Sister Katy Orellana, OSF professed her first vows as a Dubuque Franciscan Sister on Tuesday, June 15, at Mount St. Francis Center in Dubuque. Sisters were witness to Sister Katy’s first profession in Francis Chapel and Associates, friends, and family joined the joyful bilingual celebration via livestream.
During the ceremony Sister Pat Farrell, who has directed the formation process of Sister Katy in Honduras, expressed the joy of the celebration as well as how Sister Katy has the support of the entire community.
“We stand in humble awe as we witness Katy take her life into her hands and direct it… The vows have been formulating themselves in her and she has been living them for a long time,” said Sister Pat. “What is new is risking to give public expression to them in this congregation. When called forth, Sister Katy asked of God and the Church that her life be filled with love, that she be faithful and open to God’s call. She asked for wisdom, strength, love, and humility. She expressed hope for our support and prayers.”
Sister Katy is from El Salvador. She will continue to share community life and participate in ministry with Dubuque Franciscan Sisters in Honduras.
“We are all inspired by the courage, faith, and trust that Katy has placed in our congregation and in God who calls her to community living and serving others,” said Sister Kathy Knipper, President of the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters.