Sister to make final profession

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — Sister Rachel Lynn Geracitano will make her final monastic profession as a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Monastery Immaculate Conception Church. She entered the monastery as a postulant in August 2012 and made her first profession in July 2014.

Sister Rachel of Louisville, Kentucky, is the daughter of Mickey Geracitano and Karen Hobbs. She has one sister, Emily Neuner.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville will preside.

Sister Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Bellarmine University (2012) and a Masters in Pastoral Theology from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology (2017).

Reflecting on her decision to join religious life, Sister Rachel commented, “I am amazed at how God has brought me to and transformed me in this beautiful Benedictine life. I would have never dreamed this for myself, yet here I am, seeking God alongside this wonderful, vibrant community. It is absolutely a blessing.”

Sister Rachel serves as a Family Counselor at Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Louisville, assisting families through the process of burying and memorializing their loved ones. She also has clinical pastoral experience at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville and Baptist Health in Louisville by serving as hospital chaplain.

Founded in 1867, the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand currently number 138 and serve in areas of education, parish work, healthcare, retreat and spirituality work, social services, counseling, and mission work in Indiana, Kentucky, and Peru.

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