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UE Graduate Makes Profession To Little Sisters

Friends and family made the trip to New York to help Sister Amy celebrate her profession of vows.


Tell City, Ind., native and University of Evansville graduate Sister Amy Catherine Joseph Hagedorn made her first profession of vows to the Little Sisters of the Poor on July 19 at St. Ann’s Novitiate in Queens Village, N.Y. Profession of the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and hospitality for two years is preceded by a two-year novitiate. This is capped off by an eight-day silent retreat.

Most Rev. David Zubik, bishop of Pittsburgh, Pa., was the main celebrant and homilist.

Sister Amy graduated from UE with a degree in nursing, and she worked and volunteered with the Little Sisters of the Poor while at the university. She also was active in the UE Newman Center.

She received her first obedience for the Little Sisters’ home in Philadelphia, Pa.

Two other women made their first profession of vows July 19 with Sister Amy.

Sister Elisabeth de l’Eucharistie Dugré is from Québec, Canada, and met the Little Sisters while working as a baker in Montréal. In addition to her culinary skills, Sister Elisabeth is an accomplished flutist. She has been assigned to another Little Sisters’ home in Dinan, France, the third home of the congregation and the site where Saint Jeanne Jugan worked with the Brothers of St. John of God to draft the original constitutions of the congregation.

Sister Maria Carmen Therese Ozuna was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States, settling in the Philadelphia area. Sister Maria Carmen worked as a child-care provider before entering othe Little Sisters congregation in Philadelphia. She is headed to Jeanne Jugan Residence in Washington, D.C.

Only July 18, Megan Spelic, who entered the Little Sisters postulancy program in Oct. 2013, was received into the novitiate and took the religious name Sister Bernadette Rose. She is from Omaha, Neb., and met the Little Sisters while a student at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.

Carla Wildeman of the UE Newman Center and the Little Sisters of the Poor provided information for this story.