Members of the Morey family at the October 30, 2011, solemn profession of Sr. Pauline of Christ (Bridget Morey ’05), from left to right: Rev. Joshua Morey, O.S.B. (’00), Eric Morey (’10), Clement Moore, Molly Morey, Kathy Morey, Cecilia Moore, Bernadette (Morey ’06) Moore, Nick Morey (’03), Noah Morey, Brian Morey (’02), Jude Moore, and Joel Moore (’06).
We have received the following wonderful news from the Morey family:
“On October 30, 2011, Sister Pauline of Christ (Bridget Morey ‘05) made her solemn profession of vows at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso, Neb. The Most Rev. Fabian Bruskewitz, Bishop of Lincoln, was the celebrant for the Solemn Pontifical Mass and Veiling. Rev. Joshua Morey, O.S.B. (’00), was Deacon, and Rev. Joseph Lee, F.S.S.P. (’00), was Subdeacon. Rev. Brendan Kelly (’85) also assisted in the sanctuary. Fr. Morey, Sr. Pauline’s oldest brother, gave an inspirational homily. The ceremony was so majestic, and the Sisters’ Gregorian chant was so beautiful! After the ceremony, there was a reception in the Turn Room for family and guests and visiting time in the Speak Room with Sr. Pauline. This gathering was a marvelous family reunion, too, as all seven of Sr. Pauline’s siblings attended, coming from seven different states.”
Praise be to God! In 2010, the Thomas College Aquinas Newsletter printed the following brief profile about Sr. Pauline:
Commencement 2005Before graduation, each class at Thomas Aquinas College selects a single quotation which, in its members’ estimation, best reflects the class’ aspiration for the years ahead. For its quote, the Class of 2005 chose these words of St. Paul from his letter to the Galatians: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).
Two years later, a member of that class, Bridget Morey, would find that selection providential as she made simple vows and entered her novitiate at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Valparaiso, Neb. She had declined to choose her own religious name, leaving that privilege to her superiors in the convent, who commemorated the Year of St. Paul by selecting “Sr. Pauline of Christ.”
Today Sr. Pauline lives the life of a cloistered nun along with 24 other sisters at the thriving Carmelite monastery. According to her mother, Kathleen Morey, Sr. Pauline’s daily duties have included simple household chores and agricultural tasks on the convent’s farm, stitching habits, and assembling rosaries. Of course, prayer is the primary occupation of a cloistered nun, and in addition to daily Mass in the extraordinary form and personal devotions, Sr. Pauline gathers with the community throughout the day to recite the Divine Office. Indeed, the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is famous for the efficacy of its sisters’ prayers, for which it fields — and gladly accepts — many requests from far and wide.
Sr. Pauline’s correspondence with the outside world is limited to letters home and a single phone call on her birthday, but her mother reports that she is “very happy” to be serving the Lord in this profound way.