Young Woman from Spokane Enters Prenovitiate

November 2, 2022

Photo above: Sister Maria Guadalupe with her family and a TOR priest serving at Franciscan University of Steubenville in the chapel of her novitiate.

A young woman from Spokane, WA took a next step in her journey as a religious sister by concluding a year-long postulancy to become a pre-novice with the Daughters of Holy Mary of the Heart of Jesus. This marks the beginning of her second year with the community. Abby Hanson, daughter of Rich and Karen Hanson, received her religious name of Sister Maria Guadalupe as part of her entrance into the prenovitiate.

Though originally from Iowa, the future Sister Maria Guadalupe grew up in Spokane, where she and her family attended Mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Parish and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. She was also active in Spokane’s Northside Youth Ministry during high school. During her studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville, she encountered the Daughters of Holy Mary of the Heart of Jesus. This community has its roots in Spain from 1954, and it has operated an American novitiate in Steubenville, OH since 2011. It fosters a strong contemplative spirituality focusing on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which animates the sisters to be “missionaries of the Trinitarian Love of God revealed in Christ.” Their apostolic work primarily takes place in education.

Sr. Maria Guadalupe with mother

Sister Maria Guadalupe with her mother, Karen Hanson.

Sister Maria Guadalupe entered the prenovitiate during a Mass celebrated at the Marian Fountain of Living Faith Novitiate in Steubvenville, OH on September 24, 2022.

More information about Sister Maria Guadalupe’s community can be found by clicking here.