Independence Franciscans welcome newly professed sister

Hand in hand with Sister Lucy Lang, Sister Servant of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist, Sister Colette Marie Jaros makes her first profession of vows. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Kirchner)

By Megan Marley

“Dear daughter, what do you ask of God and of His Church?”

Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. asked Sister Colette Marie Jaros before the homily at the Mass of Profession held at the Franciscan Prayer Center in Independence September 8.

She sought permission to make her first profession of vows.

Surrounded by her biological and religious families, Sister Colette professed first vows on September 8, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The day was a culmination of the Lincoln, Neb. native’s two years in the novitiate with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist.

Bishop Johnston presided over the Mass, with Bishop-Emeritus Robert Finn, and Fathers Steven Hansen, Brian Amthor, Ken Criqui, Jayson Becker and Jim Carlyle concelebrating.

After the homily, Bishop Johnston examined Sister’s resolve to make her vows. Following a period of prayer and being prayed over by the bishop, Sister Colette knelt before the altar where sat Sister Lucy Lang, Sister Servant of the community.
Hands in hers, she read the profession formula, vowing to live in poverty, chastity and obedience according to the rule of the Third Order of St. Francis for a period of two years. She then signed her vows on the altar.

“I was just exhausted—it had been a really long week!—but after I had professed my vows, we sign those vows on the altar, and as I stood there signing those vows, there was just this enormous wave of joy and peace that came over me,” Sister Colette later said.

From the bishop, she then received her black veil, the rule and constitution of the community, a profession cross—a special blessed cross each sister receives when she makes her first profession—and a crown of red and white roses made by Sister Lucy, the colors representing heroic virtue and martyrdom.

The crown of roses with thorns drew a subtle symbolism of her being the Bride of Christ Crucified.

“The religious life, it is a bridal commitment to God, but it’s also a slow martyrdom, it’s a slow death to self for the sake of God,” the newly-professed sister explained.

Now professed, Sister Colette will be taking fuller responsibility in running the sisters’ bookstore, assisting with their website, and similar obligations. She’s also helping run a discernment retreat with her order on November 2-4.

“We’re still kind of planning, but we’re excited to be hosting that retreat,” she said.

For more information on the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist, visit www.osfholyeucharist.org.

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  • J. Toole

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SALAZAR CASE– A MUST READ.

    COULD THE DIOCESE OF K C BE GAY-INFESTED? ARE MEN OF THE CLOTH USING THEIR POWER TO SOLICIT AND ENGAGE IN PREDATORY HOMOSEXUAL AGGRESSION UPON ADULT MALES? ARE THEY INVOLVED WITH THE LARGE AND WELL ESTABLISHED GAY CLERGY NETWORK, BRINGING LATIN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUALS TO AMERICA? READ THESE FACTS ABOUT THE SALAZAR CASE!
    Fr Salazar was rejected by his superiors in Guatemala after years in a minor seminary and told to spend a year in prayer and discernment. What did they know that convinced them that he wasn’t fit for ordination?
    According to a glowing article in The Key celebrating Salazar’s struggles culminating in ordination and deployment in the Kansas City diocese, he met a priest in his country, whose name he couldn’t recall, Salazar states: “I do not remember his name, but right away, he put me in contact with Father Richard Rocha (diocesan vocations director) and Gustavo Valdez (now diocesan director of Hispanic Ministry) who helped me get through the process,” “He was the angel and the sign I asked God for in those days of despair,” he said. “We were eating breakfast and suddenly we started talking about the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the need for Spanish-speaking seminarians.
    “He looked at me and without knowing who I was, said, ‘Do you want to come?’”
    “My answer was, ‘I could not survive in your country. I do not speak the language,’” Father Salazar said.
    “He said, ‘Come on. Don’t you trust in God?’”
    ISN’T IT TIME FOR FAITHFUL CATHOLICS TO WAKE UP AND DEMAND TO KNOW THE TRUTH!!
    1. FR Salazar couldn’t get ordained in his country
    2. He just happens to meet someone in his home country that changes the course of his life whose name he doesn’t remember.
    3. He can’t speak a word of English.
    4. Referring to his good fortune at the hands of his Kansas City clerical handlers for giving him the express, no-questions-asked approval and full acceptance, he says: while having breakfast “he looked at me NOT KNOWING WHO I WAS”.
    5. Salazar even questioned his own ability to “Survive” in this country during the breakfast encounter, yet he was pushed. I’d say emotionally manipulated when admonished “come on, Don’t you trust in God”.
    5.Then, apparently according to what now is being revealed as the Gay lobby’s formula, he’s shipped off to the notorious Connecticut Seminary which made headlines just this week.
    NEWS FLASH!! {In an official statement released Tuesday, Holy Apostles president and rector Fr. Douglas Mosey, C.S.B. braced supporters for potential fallout from the apostolate’s Aug. 21 exposé showing that for years, former Hartford Abp. Henry Mansell and other U.S. prelates secretly imported gay seminarians from Latin America into the United States}.

    The Bishop needs to provide full disclosure and an explanation as to why he sanctioned Salazar in the first place, let alone receiving Salazar’s “First Blessing”, as shown in the Key article. The faithful should demand answers on what connection has existed between the K C diocese and Latin America in importing homosexual seminarians. Based on the Key article and Salazar’s own statements, it appears more like a case of human trafficking! He was pushed into the priesthood and he may well be as much a victim as his those accusing him.

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