Sister Luiza Simon, who served in the Diocese of Allentown, was one of three Sisters of Christian Charity (SCC) who made their perpetual profession of vows Aug. 15 during a Eucharistic Liturgy at the Chapel of Mary Immaculate, Mallinckrodt Convent, Mendham, N.J.
Bishop Alfred Schlert was the celebrant. The sisters made their vows into the hands of Sister Maria del Rosario Castro, General Superior of the SCCs.
The intense period of preparation for perpetual vows, known as Tertianship, was held at the Motherhouse in Paderborn, Germany June 27-July 31 and was directed by Sister Mary Joseph Schultz, a General Councilor for the SCCs. During this time, each Sister withdrew completely from her usual ministry to intensify her relationship with Christ in an atmosphere of silence and recollection.
The sisters also participated in a spiritual retreat Aug. 7-14 at Villa Pauline, Mendham, led by Father Lawrence Lewis, M.M.
Sister Luiza Simon was born in Manila, Philippines and graduated from St. Mary’s College high school in Quezon City, Philippines. She entered the SCCs from St. Aloysius Parish in Jersey City, N.J. Sister Luiza received an associate’s degree from Assumption College for Sisters, Denville, N.J. and a bachelor’s degree in Catholic studies from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.
She served as the Director of Religious Education at Holy Infancy Parish in Bethlehem. Beginning this month she will be ministering at Margaretha Home for the Blind in Quezon City, Philippines.
Sister Luiza also renewed her vows at a Mass Aug. 28 at Holy Infancy. “Sunday’s celebrations and your welcoming presence to my family and religious community was an awe-inspiring gift of love that I will take with me to Philippines when I fly on Sept. 17,” she said in a message to the parish. “I can truly say now … I am leaving Holy Infancy and the Diocese of Allentown in peace, glorifying the Lord!”
As a gift for their love, she made a pilgrimage to the Padre Pio Shrine in Barto and lighted three candles that burned for seven days: white for holiness, red for hearts to be always open to God’s graces, and blue for vocations to be placed under the protection of Mary.
The two other sisters who professed vows are Sister Regina Bathalon and Sister Monique Eloizard. Sister Regina is from Texas and now teaches fifth grade at Nativity Miguel School of Scranton. Sister Monique was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is now ministering as a guidance counselor at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg.
The SCCs were founded in 1849 in Paderborn, Germany, by Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt. They are an international community with sisters serving in the United States, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Germany, and the Philippines.
In the photo above: Sister Luiza Simon, fourth from left, and Bishop Alfred Schlert, stand outside Mallinckrodt Convent after Perpetual Profession of Vows Aug. 15. Others are, from left: Sister Maria del Rosario, General Superior; Sister Joann Marie Aumand, Provincial Superior of the Eastern Province; Sister Monique Eloizard; Sister Regina Bathalon; and Sister Mary Joseph Schultz, General Councilor and Tertianship Director.