Albertus Magnus College Celebrates Perpetual Profession of Vows
Sister Ana Isabel González, O.P. Makes Final Commitment
New Haven, Conn., August 12, 2021 – Albertus Magnus College congratulates Sr. Ana González, O.P., as the Dominican Sisters of Peace celebrate her Perpetual Profession of Vows. This day of joy and blessing took place on August 8, 2021, the feast of St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order, at the Behan Community Center on the College’s New Haven, Conn., campus.
|Sr. Ana González, O.P.|
“This Ceremony of Perpetual Profession was the culmination of Sr. Ana's journey to
becoming a vowed member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Through this formative
time, Sr. Ana brought joy and compassion to many and we ask the gift of wisdom for
her as she continues to live her religious and ministerial life,” said Albertus Assistant
to the President for Dominican Mission, Sr. Anne Kilbride, O.P.
Albertus Magnus College is a Catholic College in the Dominican Tradition, founded in 1925 by who are known today as the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Albertus was New England’s first Catholic, residential Liberal Arts college for women. Today, as Albertus winds-down its historic 95th Anniversary, the legacy and values bestowed then are as meaningful and essential today.
|Sr. Ana González, O.P.with Sr. Anne Kilbride|
The blessing of Sr. Ana’s holy commitment is one of many shining examples of when Albertus says, “We Have Faith in Our Future,” as that is more than a tagline, it is a belief and a sense of empowerment. Sr. Ana upholds those values each and every day as she is a driving force behind Albertus being on the verge of becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution. This means that almost 25-percent of the College’s student population is Latinx. In fact, since her arrival in July 2018, Sr. Ana has been bringing a greater multi-cultural and global understanding to the liberal arts campus through her international recruitment efforts in her role as Coordinator of International Admissions in Albertus’ Admissions Department. This includes playing a crucial role in Albertus’ Memorandum of Collaboration with Colegio Santo Tomas de Aquino and Colegio Jordan de Sajona in Bogota, Colombia and Colegio Lacordaire in Cali, Colombia in 2020.
For more than a year, Sr. Ana has been leading the charge in Connecticut to educate Latinx students and their families about the college application process. Because the Latinx culture is so family-focused, Sr. Ana has made it her mission to connect with people through local churches, schools, state commissions, and the media.
Prayers as Sr. Ana takes her final vows.
From September to December 2020 and following COVID precautions, Sr. Ana visited Spanish-speaking church services in the New Haven and Bridgeport, Conn., areas. She shared with parishioners the value of a college education. She promoted two free workshops: “Destino: Mi Futuro” -- a four-week course that guided high school seniors through the complicated college application process; and “Educacion, Luz y Poder” -- geared towards parents and mentors.
On October 6, Sr. Ana was a keynote speaker to lawmakers on the Latino and Puerto
Rican Sub-Commission of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity
and Opportunity (CWCSEO). Her presentation was very well-received and considered
a model for a larger effort. Two days later, in partnership with the Albertus Communications
and Marketing team, Sr. Ana addressed members of the media on the strides in diversity
at the College. That media conversation directly led to a Spanish language radio
ad campaign as well as several local and regional radio and television interview and
Albertus looks forward to Sr. Ana’s continued dedication to the Four Dominican Pillars of Study, Prayer, Community, and Service. Her final vows not only uphold these values but contribute to the College’s mission and continued growth.
About Albertus Magnus College
About Albertus Magnus College: Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a Catholic College in the Dominican tradition. It is recognized by external rankings such as US News & World Report Best Colleges, Money Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. The College has an enrollment of 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated adult degree programs, and 12 graduate programs, including a new Master of Public Administration and the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program in Connecticut. In the last year, the College received two significant Federal grants in support of student success and well-being: a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice and a $1.9 million Title III grant from the Department of Education.