Aquinas alums commit to religious, priestly vocations

Sister Mary Thomas and Sister Mary Andre, graduates of Thomas Aquinas College, recently made first professions as cloistered Norbertine Canonesses.

Two recent graduates of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula have made professions in their call to religious life.

Sister Mary Thomas (Alison Bright, class of 2009) and Sister Mary Andre (Annie Huguelet, class of 2011) made their first profession of vows as cloistered Norbertine Canonesses and received their black veils with the Norbertine Canonesses of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph in Tehachapi last month.

The Rite of First Profession took place during Mass on the morning of June 6, the Feast of St. Norbert, in the monastery’s chapel, with Norbertine Father Alphonsus Mary Hermes, provost of the priory, presiding. Earlier that morning, the canonesses had been vested and received their religious names. The families of both women, and the three other canonesses who also made their first vows, witnessed the professions from the small lay portion of the chapel. The Norbertine Canonry is now home to 29 sisters.

Elsewhere, Father Matthew Busch (class of 2004) became the college’s 60th alumnus priest on May 10, ordained by Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pensacola. Father Busch’s first assignment is at Blessed Sacrament Church, Tallahassee, where he also served as a transitional deacon.


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Easter and beyond

Anne Hansen

We move quickly from our major religious holidays each year. It’s not intentional. Life hurries along and as soon as the sun sets on one holiday the next is being touted by merchants looking to sell us whatever the next big day brings. To remain in the spirit of the religious holiday — in this case Easter — takes deliberate intention.

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April 25, 2015

  • Saturday, April 25

    Super Groovy 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys. Sponsored by St. Euphrasia School, this year’s “Super Groovy” theme celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary of its founding in 1964 and serves as a tribute to that nostalgic era of peace and love — the 60’s. At the finish line, all runners and walkers will be puffed with clouds of psychodelic color. Registration $25-$40. For more information, contact Susie Sempelsz, (818) 488-1598. info@knights5k.org.

    5th Annual Car Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Junipero Serra High School, 14830 S Van Ness Ave., Gardena. Featuring classics, hot rods, and muscle cars as well as food, music, vendors and raffles. (310) 324-6675. la-serrahs.org.

    Challenge Weekend for Men, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Povorello Retreat House, 1519 Woodworth St., San Fernando. Presented by St. John Eudes and Our Lady of Grace Men’s Fellowships. Men will not board overnight; lunch is provided both days. $90 or donation. Register at knowingweekend.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Fred Perez, (818) 749-5126.

    First Annual Sacred Heart High School Gala, 5 p.m., Los Angeles City College New Student Activities Center, 855 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event, themed “United to Empower,” will benefit the Comet Scholarship Fund.



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