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Sr. Pia Trinita makes final vows at Carmelite Monastery
Bringing a youthful dream to fulfillment, Sister Pia Trinita made her final profession as a Carmelite Nun during a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Hebda on September 22nd.
The eldest of twelve children, Mary Maureen Blackburn first felt an attraction to the cloister while majoring in theology at Seattle University. But Divine Providence led her instead to the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, a religious institute founded in Spain in 1963, and she made her perpetual profession of vows in 1986. As a Missionary, Sister Maureen evangelized young people and families, conducted retreats, and helped her community to open new houses in Australia, England, Ireland, New York and Chicago.
In recent years she felt a growing desire for a life devoted to prayer of intercession and praise of God in the full Divine Office. Discerning a call to Carmel, she entered the monastery in Traverse City in May 2008. She received the Carmelite habit three months later and the religious name Sister Pia Trinita of Mary and Joseph. Her name in Latin literally means Loving Trinity.
Donning the white veil of a novice, Sister Pia entered into a five-year formation period that paralleled the traditional steps of novitiate and temporary vows. During the final ten months, she moved from the novitiate wing of the monastery to the dormitory of the professed nuns and took on greater responsibilities in the life of the community.
Sister P iaprofessed solemn vows of chastity, poverty and obedience until death, according to the Rule and Constitutions of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, during the concelebrated Mass. She was then clothed in the black veil of a fully-professed member of the Order, and crowned with roses and thorns, a symbol of the glory to come to those who accept espousals with the Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus.