Sister Gertrude Maritim prior to entering FSE Community.
Sister Collette holds FSE Constitutions during the ceremony of reception.
Gifts from Kenya at the base of the altar included an ornate headpiece given to Sister Gertrude from her parish community in Kenya as a sign of great honor, and a giraffe carving given to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist by Sister's father, Mr. Richard Maritim.

FSE receives Sister Gertrude Maritim

MERIDEN, CT (03-27-2011) - Sister Gertrude Chepngeno Maritim of the Poor Clares' Immaculate Conception Convent, Marchena, Seville, Spain, began a process of transferring to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist as she was received by Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE, Mother General, into the first phase of the canonical process. Sister Gertrude received the habit, veil and cincture of the FSE Community at a private ceremony in the Community's chapel in Meriden. She will spend the next three years in a time of mutual discernment with the Community.

At the ceremony, Mother Shaun explained that this occasion is more focused on union than separation. Sister Gertrude is taking this step with the affirmation and support of her mother Community in Spain where she was acknowledged as a fine religious woman. Her Superior General and Mother Shaun have worked together in an affable way to support Sister's vocation. Sister's entrance into the FSE Community is a day of bringing together the two communities in a union of relationship. The Poor Clare Community holds Sister's perpetual vows until the transfer process is completed which will be at least three years.

Mother Shaun gave Sister Gertrude a new name by which she will be known in the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist - Sister Collette. Saint Collette was a Poor Clare Sister who introduced reforms into the order. Mother Shaun pointed out that Sister's presence will bring forth new life in the Community.

Sister Collette is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maritim of Kericho, Rift Valley, Kenya. She brings her cultural heritage as well as her bright smile, friendly manner and eagerness to learn about the charism of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. Welcome, Sister Collette!

Sister Gertrude requests of Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE to be received into the Community.
Mother Shaun blesses the habit, veil and cincture with which Sister will be clothed.