My friend also supplied this. Profession an an Eastern Catholic Hermitess
at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church
The canons of the Church have recognized and encouraged many varieties of consecrated life. Since early times there have been hermits, anchorites, cenobites, lauriotes, etc. Hermits live alone separated from the world. Anchorites are attached to churches or shrines. Cenobites are the ones we're all familiar: monks and nuns who live in communities and share everything. Lauriotes are monks or nuns who live in small communities and come together for prayer, meals, etc.
In the Latin Church and Eastern Catholic Churches it is reserved to each bishop to approve of the different forms of consecrated life in their diocese or eparchy. Many dioceses in the U.S. have revived the consecration of solitary virgins, hermits, etc.
In our parish one of our own sisters will be professing vows during the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25).
Dorothy has been a faithful member of the parish for many years - attending daily Liturgy, Vespers, Orthros and serving as sacristan. She was also a member of the Secular Carmelite Order (where she was charged with the formation of new members). As a Melkite Catholic she became more and more focused on her Eastern spirituality and felt a deep calling to consecrate her life to prayer. With Hegumen Philaret she studied the Fathers of the Church, particularly St. Basil and St. Theodore Studite, as well as the Fathers and Mothers of the desert. (Father Philaret's Monastery followed the Studite Rule.)
After her consecration she will continue her daily practice of chanting the Divine Services in the parish. She will also continue as sacristan and will maintain the parish office. Doubtless she will also continue her role as a spiritual companion to the women of the parish.
For her profession she will be presented by Sr. Mary Margaret, a hermitess of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Sr. Patricia Mary, a hermitess of the Diocese of Madison. She has chosen the name "Callista." Our parish is very excited to be blessed with such a vocation. Crews of volunteers have been cleaning, waxing, wiping, polishing and the ladies are preparing a reception meal. Mother Callista, however, will not attend the reception: According to tradition, she will remain in church throughout the night praying for us, our Archbishop, our Church and the whole world!
May God grant her many years!http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=120968694613352&topic=278