RITE OF FIRST PROFESSION

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On August 4, Sister Regina (Gina) Scaringella, having completed the Novitiate, made First Profession as a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell. Profession of vows took place within the context of a Eucharistic Liturgy. Present at Mass were Gina’s Dad, Sal, her brothers and members of the extended Scaringella family as well as friends and colleagues. Also in attendance were members of the Dominican family with sisters from Sinsinawa, Peace, Amityville and Hope as well as Friar Carl Joseph. Many of those present commented on the joy that could be felt. It was made palpable by the singing that filled the chapel. Especially meaningful was the “Dominican Magnificat” sung with harmony and in full voice. As a new member of the Order of Preachers, Gina’s breaking open the Word challenged all to respond to the call which each one has been given. Standing with Sister Patrice, both holding the Constitutions of the congregation, Gina professed her vows.  All responded to her witness with sustained applause.

Following Mass a reception was held in the dining area of Caldwell University.  A good time was had by all.

Congratulations, Gina. May there be many more days of joy and celebration in your life as a Dominican Sister.

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