Postulant Enters Novitiate of the Contemplative Nuns
On February 2, the Feast of the Encounter of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His Excellency Bishop Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, Eparch of Stamford, celebrated a Divine Liturgy and Basilian monastic Investiture Ceremony at St. Andrew the Apostle Ukrainian Catholic Church in Campbell Hall, NY, at which Postulant Anne Marie Loscocco received the habit of the Contemplative Nuns of the Order of St. Basil the Great. Among the approximately 50 people in attendance were 4 additional priests, Basilian Sisters from Philadelphia and New York City, and numerous family members and friends.
During the Investiture Ceremony, Postulant Anne Marie prostrated on the floor while the Sisters sang the Troparia of St. Basil and St. Macrina, and Kondaks of the Mother of God and the Resurrection. After questioning Anne Marie about her intentions and blessing the religious garb she was to receive, Bishop Paul gave her the monastic tonsure (cutting the hair in the form of a cross as a token of renunciation of the world), at which time she received the name, Sister Teresa. Bishop Paul then prayed over each item of the religious garb, proclaiming the symbolic meaning of each, before handing it to her: habit (joy and exultation, resisting of temptations), cincture (truth, mortification of the flesh), scapular (incorruptible chastity), cap (helmet of salvation) and veil (humility, obedience), and chotki/rosary (spiritual sword, the word of God). After Sister Teresa was clothed in the habit, Bishop Paul gave her a candle, admonishing her to be a light to the world by a chaste and virtuous life.
Candidate Anne Marie Loscocco had entered the Sacred Heart Monastery of the Contemplative Nuns of the Order of St. Basil the Great in Middletown, NY, on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, March 25, 2008.