On Sunday, August 4, 2013, Sister Renée Kettering formally professed religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and to serve those in need as a vowed member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
In a formal ceremony at the Mercy Center Chapel in Farmington Hills, Mich., Mercy Sisters, Associates, Companions, and Sister Renée’s family and friends supported her as she proclaimed: “I respond with my life to the gift of Your love and call” as she asked God for the grace to faithfully live her commitment. The first profession of vows is a significant step in the multi-year process of becoming a member of a religious order.
“It is with great joy and open arms that we accept Renée as a vowed member of the Sisters of Mercy,” said Sister Laura Reicks, RSM, president of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. “Not only is Renée making a commitment today, but the 3,400 Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are also making a commitment to journey with her.”
In August 2009, Sister Renée entered the Sisters of Mercy in Farmington Hills as a Candidate. During that time, she ministered at University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit. Sister Renée was received as a novice in July 2011 and joined the Novitiate Community in Laredo, Texas, for a year focusing on prayer and study. In the second year of her novitiate, a year focusing on service, Sister Renee served at St. Peter's School in the mission district of San Francisco, Calif.
Sister Renée earned a bachelor of arts degree in computer information systems from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY. She is the daughter of Tim and Christina Kettering of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sister Renée is one of 30 women who are in the incorporation process across the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.