A Present Joy

And Future Hope

Yesterday, January 4, our Liturgy commemorated the finding of the 12-yr-old Jesus in the Temple. The Gospel tells us that when His parents expressed their deep concern over His absence, He responded with “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

Sr. Gabrielle Maryam Gniewek similarly defined her life by making a Temporary Profession yesterday at St. Peter’s Chaldean Catholic Cathedral’s4:30pm Mass. Kneeling before God and Bishop Sarhad at the altar, she promised obedience to the Bishop, a life of chastity, and renounced self-sufficiency, for the next 18 months of her life in service to God.

Connecting Christ’s words in the Gospel to Sr. Gabrielle’s profession, Bishop Sarhad thanked her for her dedication and her response to God’s call. He also used this occasion to announce the joyous news of the founding of a new Monastery for Monks in our Diocese, so that “no grace will be denied” the faithful in our community.

With all of yesterday’s happenings, it is made clear that there is much that the faithful in this community have to be grateful for, and even more for them to eagerly anticipate in the near future.

In conclusion, the Chaldean Catholic Diocese prays that God blesses Sr. Gabrielle in her vocation, and wishes her all fulfillment in her life and work.