The Queenship of Mary Community completed their novitiate with a moving Mass celebrated by Fr Daniel Berniquez, French Vicar of Archbishop Prendergast, last Saturday, 11 February 2012, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Because the Queenship of Mary Community is not yet established as a religious institute, and in order to fulfil the requirement of a canonical novitiate prior to first Profession, the Archbishop asked the community to undertake a novitiate with the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Ottawa.  The FMMs were most gracious in accepting the Archbishop’s request, and welcomed the Queenship of Mary Community into their Presland Convent for the past year.  Both groups of Sisters would testify to what a great blessing the year has been for both communities, and there were plenty of tears shed as the Queenship of Mary Community moved out of the FMM convent on Saturday, having completed the novitiate year.

The Queenship of Mary Community is now preparing for Temporary Profession of vows on March 26 this year.  At this time they will also receive their religious habits and religious names.  Archbishop Prendergast will also establish the Community as an Association of the Faithful – another step along the path to their full establishment as a religious institute in the Church.  Please keep the Sisters in your prayers at this time.

The convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Ottawa

Queenship of Mary Sisters with some of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary; Fr Matthew Wertin (left) and Fr Adrian Sharp (right)

Just before the Queenship of Mary Sisters departed, a prayer was sung that the FMMs traditionally sang as they sent a Sister on mission

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