A Great Day For Phoenix! The Consecration Mass of Virgins and a surprise…

Kimberly Zeeman (left) ~ Claire Halbur (right), Consecrated Virgins for the Diocese of Phoenix
The Sisters of Life from New York (left to right): Sister John Mary De Souza, SV, Vicar General, Sister Giovanna Mariae, SV, Secretary and Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV, Mother General.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have the wonderful news to share, which was just announced publicly by Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV at our Diocesan Respect-Life Luncheon this afternoon that the Sisters of Life are delighted to come to Phoenix to establish a foundation at St. Agnes Convent in Phoenix in August 2021, to be collaborators in the pro-life efforts of our Diocese, particularly with their visitation ministry which includes services to give assistance and counseling to women with unexpected pregnancies and pro-life education. These efforts will also include once a month visits to give talks and be present to the university students at ASU’s All Saints Newman Center in Tempe. Such hopeful, good news makes this truly a great day for the Diocese of Phoenix!

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Consecration of Virgins Mass – Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, Phoenix

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Saturday, August 22, 2020, on the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, the Consecration of Virgins, Claire Halbur and Kimberly Zeeman, was truly a GREAT DAY for the Diocese of Phoenix, which will be cherished forever! I would like to share the photos of this glorious Consecration Mass here.

  • Click here for a special interview of the Consecrated Virgins.
  • Click here for Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s homily for the Consecration.
  • Click here to view the Consecration Mass of Virgins on August 22, 2020.

Photos of the Consecration Mass, a day to cherish in our history:

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Claire Halbur receives the candle representing her purity and total self-gift to God.
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Bishop Thomas Olmsted incenses the Altar.
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Claire Halbur singing, glorifying the Lord with her gifts in music.
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Aletheia, (flower girl) Claire’s niece and goddaughter, looking straight at us intently!
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John Halbur, Claire’s father, read the First Reading for the Mass.
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Sarah, Claire’s sister sang the Responsorial Psalm exquisitely! She also arranged the flowers!
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Sr. Mary Angela Alexander, RSM, with dignity, read the Second Reading for the Mass.
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The Crowning of the Virgin by Louis-Edouard Paul Fournier (fl. 1857-1917).
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Kimberly Zeeman singing, glorifying the Lord.
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The Virgins lie prostrate surrendering themselves completely, body and soul, to God.
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Kimberly Zeeman promises perpetual virginity and dedication to Jesus Christ for life.
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Bishop Olmsted receives Kimberly’s Profession.
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Claire Halbur promises perpetual virginity and dedication to Jesus Christ for life.
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Bishop Olmsted receives Claire’s Profession.
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Bishop Olmsted extends a special blessing upon the Consecrated Virgins.
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Bishop Olmsted places the ring on Kimberly’s finger, symbolizing her espousal to Jesus Christ.
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Bishop Olmsted places the ring on Claire’s finger, symbolizing her espousal to Jesus Christ.
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Kimberly receives from Bishop Olmsted the Liturgy of the Hours, the Prayer of the Church.
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Claire receives from Bishop Olmsted the Liturgy of the Hours, the Prayer of the Church.
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The two Consecrated Virgins, Kimberly Zeeman and Claire Halbur, respond together.
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Let us give thanks to God for the lives and vocations of our two newly consecrated Diocesan Consecrated Virgins Living in the World! It’s a great day for the Church in Phoenix as they will be a testimony to virginity, espousal to Christ, a life dedicated to prayer and service to the Church, the purity of the Church and spiritual motherhood as they pray for our Priests.

Kimberly and Claire, thank you for saying, “Yes!” to God’s call and for giving your entire lives to Jesus Christ as Consecrated Virgins. The Church is blessed!

Your Sister in Christ,

Sister Anthony Mary Diago, RSM

Director of the Office of Consecrated Life

Diocese of Phoenix

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