Dr. Amaya Serpa now known as Sister Michaela
MERIDEN, CT (10-03-2009) - "You are a strong woman, willing to enter into battle and stand up for what is right," Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE, Mother General, told Dr. Amaya Serpa after she was clothed in the habit and veil of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, "and so you need a strong name. We are naming you Sister Michaela." Just four days following the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, Amaya Serpa, a native of Idaho, was named in honor of St. Michael who is known in the Catholic Church for defending against evil.
The private ceremony took place October 3rd in the Franciscan Sisters' Chapel of St. John in Meriden. Sister Michaela recently graduated from Idaho State University with a doctorate in pharmacy, and had served at the Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, Connecticut, following graduation. Sister Michaela, now a canonical novice, will spend the coming year learning about Franciscan spirituality and the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.