Sr. Cora Marie makes first profession

By Sr. Marie Bernadette
Sister Cora Marie Geonner professed her first vows as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita on Oct. 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Sr. Cora Marie is the daughter of Kurt and Anita Goenner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita.
The ceremony was held in the chapel of the community’s Novitiate House of Formation located south of Colwich. Family and friends gathered to witness Sr. Cora Marie give her life completely to Christ as she professed the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience – three expressions of a single “yes.”
Father Ben Sawyer was the main celebrant for the Mass of religious profession. In his homily, Fr. Sawyer said, “From this point forward, your life [Sr. Cora Marie] will be that radical witness for the rest of the church of what it means to be set apart for God alone, a life that points us to heaven.”
During the Mass, she received the habit of the community which included a black veil signifying her consecration, a scapular with a badge of the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary, and a rosary of the Seven Dolors. The habit serves as a reminder of her bridal relationship with Christ as well as a visible witness of hope for the eternal reality that awaits all of the faithful.
Following the ceremony, a luncheon was held in the convent to give guests an opportunity to extend their congratulations. Everyone shared in the joy of the occasion. The exciting journey that lies ahead for this newly professed IHM can be summarized by the solemn blessing that concluded the profession Mass: “May God, the inspirer of every good resolve, foster your purpose and strengthen your heart, that what you have promised you may keep with persevering faith.”
Now that she has professed her first vows, Sr. Cora Marie will continue her formation as well as begin preparing to engage in the active apostolate of the community by pursuing degree in education.