Sister Pauline Siesegh professes first vows

In a jubilant ceremony on June 22, Sister Pauline Siesegh professed her first vows as a Sister of the Precious Blood. The Mass and ceremony took place at the Salem Heights chapel, at the Congregation’s central house in Dayton.

Originally from Ghana, Sister Pauline grew up in Nandom, Monyupelle, in the country’s Upper West Region. She became acquainted with the Sisters of the Precious Blood while researching women’s religious communities online. Before coming to the U.S., she was in administration at St. Anne’s Girls Senior High School in Damongo in the Savannah Region of Ghana.

“I am grateful to God for the blessings and graces that have led me to this path, for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the support of my community,” Sister Pauline said. “Thank you for the opportunity to dedicate my life to prayer, service and love of the neighbor. May my vocation be a source of joy, peace and fruitfulness, and may l always remain faithful to my call to be a religious.”

Many Precious Blood Sisters and several of Sister Pauline’s family and friends attended the Mass and the luncheon that followed. The celebration was enriched by exuberant Ghanaian songs and dancing.

Sister Pauline’s brother, Monsignor Remigius Siesegh — who is currently in ministry in the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization — presided at the liturgy, with Father Angelo Anthony, CPPS, serving as homilist. Concelebrants included Fathers Francis Tandoh, C.S.Sp., and Benoit Mukamba, C.S.Sp.

During the homily, Father Angelo spoke about love — specifically, that each of us carries God’s love within us, since we are all created in God’s image and likeness.

“Pauline’s love story with God began in Nandom, Ghana. Similar to the call of Abram, she heard God’s call to leave her homeland and to go to a distant land,” he said. “For Sister Pauline, it speaks of a place where she has continued to hear the word of God in her heart and her soul. It speaks of a place where she’s entered into a covenant of love with God and the Sisters of the Precious Blood. She brings with her … a heart filled with hope as her love story with God continues to unfold.”

Story by Mary Knapke

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Top, Sisters Pauline Siesegh, Ann Clark and Joyce Lehman with Fr. Angelo Anthony; middle, exuberant Ghanaian songs and dancing; bottom, Sister Pauline after the ceremony; Michelle Bodine photos.

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