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Province Honors 30 CSJ Jubilarians at Celebration at St. Joseph's Provincial House
On Saturday, March 17, 2012, over 350 Sisters of St. Joseph and CSJ Associates gathered at the Provincial House to celebrate the gift of vocation with the 30 jubilarians of the Albany Province who commemorated 75, 70, 60, and 50 years in the congregation and who shared 1,830 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 Laura Bufano and Jacqueline Johnson sang the Litany of Remembrance as Sisters Serena Thompson (50) and Clare Pelkey (60) lighted a candle for each of the 39 deceased members of the jubilee groups. After PH Chaplain Geoffrey Burke had proclaimed the Gospel, Sister Joanne St. Hilaire, a 60-Year Jubilarian, inspired participants with reflections focused on the importance of being women who are faithful to the Gospel 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 on Sister Joanne St. Hilaire’s photo below to read her homily, given at the Jubilee Liturgy! Then enjoy the slideshow of the joy-filled Jubilee 2012 celebration!
Click here to watch some YOUTUBE videos!
See the list and photos of all the 2012 Albany Province Jubilarians.
View the list of the deceased members of the jubilee classes.