On the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, I celebrated Mass at the Cathedral in recognition of World Day of Consecrated Life. We were blessed to have more than 100 religious sisters and brothers in attendance. We especially acknowledged the service of 15 sisters who were observing from 25 to 75 years of dedicated service to God’s people.
Those celebrating their jubilees included Pax Christi Sisters Guadalupe Cervantes and Patricia Zuniga, 25 years; Sister Elsa Joseph, SABS and Sister Amor Vigare, OP, 40 years; Sister Elizabeth Close, IWBS, Sister Celia Hernandez, MJMJ and Sister Lydia Plastas, SFCC, 50 years; Incarnate Word Sisters Mary Lelia Aguilar, Mary Camelia Herlihy, Mary Colette Brehony and Martha Ann Snapka, 60 years; Sister Barbara Bluntzer, SP, Sister Mary Catherine Brehony, IWBS and Sister Kathleen McDonagh, ISBS, 65 years; and Sister Mary Anselm Till, IWBS, 75 years.
The jubilarians committed themselves to the Lord thorough professing the evangelical counsels of celibate, chastity, poverty, and obedience. On behalf of the church I thanked them for their years of dedicated service. At my invitation they renewed their commitment to follow Christ in consecrated life.
Let us pray to our Loving God, who invited these women and men to a life of public service in and to our church, that they may continue to bear witness to the great grace of their vocation, persevering in a life of prayer and service.
Please extend your appreciation to the women and men religious that are present in your lives of faith.