Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch ’12 and Gabrielle Bibeau ’11 met the Marianist Sisters when they were students at UD. Now they’ve taken the first significant step toward joining them for life by professing first vows Saturday, May 27, at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.
Their profession came shortly after the announcement of the beatification of the Marianist Sisters’ foundress, Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. The beatification will take place June 10, 2018, just past the end of two years observance of the Marianist bicentenary.
After meeting the Marianist Sisters as students, Cipolla-McCulloch and Bibeau went through the Marianist Student Lay Formation program in different cohorts. Sister Gabrielle majored in English and religious studies and went on to work in parish ministry in both her home dioceses of Indianapolis and in Dayton. After her profession, Sister Gabrielle will be a graduate assistant at the North American Center for Marianist Studies while she completes a master’s degree in theological studies.
After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in biology and religious studies, Sister Caitlin completed a year of volunteer service with a lay Marianist community in Peru. She came back to Dayton and did ministry most recently with Catholic Social Services, where she’ll be returning after her profession.
The Marianist Sisters have been serving in a variety of ministries at UD and other ministries in the Dayton area since 1962.