Rose Marie Weber professed her first vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita Feb. 23 at St. Joseph Church in Wichita.
The vows were received by Mother Mary Magdalene O’Halloran and witnessed by Bishop Michael O. Jackels. Fathers John Lanzrath and Michael Peltzer concelebrated the Mass of religious profession.
Sr. Rose Marie grew up in St. Francis Cabrini Parish on a farm outside of Hoxie, in northwest Kansas. She is the daughter of Leonard and Donna Weber and the late Rose Weber. After graduating from Hoxie High School, she attended Fort Hays State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics. The summer prior to her senior year, Sr. Rose Marie taught Totus Tuus for the Diocese of Salina.
While working at Thomas More Prep - Marian in Hays as resident director and with the assistance of Rev. Fred Gatchet and IHM Sr. Marie Therese, vocation director, she began to discern the religious life. Having visited with Sr. Marie Therese several times, Sr. Rose Marie traveled to Wichita to visit the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita. On Aug. 13, 2010, she entered the IHMs as a postulant and was received into the novitiate on Feb. 11, 2011.
During her two-year novitiate, Sr. Rose Marie was given time and guidance to concentrate on her relationship with the Lord and her prayer life, as well as grow in her understanding and appreciation of religious life, and the charism of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Upon completion of her novitiate, Sr. Rose Marie requested and was given permission to profess the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. Attending were relatives and friends from Colby, Kan., and St. Louis, Mo. After her profession, Sister Rose Marie resumes her studies, preparing to engage in the IHM sisters’ apostolate of catechesis, religious education and formation.