On June 11, 2016, Sister M. Pia Ignatius de la Cruz, O.Carm. professed First Vows to the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. She has exchanged the white veil of a Novice to the black veil of the newly professed. The ceremony was held in Saint Teresa's Chapel of the Motherhouse in Germantown, New York. The main celebrant was Rev. Gregory Houck, O.Carm. who is a member of the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. Also present to con-celebrate were Rev. Pat Kelly, Rev. George W. Hommel, Rev. Joseph Finch and Msgr. Michael Barimab Apau. Sister Pia's mother Carmen Klohe, her brothers Alexander and Paul Klohe, close friends and other family members also attended.
Sr. Pia Ignatius is a native of Leonia, New Jersey. She graduated in 2006 from Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing in Teaneck, New Jersey, as a licensed practical nurse and has worked as an EMT prior to her joining the Carmelites. Sister Pia will join her Carmelite Sisters to start her First Mission assignment in Kahl Home, Davenport, Iowa on June 20, 2016.
Congratulations, Sister Pia Ignatius! We wish you God's blessings as you continue to give yourself to the service of the Aged and Infirm. May you find lasting happiness in your Carmelite life!