On September 8, 2021, Sr. Maria Immaculata and Sr. Mary Bernadette of the Chaldean Sisters: Daughters of Mary Immaculate, made their First Profession of Vows. The ceremony and Mass took place at St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church in West Bloomfield, Michigan and was presided by Bp. Francis Kalabat, bishop of the Chaldean Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle.

During the ceremony, the sisters made their temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience to God. They will devote themselves to Him according to the canon of the order of the Chaldean Sisters: Daughters of Mary Immaculate—marking the end of the sisters’ two year novitiate period.

The sisters may renew these vows every year for a period of six years before their final commitment. During this time, they will continue in their spiritual formation and studies needed for their ministry.

The Congregation of the Chaldean Daughters of Mary Immaculate is an apostolic congregation of patriarchal right. It was founded in Baghdad on August 7, 1922, at the time of Patriarch Mar Yousif Emmanuel II Toma, “for the good of the Church and the world.”

We thank God for this wonderful gift in our diocese and continue to pray for an increase in vocations to the religious life and priesthood. You can follow the sisters novitiate on Instagram: @chaldean_sisters_novitiate