September 25, 2015

Two Benedictine sisters make first monastic profession at Our Lady of Grace Monastery

Criterion staff report

Benedictine sisters Gayla Marie Aspromonte and Susan Nicole Reuber made their first monastic profession on June 13 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove.

Sister Gayla Marie of Durango, Colo., is the daughter of Sheila Ann and the late Dominic Aspromonte. She received her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Colorado. Prior to her entrance at Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Sister Gayla Marie was a hospital pharmacist. During her second year in the novitiate, she worked as a part-time staff pharmacist at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital in the Lafayette Diocese.

Sister Susan Nicole of Evansville, Ind., is the daughter of Paul and Linda Reuber. She received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/English from Franklin College and a master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Prior to her entrance into the monastery, Sister Susan Nicole taught at Switzerland County Middle School in Vevay and at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis. She is now serving full time in the English department at Roncalli.

First monastic profession covers a span of three to six years. During this time, the sisters live as vowed community members while continuing to study and engage in a full-time ministry and discernment of a lifelong commitment. For the next three years, they promise stability in the monastery, fidelity to the monastic way of life, and obedience. †

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