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Akron native professes vows as Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia

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September 6, 2021

Akron native professes vows as Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia

Sister Cecilia Klein, O.P., a native of Akron, was among six Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia who professed perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience during a Mass on July 26.

Sister Klein is the daughter of Ruth and David Klein, members of St. Bernard Parish in Akron. She is a graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron and Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Sister Klein teaches second grade at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Carmel, Indiana.

Bishop Mark Spalding, bishop of the Diocese of Nashville, celebrated the Mass for the Rite of Perpetual Religious Profession in the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. Father Albert Trudel, O.P., was the homilist.

In addition to the sisters making perpetual profession of vows, four women professed their first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience with the Nashville Dominicans on Aug. 10.

In 1860, the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was established in Nashville, where its motherhouse is located. The Sisters of St. Cecilia are dedicated to the apostolate of Catholic education. The community of 300 sisters serves in more than 40 schools throughout the country, with mission houses also in Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Rome and Bracciano, Italy; Elgin, Scotland; Sittard, The Netherlands, and Limerick, Ireland.

In 2018, the community opened houses in Melbourne, Australia and Bremerton, Washington. In 2021, another house was opened in Traverse City, Michigan.

For more information on the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, click here.

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