Former I.C. parishioner makes vows

Sr. Rethwisch

Sister Maria Catherine Rethwisch, O.P., answered God’s call in a Mass for the Rite of Perpetual Religious Profession at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, St. Cecilia Congregation, Nashville, Tenn., on July 25. Nine Sisters including Sr. Rethwisch made their perpetual profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Concelebrants of the liturgy included Father Ken Kuntz, pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in Clinton.
Sr. Rethwisch is a graduate of Iowa City High School and Aquinas College, Nashville, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She is now teaching fourth grade at Overbrook School, Nashville, and directs the St. Cecilia novitiate choir.
Her parents are David and Ellen Rethwisch. They have been members of St. Wenceslaus and St. Mary parishes in Iowa City, and their family has prayed at the adoration chapel of St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City for 19 years.
The Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was established in Nashville in 1860. The Sisters of St. Cecilia are dedicated to the apostolate of Catholic education.

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