On August 10 Sr. Kathleen Mary Flood professed her first vows as a Sister of St. Francis. The event took place during a Eucharistic liturgy at Our Lady of Angels Convent. The chapel was filled with the sisters and with Kathleen’s family and friends. The opening hymn, “Everyday God,” seemed especially appropriate as the congregants reflected on God’s great love that brought Kathy to this day, to this moment in time. The Eucharistic liturgy was presided over by Fr. Cyprian Rosen, OFM, Cap., and Fr. Jay McKee of Good Shepherd Parish in Perryville, Maryland. Fr. McKee offered a beautiful homily. Sounds of joy and praise filled the chapel as Sr. Esther Anderson welcomed Kathleen into the congregation and gave her copies of the Third Order Regular Rule of St. Francis and the Constitutions and Directives of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia as well as a beautiful San Damiano crucifix.
Sr. Kathleen Flood professed her first vows as a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
Sr. Esther Anderson presented Sr. Kathy with copies of the Third Order Regular Franciscan Rule, our congregation's Constitutions and Directives, and a beautiful San Damiano Crucifix.
Kathleen says of making her first vows: “In the weeks leading up to my profession, the excitement and happiness expressed by each sister I encountered—physically or virtually— gave me a growing sense of joy, confidence, and peace. It felt like a balloon of goodness was gently expanding within my chest. So, in making my first profession of vows, I felt held aloft and buoyed by the prayers, love, and support of sisters, family, and friends near and far. Yes, I am still floating peacefully and I hope to stay aloft for many years!”
After Sr. Kathy professed her first vows and Sr. Sara Marks renewed her vows for one year, they received the blessing of all of the sisters, companions, and guests.
Kathleen Mary was born in Queens, New York, to Raymond and Virginia Flood. She is a graduate of St. Vincent Ferrer High School. Her mother, Virginia, died only a few months after Kathy entered candidacy in 2011. Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology. She has since completed technical, business, and theology courses at Villanova and St. Bonaventure Universities. Prior to entering the congregation, Kathy worked providing computer and information security engineering and consulting services for corporations. She also taught at the junior high level at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Perryville, Maryland.
For the past year, Sr. Kathleen has been serving guests at St. Francis Inn in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. At the end of August, she will continue her education as a student at Neumann University working toward a graduate degree in Pastoral Counseling. As for the future, Kathleen states she will let the Holy Spirit work to guide her. “There is much need for pastoral counseling across a diverse range of ministries. I only hope I will be able to use my gifts, education, and learned experiences to serve the people of God,” she said.
During the same service, Sr. Sara Marks renewed her vows—dedicating herself freely and unreservedly as a Sister of St. Francis—for another year,
Following the liturgy, Sr. Esther Anderson witnessed the signing of the vow agreements.