NASHVILLE, TN –Eleven young women professed the simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee on July 28, 2014. Among those who made their first profession was Sister Mary Gemma Stump, O.P., a former parishioner of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, in the Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph, Missouri.
Sister Mary Gemma is the daughter of William and Margaret Stump, also parishioners of Saint Charles Borromeo. Sister Mary Gemma is a graduate of Saint Pius X High School and Benedictine College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theology. She received her Master of Arts in Theology from the Augustine Institute. Presently, she is studying for her Master of Arts in Teaching at Aquinas College, Nashville, Tennessee.
The Mass for the Rite of First Religious Profession was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. The Most Reverend David Choby, Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, was the main celebrant. The homilist was Reverend Kevin McGoldrick, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and campus chaplain for Aquinas College.
In addition to the sisters making first profession of vows, five young women professed their perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience with the Nashville Dominicans on July 25, 2014.
In 1860, the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was established in Nashville, where its Motherhouse is located. The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia are dedicated to the apostolate of Catholic education. The community of nearly 300 sisters serves in 34 schools throughout the United States, with mission houses also in Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; Bracciano, Italy; and Diocese of Aberdeen, Scotland. In August of 2014, at the invitation of the local bishop, the community opened a house in the Diocese of Roermond, The Netherlands. For more information on the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, please visit their website at www.nashvilledominican.org.