At the closing of Saturday evening prayer on Aug. 3, the Great Bend area Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace blessed new novice Sister Anne Knight as she prepares to enter her canonical year at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Mo.
The community encircled Sr. Anne in the chapel sanctuary and called upon the God of mystery, diversity, celebration and friendship to be with her as she continues to discern God’s will for her life. After the prayer service, all enjoyed the evening meal together, and were able to offer personal good wishes to Sr. Anne.
On Sept. 23, 2012, Anne was formally welcomed as a candidate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace at a Rite of Entrance ceremony in Great Bend, where she moved from Missouri for her year of candidacy. Throughout this past year, she lived with a local community of sisters, participated in their shared life of prayer, study and service, and learned about the joys and struggles of being a Dominican Sister while continuing her work as a business analyst for Wells-Fargo. Expressing a desire to continue exploring her vocation with the Dominicans, on July 14, she officially became a novice at a ceremony in Columbus, Ohio. This month, she continues the journey as she moves to St. Louis to begin her canonical novitiate year at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate there.
While Sr. Anne’s presence will be missed among her Sisters in Great Bend, she takes their spirit, along with their prayers, with her as she continues her journey.
In the same spirit of joy, humor and friendship that has characterized much of her time in Great Bend, the evening festivities closed with Srs. Irene Hartman and Rebecca Otter informing Sr. Anne that she had one final test to take before she could move to the Novitiate. She was then presented with a written Dominican Trivia quiz, which she – and all the Sisters present – passed with flying colors!
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