Religious sisters and brothers marking significant anniversaries in religious life were honored at a Jubilee Mass by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, May 22.
The religious brothers of the diocese were honored along with women religious at a jubilee celebration May 22 at Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston. They were guests of honor at a liturgy celebrated by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and at the dinner that followed.
This is a memorable year for you to be celebrating your jubilee as the universal Church celebrates the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It is a focused year to think about our vocation to serve in our Church and Diocese; and for all of us in the Church to reflect on what we do with our lives – and most importantly – HOW we do it.
Benedictine Father Simon-Pierre Arnold warned aging and declining religious congregations that it would be a mistake to try to “mend an old fabric with new cloth” or “pour new wine into old wineskins” at the general assembly of the Canadian Religious Conference this year.
Even in retirement, Dr. Thomas Ignatius Hayes says he is still learning from the nuns in his life about dedication to one’s ministry, wherever God plants them.
Of the many tasks women religious perform, one of the better-kept secrets has been the role of four Sisters of the Holy Child Mary who were part of a global effort to make a complete map and catalog of the starry skies.