In the spirit of joy and thanksgiving, The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Rochester are proud to announce the Final Profession of Vows for Sister Anita Kurowski. The celebration took place on Saturday, August 30 at Our Lady of Americas Church in Rochester. Sister Anita says she is grateful to God for calling her to a life experience she calls energizing, hopeful and meaningful.
"On this special day it seems as if I was making public vows once and for all. In reality, I will be vowing each day as God draws me deeper into the meaning of this commitment throughout my life. So many of my Sisters in community are wonderful examples for me of courage, faithfulness and loving service, often hidden. I pray that the Spirit will continually guide all of us to live our calling fully and respond compassionately to the needs of our time. I make these vows with joy and deep peace, eagerly anticipating the adventure that is only just beginning."
Sister Anita is currently the music teacher at Nazareth Elementary School which is owned and operated by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Her cherished work with the students is highly anticipated throughout the year. Sister Anita, who grew up in Sandy Creek, New York, was introduced to music through prayer songs and listening to classical music.
"My parents had a great appreciation for music. My mom sang to my sister and brother and me when we were little. My dad toyed around with the guitar and both my parents listened to classical music. My dad's mother had a beautiful singing voice and taught my sister and brother and me prayer songs from an early age. We would go for walks or sit around and sing."
By age twelve, she learned a number of instruments and sang as a music minister at her home parish, Christ Our Light Community in Pulaski, New York. Pursuing her musical affinity, Sister Anita graduated from Nazareth College with a Bachelor of Music with Education Concentration and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. It was at Nazareth College where she first became introduced to the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Rochester. The Sisters started the college in 1924 and turned it over to a lay board in 1965. However, the Sisters have continued to maintain ties with the school in many areas.
Sister Anita has spent several years preparing to make her final vows as a Sister of Saint Joseph. To learn more about that journey click here. Sister Anita has requested that gifts in honor of her Final Profession of Vows be made to Nazareth Elementary School. To make a donation click here.
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