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Jubilarians and Province Rejoice at Festive Anniversary Celebration!
On Saturday, March 14, 2015, over 300 Sisters of St. Joseph and CSJ Associates gathered at the Provincial House to celebrate the gift of vocation with the 47 jubilarians of the Albany Province who commemorated 75, 70, 60, 50 and 25 years in the congregation and who shared 2,790 years of service as Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Applause and cheering began the moment the 75-year jubilarians entered the chapel to begin the procession and turned into cheering when Silver Jubilarian Sister Betsy Van Deusen made her entrance! Albany Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard was the presider at the Jubilee Liturgy, joined by PH Chaplain Rev. Geoffrey Burke as celebrant, with concelebrants Rev. David Jones, MM, brother of 60-year Jubilarian Sister Marilyn Jones, and Rev. John Croghan, brother of Golden Jubilarian Sister Catherine Sean Croghan. Seventy-year Jubilarian Sister Fran Eustace welcomed the congregation and Silver Jubilarian Sister Betsy Van Deusen presented reflections on the Scripture readings and their meaning in light of this very special the day. Sister Jackie Johnas served as cantor, joined by Sister Patricia St. John as pianist, Sister Patricia Houlihan as organist and a guest oboist and flutist. Sisters Suzanne Petronis and Genevieve Joseph Ciszek created the lovely chapel ambience. Sister Miriam Ukeritis led the sisters in the vow renewal while CSJ Associate Lorraine Muldowney Allore led associates in a renewal of their promises. As a post-Communion reflection, sisters lighted five candles, representing the deceased members of each jubilee group. It was a joy-filled day in which sisters and associates celebrated, through the Word, the Eucharist and a festive 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 the photo to watch a slide show of the jubilarians and the Jubilee Liturgy. You will also be able to view the reflections by Silver Jubilarian Sister Betsy (J. Elizabeth) Van Deusen!