Called in God’s Service for 75 and 60 Years

by Sister Julie Ann on May 31, 2010

Franciscan Sisters Celebrate Diamond Jubilarians of Profession

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity celebrate the 75 and 60 years of profession of their Sisters on May 30, 2010.

While Memorial Day recalls the men and women who have died in our nation’s service (a tradition possibly begun by organized women’s groups in the South who lovingly decorated graves before the end of the Civil War),  Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity also decorate and celebrate our own tradition Memorial Day Weekend.  

On Sunday, May 30, 2010, our Franciscan Sisters who answered the call to consecrated life serving God for 75 and 60 years ago were remembered with jubilation at a special Eucharistic liturgy followed by a festive dinner by family, friends and community members. Bishop David Ricken, Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, was invited to preside at the Eucharistic celebration.

Our Sisters commemorating their religious profession anniversaries were:

Franciscan Sister Jubilarians on the day of their Reception in to the Novitiate

Find out more about these Franciscan Sisters who were received into the Novitiate more than 60 years ago.

75 years: Sister Mary Zigo, Sister Madonna Schmelzle, Sister Jo LaVerne Keimig

60 years: Sister Paulita Adrian, Sister Juanita Wilson, Sister Roselani Gomes, Sister Marietta Marmes, Sister Johanna Kalscheur, Sister Carmen Rank, Sister Mary Eileen McGuigan, Sister Aquin Van Arkel, Sister Lucy Dorn

Called to Be a Franciscan Sister

Each jubilarian has her own story of how she was called to be a Franciscan Sister. Sister Paulita Adrian, OSF,  and Sister Roselani Gomes, OSF share a bit about their journey as Catholic women religious.



6 thoughts on “Called in God’s Service for 75 and 60 Years”

  1. Marie says:

    God bless all the sisters, especially those celebrating their jubilees this year. Thank you for the service and the inspiration! God bless you all!

  2. Loisann says:

    Congratulations and May God continue to Bless the Franciscan Sisters of Christian chairity as they celebrate their 75 and 60 years of profession.

  3. Thanks for taking the time to ponder the awesome lives of our Sisters. We pray with you that God may continue to bless us and all the wonderful people who share in our lives.

  4. As we prayed Vespers this evening with the special blessing of Sister Chiara's Profession habit, on the eve of her First Profession of Vows, I reflected upon last week's celebration of our Sisters' Jubilees.

    To witness the beginning of the journey of a young woman making her vows and the celebration of Sisters having lived their vows for 60 and 75 years is hard to put into words…Both are such profound experiences of the great mystery of God's intimate love in our lives!

  5. Mary Freshwater Geib says:

    Sr. Mary Zigo was the principal at St. John the Evangelist School in Wellsburg, WV when I was growing up. I am the youngest of 5 children who went through St. John under her guidance. We have wonderful memories of her service to the people of our parish! I was thrilled to read about her jubilee in May, and hope that she continues to lead a long and happy life of prayer for our families.
    Mary Freshwater Geib

  6. Mary, we are thrilled you took the time to leave a comment. Sister Mary is one beautiful Sister! She is truly a happy Sister!

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