Four women from the diocese to profess vows

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Four women from the Arlington Diocese, including two former members of the Catholic Herald staff, will soon enter the next stage of their religious formation.

Sister Grace Dominic, 36, Sister Ann Catherine, 32, and Sister Maeve Nativitas, 29, will profess their perpetual vows as Sisters of Life Aug. 6. Sister M. Stephanie Gabriel Tracy, 35, will make her first profession of vows for the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Aug. 10.

Sister Stephanie grew up in Manassas where she attended All Saints Church. She was a Catholic Herald student correspondent while attending Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, a summer intern in 2002, and an editorial assistant from 2007 to 2009. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in history and communications with a concentration in print journalism, and continued on the following year to earn a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland-College Park. She is in formation at the Villa Maria House of Studies in Immaculata, Pa.

Sister Grace was raised in Silver Spring, Md. She graduated from Catholic University with a bachelor's degree in communications and from Franciscan University with a master's in theology. Prior to entering the Sisters of Life in 2008, she was an award-winning staff writer at the Catholic Herald. She currently serves as the vocations director for the community, guiding young women discerning a call to religious life.

Sister Ann was raised in Annandale and attended St. Ambrose Church. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. She serves in the generalate at Annunciation Motherhouse.

Sister Maeve was a parishioner of St. Veronica Church in Chantilly. She graduated from Catholic University with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. She serves in the Visitation Mission in New York City, where she offers spiritual and emotional support for pregnant women to help them choose life for themselves and their children.

The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) is a Pontifical religious institute started in the mid-1800s. Its members profess the public vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The IHM charism is love, creative hope and fidelity.

The Sisters of Life is a community of women founded in 1991 by Cardinal John O'Connor. In addition to the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, the sisters take an additional fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. They welcome pregnant guests to live with them in their convents, assist pregnant women through their Visitation Missions, host retreats at the Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat Center and help those who have had abortions to find hope and healing.

Husar can be reached at mhusar@catholicherald.com

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