Sister Renee Kettering Welcomed

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Sister Julie Brown, incorporation minister, on left, and Sister Judith Frikker, president of the West Midwest Community, bless Sister Renée Kettering at her Reception to the Community on July 16.

Sisters of Mercy Celebrate Reception of Novice

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, July 18, 2011-- Saturday, July 16, was a day of tremendous joy for the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest (WMW) Community as Renée Kettering of Detroit, Mich., was received as a novice during a Reception Ritual held at Mercy Center Chapel.  Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates, Companions in Mercy, family and friends gathered at the Farmington Hills Campus to witness and celebrate Renée’s desire to further her discernment of religious life.  On Saturday she was named Sister Renée and received the Mercy Cross which identifies her as a novice of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community.

Sister Judith Frikker, RSM, interim President of the WMW Community, said:  “It is with immense joy that I, on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy, introduce Sister Renée Kettering. We welcome Renée into the Novitiate.” She added, “This day affirms that God continues to call women to religious life.”  


Sister Renée has spent the past two years as a candidate learning and experiencing Mercy lifestyle and ministry while deepening her relationship with God. She will now enter the Novitiate of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas located in Laredo, Texas. According to the Sisters of Mercy Constitutions (#36), “The Novitiate program provides the opportunity for a Novice to intensify her commitment to prayer, community living and service; deepen her understanding of the charism of mercy within the church; and discern the authenticity of her call to the profession of vows.”  Of her Reception Day, Sister Renée said: “I am so very grateful for the love and encouragement of the community as I take this important step.” 

Sister Renée, daughter of Tim and Christina Kettering of Cincinnati, first met the Sisters of Mercy as a student at Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.  After high school, she attended Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in computer information systems. 

In August of 2007, Sister Renée moved to Detroit, Mich., to serve in Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC).  While she was in MVC, she volunteered at Mercy Education Project, teaching GED mathematics and coordinating the after-school girls' program.  Her current ministry is information technology services; until June 2011, Renée has been serving at University of Detroit Mercy as a communications and software specialist.


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