In 2012, Gaughan professed her first vows and then renewed her vows in 2015, while completing her studies for a Master of Social Work degree. She graduated from Aurora University on May 8, 2016 and also obtained a child welfare employee license.
During the offertory and the presentation of gifts, five roses were brought out. Each represented a loved one who had died. One was for her father Patrick Gaughan, another for Godfather Jimmy Gaughan, and the final three were for her prayer sisters, Sister Marie Grunloh, Sister Rose Spatny and Sister Anne Wayrowski.
Throughout the profession ceremony, in the readings, in the prayers for the Faithful, in the words shared by Father John Regan and Sister Maria Pesavento, to the music chosen of this special occasion, God was truly present and He again reminded Gaughan of His plan for her.
Gaughan willingly professed her vows of living in poverty, in chastity and in obedience according to the Rule and Life of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis and the Constitutions of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate.
Above, Sister Deborah signs the congregation ledger witnessed by Sister Dolores Zemont, president of the congregation and Rev. John Regan, celebrant at the Mass.