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vow

1. a solemn promise made to a deity or saint, by which the promiser pledges himself to some future act, course of action, or way of life
2. take vows to enter a religious order and commit oneself to its rule of life by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, which may be taken for a limited period as simple vows or as a perpetual and still more solemn commitment as solemn vows
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Researchers surveyed religious who professed perpetual vows in 2012, and obtained responses from 108 sisters and 24 brothers, a response rate of 85 percent of the 156 potential members of the profession class of 2012 identified for CARA by their religious superior.
Long the target of curiosity and speculation, Catholic nuns and sisters have always lived within the contexts of more than one culture, including that of the professed religious and that of their place in the secular world.
I guess we can add Opus Dei to the long list of professed Christians who ignore what Christ actually said and did.
A special-needs student told a fellow fifth-grade boy he was gay, professed his love for the youth, then grabbed his butt in their elementary school bathroom, prompting a sexual harassment complaint and a possible lawsuit.
Flavored with Gannon's Midwestern charm and Irish hard-hitting honesty, A Life In Print is unafraid to level scathing criticsm against individuals or societies--whether decrying presidential canditate John Kerry's professed Catholicism when Kerry has repeatedly voted against pro-life platforms, or lamenting that the factionalized modern-day America is such a far cry away from the unified nation that came together and gave everything it had to support the war effort during World War II.
He was also a vegetarian and professed a belief in nonviolence.
meeting, he professed his desire for a "surprise package," delivered by the engineers without his expressing an a priori objective.
Marguerite joined the community in 1977, went to England as a novice in 1980 and professed her vows in 1985.
The court held that the tests were a violation of the inmate's right to free exercise of religion, but the inmate was required to prove that he "sincerely held" the religious beliefs professed by him, and that he was denied reasonable accommodation for the exercise of his beliefs.
Friendly, coordinator of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, points out that the decline had occurred during a period when governments across Canada professed recognition of the importance of the early years and "giving each child the best start in life".
Welch noted that top performers at GE historically have been rewarded handsomely -- and he professed astonishment that companies would make across-the-board cuts rather than spare their top people.
Instead, their professed hope was that, in time, the North Vietnamese would decide to negotiate a peaceful settlement.