Franciscan Footprints

Reception of New Novice in chapel

On August 6, 2018, Sister Mary Grace, O.S.F. was received into the novitiate of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.  The private ceremony was held in their chapel at the motherhouse.

Sister Mary Grace, formerly Postulant Patricia, was raised on the East Coast in New Jersey during her earliest years and then in Virginia during her adolescent years.  After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Western Carolina University, she joined the U.S. Air Force and served in various administrative and healthcare management positions.  As a member of both active duty and reserve forces, Sister Mary Grace worked at different locations in the U.S. and overseas.  She also served as a special education teacher for children with severe disabilities. 

Coming to us from Colorado, she entered into the formation program of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis as a postulant in January. During her postulancy, she served part-time as a volunteer at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Concierge/Registration, GI Lab, and Discharge Hospitality.

Sister Mary Grace has family in Rhode Island, North Carolina and England.  She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing.  She also really loves animals, especially dogs.

Now, as a novice, Sister will spend the next two years in more intense prayer and study.  This is to deepen her relationship with Christ and the further discern her vocation.  She will prepare to profess vows of consecrated chastity, poverty, and obedience with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.

Please remember her in your prayers as she continues her discernment and formation.

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