Former Wilmington resident Sister Benedicta Marie of the Holy Cross made her perpetual profession of vows with the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word on Aug. 22, her family reports. Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, Ala., celebrated the Mass.
Sister Benedicta Marie was known as Debbie Hain when she moved to Delaware in 2001 before her senior year of high school. She was homeschooled during her senior year, then attended the University of Delaware for two years before transferring to Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.
She entered the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word in 2006. The congregation was founded about 25 years ago and follows the rule of St. Francis of Assisi, with him and St. Dominic as patrons. The apostolate consists of prayer, catechesis and retreats.
Sister Benedicta Marie’s parents attend St. Matthew’s Parish in Wilmington.