On June 12, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Sr. Maria Battista made her first vows. The crown and constitutions of the order symbolize her commitment to Christ and the Carmelite Life.
See events for information about this year's novena in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
After the profession, the newly professed and the community join friends and family for Mass.
Bishop Stika of Knoxville, a friend of the Sisters, joins them in the refectory.
Postulant Katherine plays the violin at the profession Mass.
"As a spiritual oasis, a monastery reminds today's world of the most important, and indeed, in the end, the only decisive thing: that there is an ultimate reason why life is worth living: God and his unfathomable love." -Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI