A blessing ceremony July 30, 2016, marked the transition for Sisters Tracey Horan and Anna Fan from their canonical novice year to their mission novice year, their third year with the Congregation. Local sisters gathered to bless them going forward and pray with them. Each novice sister received a historic Sisters of Providence chaplet. When sisters wore the traditional habit, receiving the chaplet signified moving forward in the formation process. Each novice sister today receives a chaplet passed down from an elder Sister of Providence.
Sisters Arrianne Whittaker, Carole Kimes, Tracey Horan, Joni Luna and Anna Fan after the blessing.
Sister Tracey Horan with Sisters Mirian Clare Stoll (seated) and Sister Nancy Bartasavich.
What’s better than a hug from Sister Barbara Doherty? Sister Tracey Horan is congratulated after the blessing.
Sister Marie Grace Molloy accompanies Sister Martha Steidl to congratulate Sister Tracey.
Sister Tracey is greeted by Sister Concetta Banez after the blessing.
Sister Bernadette Mary Carroll congratulates Sister Tracey.
Sisters prayer during the blessing. From left, Sisters Paula Modaff, Kathleen Kelly, Mary Maxine Teipen.
Novice Director Sister Janice Smith, at right, and the rest of the gathered sisters, pray a blessing over Sisters Tracey Horan and Anna Fan.
Novice Director Sister Janice Smith lights the candles at the beginning of the blessing ceremony.
A close-up of the historical Sisters of Providence chaplet that Sister Tracey received.
After the blessing: from left, Sister Charles Van Hoy, Becky Keller, Teresa Costello, Arrianne Whittaker (back), Suzanne Buthod, Carole Kimes, Jenny Howard, Anna Fan, Tracey Horan, Mary Beth Klingel, Marsha Speth.
Sisters pray during the blessing: from left Sisters Ellen Cunningham and Rita Clare Gerardot.
Novice Sisters Tracey Horan and Anna Fan pray after receiving their chaplets. Sister Janice Smith at right.
Prayer space set up for the mission novice blessing.
Novice Director Sister Janice Smith, at right, and the other sisters gathered, join in praying over the mission novices during the blessing.
Gathered sisters pray a blessing over the mission novice sisters.
Mission Novices Sisters Tracey Horan, left, and Anna Fan, right, with Novice Director Sister Janice Smith.
Sisters Tracey Horan and Anna Fan before their mission novice blessing.
From left, Sister Anna Fan after the blessing with Sisters Ann Margaret O’Hara, Gloria Memering, Mary Lois Hennel, Jackie Hoffman.
Novice Director Sister Janice Smith presents the historical chaplet to Sister Anna.
Sister Concetta Banez and Anna Fan, front, with Sisters My Huong Pham, Barbara Doherty and Nancy Nolan (back from left.)
Sister Anna shows off her chaplet.
Sister Ann Kevin O’Connor with mission novice Sister Anna Fan after the blessing.