In a spirit of great joy and thanksgiving, Sister Juliana Wuur professed her first vows as a Sister of the Precious Blood on July 1, the Congregation’s traditional feast day.
A “packed house” at the Salem Heights Chapel enriched the celebratory atmosphere, with many Sisters and visitors in attendance. Ghanaian singing and dancing by Sister Juliana — as well as other Sisters, visiting religious, and family and friends — filled the chapel with joy. Ghana is Sister Juliana’s country of origin.
Sister Juliana wrote in the rite’s program about an important image she chose to highlight on the occasion of her first profession.
Sankofa, represented by a bird looking backward and carrying an egg in its mouth, means “go back and fetch it.” “Sankofa is important because it helps us to connect with our past and understand our present,” Sister Juliana wrote. “I have chosen this symbol to give thanks to God for all that has been my life in the past and entrust the future into the hands of the Almighty One and to show my connection with my heritage and culture.”
Sister Juliana recently completed an intercongregational collaborative novitiate program in Chicago. She is currently taking classes at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati and plans to work toward a degree in nursing.
— Story by Mary Knapke
Top, the entrance procession; second, Sister Edna Hess places the ring on Sister Juliana’s finger; third, Sister Juliana, along with Sisters and visitors, enjoy the Ghanaian singing and dancing; Michelle Bodine photos.