The Sisters of the Precious Blood celebrated the Rite of First Profession of Sister Francisca Belarmina Mis Guamuche on Saturday, December 9.
Sister Bela pronounced first vows during a bilingual Mass in the Salem Heights chapel, saying, “Today, with happiness for being called to religious life … I, Francisca Belarmina Mis Guamuche, make my vow of chastity, poverty and obedience for three years, according to the constitution of the Sisters of the Precious Blood.”
Sister Joyce Lehman, President of the Congregation, accepted Sister Bela’s vows. A luncheon followed the Mass and ceremony in the Salem Heights dining room. The following day, Sister Bela renewed her vows with the Hispanic community at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dayton, where she ministered during her novitiate.
Sister Bela grew up in Guatemala City and holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Universidad Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala.
“I thank each one of you who have accompanied me on this journey of discernment and formation, for their friendship, affection and support,” Sister Bela wrote in a message printed in the ceremony program. “A thousand thanks to all of you for enriching and being part of my life.”
– Story and photo by Mary Knapke
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