I’m entering a habit wearing, name changing traditional type of religious community in September. Traditional in the sense that they are staunchly faithful to the Magisterium, not in the sense of being against Novus Ordo Masses or anything. They’re just very Catholic. And very Marian.
Name changing doesnt happen until the Noviciate begins, so I have like two years to choose, but I am just terrified of taking on a new name! This community goes all the way with name changing, once a sister makes her final vows she has her name legally changed to her religious name. They do not take on titles (like “of jesus” or “of the cross”). I’ve had an ugly soccer mom type name my whole life and im afraid of being stuck with something hideous. Though, i consider Agnes to be a gross name but I’d be deeply honoured to be named after a martyr. So the beauty of the saints life would outshine any ugly name but im still afraid.
So… If you have any tips or words of wisdom of some sort, I’d be very grateful.
I can suggest up to three names and the superior will choose one or pick something different if she wants to.
So as i think about names the one that CONSTANTLY pops into my mind, even though I dont even like it all that much, is Gabriel Marie. And when that enterd my mind I literally roll my eyes because the religious community is sooo marian and the name Gabriel Marie makese think of the Annunciation, and it is a name that I’m surprised isnt already used by someone in the community because of that connection. It’s so Marian!!
What do you think?