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40 Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate Jubilees at St. Joseph's Provincial House
On Saturday, March 19, 2011, over 300 Sisters of St. Joseph and CSJ Associates gathered at the Provincial House to celebrate the gift of vocation with the 40 jubilarians of 2011 who commemorated 75, 70, 60, 50 and 25 years in the congregation and who shared 2,195 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 Patricia Grasso, Phyllis Mauger and Mary Alice St. John lighted a candle for each of the 39 deceased members of the jubilee groups. After PH Chaplain Geoffrey Burke had proclaimed the Gospel, Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, a Golden Jubilarian, inspired participants with reflections focused on the importance of being women who are faithful to the Gospels and to our rich heritage as Sisters of St. Joseph, women who are grateful for their gifts and use their talents in service to others. Sisters and associates celebrated, through the Word, Eucharist and a delicious meal 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.
Click the happy photo below and scroll down the page to experience a slideshow, depicting the joy of the day and to read Sister Anne Bryan Smollin's reflections!