On August 19th, my dear friend, Maria Paz Arnes, professed temporary vows as a hermit in the Diocese of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada in accord with Canon 603 of the Roman Catholic Church. Hers has been a long journey beginning in the Basque country of Spain, stopping in Mexico and the U.S. and now arriving in the very young city of Prince George, four hundred and fifty miles north of Vancouver. In the early 19th century it was a fur trading outpost. In the early 20th century it was in corporated and dominated by the logging industry. On the longest day of the year in June, the sun sets at 11pm and rises at 3am! Temperatures of 40 degrees below zero are not unusual. To get anywhere you must drive for a long time.
Sr. Maria Paz of Jesus and her hermit vocation has been welcomed by the People of God in Prince George. For more pictures of Maria, her Bishop Gerald Weisner, OMI and her profession at regular Sunday 11am Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral click on to this link to the diocesan website. http://pgdiocese.bc.ca/events/SrMaria.htm. May the Diocese be blessed in all its ministries to the poor and most abandoned. And may Sr. Maria receive every grace necessary to persevere in her vocation.