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31 Jubilarians Are Honored at Provincial House Celebration
On Saturday, March 14, 2009, over 350 Sisters of St. Joseph and CSJ Associates gathered at the Provincial House to celebrate the gift of vocation with the 31 jubilarians of 2009 who commemorated 80, 75, 70, 60 and 50 years in the congregation and who shared nearly 2,000 years of service as Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Applause and cheering began the moment the oldest jubilarians entered the chapel to begin the procession and continued until the youngest jubilarians had taken their seats. Sisters Katherine Arseneau and Jackie Johnas led the Litany of Remembrance as Sisters William Aloysius Fitzpatrick, Ellen Judith Lindsley and Mary Anne Bookman lighted a candle for each of the 74 deceased members of the jubilee groups. After PH Chaplain Geoffrey Burke had proclaimed the Gospel, Sister Margaret Patrick McPeak inspired participants with a homily focused on the importance of beginnings and of loving relationships. Sisters and associates celebrated, through the Word, the Eucharist and the richness of dance and song, the joy of being together.
Throughout the day, jubilarians, sisters and associates expressed thanks to the Jubilee Committee, Morrison Food Service, and all others who had helped to plan the beautiful day of celebration. Most of all, sisters and associates alike, offered thanks to God for the gifts of faithfulness, friendship, service and love with which they had been blessed.