TRAVERSE CITY – Rita Aune gave up her name, her family and friends, her possessions
and the world.
She will live the rest of her life as Sister Perpetua Marie of the Immaculate
Conception within the Carmelite Monastery overlooking Traverse City.
She has vowed to never leave.
“Solemn vows bind you irrevocably,” Sister Perpetua, 24, said.
Last week, the former Kankakee, Ill. resident became one of seven cloistered
Roman Catholic sisters here. She’s the second in 10 years to do so and
is the youngest of its inhabitants. The oldest is the monastery’s founder,
Mother Teresa Margaret, 92.
The 75 people who attended her solemn vows could barely see her. She stood
or knelt in the sisters’ enclosure behind a grate decorated with a garland
of white flowers as priests performed the ceremony.
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