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Staunton Native Professes First Vows as a Dominican

Sister Simone Adams, O.P., former St. Francis of Assisi parishioner among the young women who professed first vows.

The following statement is from the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn.

August, 17, 2022

Six profess vows as Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation

Sister Simone Adams, O.P. made her first profession of vows as a Dominican Sister of Saint Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Aug. 10, 2022.

(Nashville, TN) – Six young women professed the simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as members of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee on August 10, 2022. Among those who made their First Profession was Sister Simone Adams, O.P., a former parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Staunton, VA, in the Diocese of Richmond.

Sister Simone is the daughter of Jeff and Karen Adams, also parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in English (Secondary Education) at Aquinas College, Nashville, owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia.

The Mass for the Rite of First Religious Profession was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. The Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding, Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville, was the main celebrant. The homilist was the Reverend Ambrose Little, O.P., a Dominican Priest of the Province of St. Joseph.

In addition to the sisters making first profession of vows, eight sisters professed their perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience with the Nashville Dominicans on July 25, 2022.

 In 1860, the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was established in Nashville, where its Motherhouse is located.  The Sisters of St. Cecilia are dedicated to the apostolate of Catholic education. The community of 300 sisters serves in 53 schools throughout the United States and abroad, with mission houses in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Bracciano, Italy; Elgin, Scotland; Sittard, The Netherlands, and Limerick, Ireland. For more information on the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, please visit their website at

If you are interested in a vocation with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, please contact: Sister Anne Catherine, O.P.