“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many—on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!” Saint Bernardine of Siena
Following the entrance procession, Sister Maria Serra's parents, Teresa and David Garcia, in turn, blessed Sister and then presented her to Mother Shaun Vergauwen, a symbolic gesture of Sister's family heritage now being given over to full incorporation into her new family, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.
Sister Maria Serra Garcia pronounces her perpetual vows into the hands of Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General, as Sister Sarah Doser (left) and Sister Mary Richards stand as witnesses, and Brother Leo Maneri holds the microphone.