The nuns spend time before the Blessed Sacrament before the guests arrive for the dedication.
Sister Maureen, an extern (a nun permitted to step outside of the cloister for special reasons), greets a sister from the Apostolic Sisters of St. John as she arrives for the dedication.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin at the moment of Consecration. The Liturgy of the Eucharist is offered facing the nuns in the cloister, who are behind the grille in their area known as the choir, which faces toward the congregation.
The congregation's perspective. The nuns are in their screened choir behind the altar.
In a rare moment, the nuns step out of the cloister to the new vestibule to participate with Cardinal Tobin in the blessing of the space.
A sister then guides the cardinal through the building to bless each room.
Blessed!
This is one of the beds built by Sister Mary Magdalene.
Sister Mary Jacinta greets a little one as the congregation is invited for a very rare tour of the inside of the new building.
The walled garden within the enclosure, where the Sisters have recreation and get some fresh air during their daily life.
A few Sisters who are acting as tour guides pose for a quick picture.
No wonder that St. Martin de Porres is remembered and honored with this special room. "I came not to be served but to serve!"