Ann’s Novitiate, Queens Village, N.Y. Among them was Sister
Sharon of the Sacred Heart who served briefly at the Little Sisters’ St. Joseph Home for the Aged in Louisville earlier this year.

Sister Sharon, who is from Elmhurst, N.Y., worked with the activities staff at the home for the aged and assisted residents in the dining room during meal times.

A press release from the home noted that residents often asked Sister Sharon when she would profess vows.

“Sister Sharon would humbly respond, ‘If it’s God’s will it will be done,” the release said. “Such faith in the divine was the life blood of the Little Sisters founder St. Jeanne Jugan who said, ‘If God is with us, it will be done.’ ”

In addition to Sister Sharon, the newly professed are Sister Mairéad Regina from Ireland; Sister Malia Cecilia and Sister Malia Makalita from the Kingdom of Tonga; Sister Mary Gerard of the Cross from Syracuse, N.Y.; and Sister Elizabeth Mary de la Croix from Baldwin, Mo.

They pronounced vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and hospitality.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York presided at the liturgy and told the newly professed, “You are the heartbeat of the Sacred Heart of Jesus!”

Cardinal Dolan presided because of a promise he made to Sister Elizabeth Mary who attended the same parish and grade school as he did in Missouri.

Their new assignments will take them to Little Sisters’ homes for the aged in Dublin, Ireland; Sydney, Australia; Totowa, N.J.; San Francisco and San Pedro, Calif.; and Pittsburgh, Penn.

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