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The Solemn Profession of Sr. Cora Marie Lawlor, O.D.C.

Last Sunday I had the privilege of being present in the Chapel of the Carmelite Convent for the Solemn Profession of Sr. Cora Marie Lawlor into the Order of the Discalced Carmelites. Sr. Cora Marie made her Solemn Profession in the presence of Bishop John Kirby, Fr. Michael McGoldrick OCD (Carmelite Provincial), concelebrating priests, her family, the Carmelite Sisters and people from the parish. It was a beautiful, uplifting and hope-filled ceremony as Sr. Cora Marie stood before the Mother Prioress and committed herself for life to the service of God and His people as a Carmelite Nun.

The Carmelite Sisters play a very important role in the life of the Church and are a foundation of spiritual support for the parish of Loughrea and the diocese of Clonfert. They are our spiritual storm troopers, living a dedicated life of prayer and sacrifice for the Church and for the whole world. In a society that is less religious than it once was they continue to be a visible witness to the power of prayer and the meaning of sacrifice. The Carmelite sisters are available for people who call asking to be included in their prayers and correspond with people who write from far and near looking for comfort and support. Let us join with them in placing our trust in God to make our lives fruitful beyond our imaginings, building up His kingdom of justice, love and peace.

Sr. Cora is all smiles amidst her family and friends.

Congratulations to Sr. Cora Marie and the Carmelite Community. We are grateful for your prayerful presence in our midst and for the abundant graces you bring into our community. Let us all continue to pray with you for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. I fervently pray that Clonfert Diocese, Clúain Fearta, the ‘meadow of the miracles’ will renew itself through prayer and support for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. May we take courage and hope from last Sunday’s celebration of  Sr. Cora Marie’s generous commitment to God as we pray that others will give themselves generously in the service of God and His people through ministry in the Church.

Monsignor Cathal Geraghty, P.P

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