Sisters Charity of Cincinnati Annie Klapheke Professes First Vows
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Annie Klapheke pronounced first vows during a ceremony December 10, 2016, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. During the liturgy Sister Annie committed herself for three years to the service of God and God’s people as a member of the Sisters of Charity. She promised “to live in community and vow to God poverty, consecrated celibacy and obedience.”
“I make these evangelical vows into the hands of our Sisters of Charity president, Sister Joan Elizabeth Cook. I ask the continuing grace of God and the support of my Sisters, Associates, family and friends that I may keep faith with the commitment I freely and joyfully make today,” she concluded.
SC President, Sister Joan Elizabeth Cook, accepted Annie’s vows and following the Mass and ceremony in the chapel guests were invited to celebrate with the Community in the Motherhouse Dining Room.
Born in Middletown, Ohio, Sister Annie graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School and the University of Dayton. After one year in Anchorage, Alaska, as a Jesuit volunteer, she studied at The Ohio State University to receive a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics.Sister Annie began her year of Affiliation with the Congregation in January 2014 and lived and ministered with the Sisters at Casa de Caridad in Anthony, New Mexico. During the past year as an Apostolic Novice, Sister Annie spent 10 weeks in Antigua, Guatemala, in language immersion as well as volunteered at the Good Samaritan Free Health Center in Price Hill (Cincinnati) as a nutrition counselor/registered dietician. Additionally she served as a team member with the Ignatian Spirituality Project’s retreat program for homeless women. She also engaged in a formal study of the vows of poverty, consecrated celibacy and obedience.