On Saturday 30th March we celebrated the first profession of Sr Marion Bettenworth CJ.
Fr Paul McDermott celebrated the Mass, and we were joined by members of Marion’s family, who had travelled from Germany for the occasion, as well as by many friends, and CJ and IBVM sisters from around the UK. In his homily, Fr Paul reflected on this new chapter of the ‘book of adventures’ that has been Marion’s life so far –a chapter that begins with an important gesture of deepening love and self-gift to God. Marion’s chosen gospel reading was from John: ‘You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last.’
Marion made her novitiate in York, where she volunteered at a centre for adults with learning difficulties, and in the chaplaincy of York Hospital. In the second year of her novitiate she undertook ‘experiments’ (mission placements) in L’Arche in Preston, and in Albania, working with the Mary Ward Loreto foundation. In the month immediately before her profession, Marion had the opportunity to explore some of the roots of Mary Ward’s Institute in Germany and Austria.
Marion’s first mission will be helping with the running of our St Bede’s Pastoral Centre in York, before undertaking some further training in spiritual direction. Join us in thanking God for Marion, for this great new step in her vocation in the Congregation of Jesus, and for every blessing and grace as she continues her journey with the Lord.
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