August 26, 2016

Benedictine Sister Heather Jean Foltz professes solemn vows

Criterion staff report

Benedictine Sister Heather Jean FoltzBenedictine Sister Heather Jean Foltz professed solemn vows on June 11 during a liturgy at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove.

She is the daughter of Paul and Chris Foltz of Indianapolis.

During the liturgy in which she professed her vows, Benedictine Sister Jennifer Mechtild Horner, prioress, placed a ring on Sister Heather Jean’s finger, symbolizing the newly professed sister’s commitment to be a member of her Benedictine community for life.

She also received a sign of peace from the other members of the community as a sign of their support for her.

Sister Heather Jean grew up in Dyer, Ind., and earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Indianapolis. It was in college that Sister Heather Jean was received into the full communion of the Church.

She entered Our Lady of Grace Monastery in 2008, and made her first monastic profession in 2012. Before entering the monastery, she worked as an employment placement counselor at Horizon House, a homeless day center in Indianapolis.

Presently, her ministry is in social services at St. Paul Hermitage in Beech Grove. †

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