Her new name as a Poor Clare Colettine is "Sr. Mary Agnes of the Divine Bridegroom"! The Poor Clare Colettine monastery she entered is in Rockford, IL, whose website is here and a page on their life here.
When asked her if she got to pick her dress, she replied yes, she did. They have a few different ones there. She requested to add the blue sash/ribbon in honor of Our Lady.
Msgr. Kurz, the nuns' chaplain, is blessing the Holy Habit during Holy Mass.
Then a while after the Holy Mass and a silent thanksgiving, the ceremony began in the parlor with a blessing from Fr. Arial, a Rockford priest she knew well. They were all singing as they opened the curtain. She looked so beautiful in that dress and so happy!!!
These nuns have several younger sisters, but these, I am pretty sure, are the oldest in the community around her. I believe because monasteries usually process by age (of profession) with the youngest first .. so the younger ones were in the hallway.
They have 20 altogether there now (as of Sept 2012), I believe there are more.
The Poor Clare Colettines are one of the few orders left who us the centuries old tradition, custom of the postulant wearing a bridal gown on her day of Clothing. The PCCs also honor this beautiful tradition because the postulant IS a fiance and soon-to-be Bride of Christ (on her Solemn Profession Day) and because on the day she ran off to join St. Francis and he cut her hair, St. Clare of Assisi wore her finest gown, other garments, head wear and jewels when she gave herself to God.
Here is the above young girl, now Sr. Agnes of the Divine Bridegroom, clothed in her holy habit with the Crown of Flowers.
Sr. Agnes with her Novice cake topped with the Franciscan Crucifix of San Damiano.
Sr. Agnes, filled with Franciscan Joy!
As a novice, Sr. Agnes is now a certified barefoot Poor Clare Colettine! Postulants are not allowed to go barefoot, besides other "leniences" given to them that are lifted when a novice. Though you can't see her feet in this picture.