On August 15, 2016, Feast of the Assumption, Mary Thuy Loan Truong entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence in a joyful ceremony held at Providence Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.  We were grateful that Mary’s mother was able to join us, as well as friends, Sisters of other religious congregations living at Providence Centre, and Sister Celia Chappell, SP, Bi-Province Novitiate Director from Spokane.

It was truly a beautiful ceremony; enhanced by the lovely décor and centre of beauty prepared by Sister Mary.  Sister Gloria Keylor, Provincial Superior, received Sister Mary and presented her with our Constitutions and Rules, as well as our SP community pin.  Sister Germaine Chalifoux was then called forth as the Director for Sister Mary during her time of Novitiate.  A highlight of the ceremony was when Sister Mary thanked each member of her local community and then shared a beautiful reflection presentation, highlighting her discernment process through the “seasons” of this past year.  The photo on the front cover of the ceremonial booklet symbolized Mary’s continued growth on her journey of deepening a closer relationship with God.  Following the novitiate entrance, each participant received a beautiful paper flower with two “candy” petals that Mary made for everyone.

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From the left: Sr. Mary Truong, SP Novice and Sr. Mae Valdez, SP, Vocation Director

Sister Germaine Chalifoux, SP