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Two monks making vows at their religious profession

Understanding Religious Profession

Religious Profession – What is it?

First, I’d like to clarify the meaning of the term “religious profession.” It refers to an event, not a job. The reference is to making or “professing” vows as a way of committing to a religious community. This usually occurs in a formal ceremony. It may also include the giving of a new name. Think of it like marriage. The couple professes vows in a public ceremony. Then their family and friends recognize them as in a way being different people. They will celebrate the anniversary of this event as long as they both live.

The Vows

The most common vows for Catholic religious are chastity, poverty, and obedience. However, as Benedictine monks, our explicit vows are a bit different. We profess obedience to the abbot, stability in the community,
and fidelity to the monastic way of life. The way of life includes chastity and personal poverty by implication (and according to our Constitution).

More Definitions

As further clarification, “religious” is used as a noun to refer to someone who has made the religious vows.  “Profession” is used in this context as a noun referring to the event. To be explicit one could say “profession of vows.” In most uses, however, “profession” implies the vows just like “marrying” does.

Profession vs. Ordination

Furthermore, religious profession is not the same as ordination. In fact, we consider them two separate yet compatible vocations. Men as well as women profess religious vows. Men who do this are “brothers.” Professed women are “sisters.” If a male religious is also ordained a priest, the usual form of address is “Father” instead. Priests usually have pastoral and sacramental ministries. Brothers and sisters, on the other hand, are devoted to non-sacramental work and prayer. Both are vital to the life of the Church.

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Milestone Birthdays

Do you know someone who is celebrating a “milestone birthday” this year? Congratulate and honor a special friend or family member with one of the new milestone birthday cards exclusively from The Printery House. Then ask God to bless him or her with many more happy birthdays. May the warm glow of the birthday candles remind them of the light of God’s love.

… I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord…to give you a future with hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

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Priest and Pastor Appreciation

Our Priests and Pastors are always there for us… inspiring and encouraging us; offering prayers and support; comforting and helping us in so many ways.  Sending a card can show your priests and pastors how much they are appreciated for their ministry and service. And when you send the card, say a prayer of gratitude for the blessings of their caring and devotion.

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Our Favorite Mouse

Meet Benny the Church Mouse who lives in the Basilica at Conception Abbey in Missouri. There he observes the Benedictine monks as they pray, study, teach, and work at their various jobs, one being to create Christian greeting cards.  Philosopher, theologian, and writer, Benny is now studying calligraphy with the monks at the Abbey and enjoys dipping his tail in the ink to help write messages of faith.  Presently Benny has five Birthday cards and five Care/Concern Cards.

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