Sr. Mary’s family that included her mother Maureen, brother Matthew, and several aunts and uncles were all in attendance at St. John Baptist de La Salle Catholic Church in Chillum, Maryland to witness this momentous occasion.

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The Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, a religious community of Diocesan Right, was founded in 1988, in San Rafael, Argentina. The Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará and The Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), comprised of religious priests and brothers, make up the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. They have over 1200 sisters in convents throughout the world serving in 35 countries. (

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Sr. Mary Strength of Martyrs:

Fortitude, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, produces the following affects in a holy soul: 1. It gives to the soul an unwavering strength in the practice of virtue; 2. It completely destroys lukewarmness in the service of God; 3. It makes the soul intrepid and courageous in front of every kind of danger or enemy; 4. It makes the soul to endure the greatest suffering with joy and gladness; 5. It gives the soul “the heroism of little ones,” as well the heroism of the greatest… how the gift of fortitude shone forth in the soul of the Virgin!

By means of your religious vows, you should strive to live fortitude in such a way that these effects will be manifested in your soul.

The golden ring that I now put on your hand shows the strength of your commitment with the Divine Spouse and should give you the strength to have fortitude until the end. Therefore I bless this ring so that it may help you to sanctify your whole life. AMEN.