I want to introduce a new religious order Daughters of Divine Hope and Sister Susan Catherine Kennedy the foundress. I have had the pleasure of spending some time with Sister Susan Catherine and look forward to a longer visit later this year.
Most Rev. Alvaro Corrada, SJ, Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler issued a decree on 21 November 2011, the Solemnity of Christ the King, establishing the Daughters of Divine Hope as a public association of the faithful in the Church. As such the Daughters of Divine Hope is subject to Church law and the oversight of the bishop. This is the first step toward one day being formally established as a religious order. The Rule was approved on 9 November 2011, the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.
Upon completion of her novitiate, the foundress, Sr. Susan Catherine, professed temporary vows during Mass on 20 November 2011, the Solemnity of Christ the King. Fr. Gavin Vaverek, Chaplain of the Daughters of Divine Hope, was delegated to accept her vows on behalf of the Church. The community continues to gather like-mind women who are discerning a call to consecrated life.
What is unique about this community is that in continuation of the rich Catholic tradition, the Daughters of Divine Hope are open to women over the age of 25, including widows, who desire to live a life consecrated in Christ and to his service. The community life will respect the need for the women to maintain family relationships. There is no upper age limit; however, each case will be evaluated on its own merits.
I would encourage women, especially widows, that are discerning a vocation to the religious life and feel called to a community committed to family life and service to the Church and her priests to contact Sister Susan Catherine.