August 3, 2007

Benedictine sister professes first vows

Benedictine Sister Mary Ann Koetter made her first monastic profession with the Sisters of St. Benedict during evening prayer on June 9 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel in Beech Grove.

Sister Mary Ann entered Our Lady of Grace Monastery in 2004. After one year as a postulant and two years as a novice, Sister Mary Ann professed her monastic promises for a period of three years.

Family members, friends and her religious community witnessed her desires at the ceremony.

Temporary vows are made so the sister can fully live her life as a Sister of St. Benedict. She is further incorporated in the community and engages in the daily life as a woman religious. Her studies increase in intensity and her affiliation with the sisters deepens as she prepares herself for her perpetual monastic profession.

Sister Mary Ann attended St. Mary-of-the-Knobs School and Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs.
Sister Mary Ann earned a nursing degree at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.

She worked as an operating room nurse at Louisville General Hospital in Louisville, Ky., and St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., in addition to Floyd Memorial Hospital in southern Indiana.

Sister Mary Ann is currently employed by Visionary Enterprises Inc. and practices nursing at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis. †

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