When the Catholic Church of Green Bay gathered on Sunday afternoon, May 2, 2010, this was the first time that women religious and men religious celebrated together significant years of when they entered or professed vows. And it was a jubilant and blessed occasion!
Bishop David Ricken presided over the liturgy that honored consecrated brothers and sisters who work in the diocese or who are members of religious orders based in the diocese. These communities were represented:
- Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross
- Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
- Assumption BVM Province
- Capuchin Friars
- Felician Sisters
- Sisters of Our Lady of Charity
- School Sisters of Notre Dame
- Dominican Sisters of Peace
- Sisters of St. Joseph of Chrondelet
- Wheaton Franciscans
- A New Genesis
- Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
Blessed to be invited to lead the music for the day, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity selected meaningful songs of joy and Gospel commitment for the 45 jubilarians celebrating 75, 60, 50 and 25 years of service to God. Novices and professed Sisters formed the choir and played musical instruments.
Some Franciscanized wisdom seems fitting for those of us who hope to fulfill our vocations and celebrate our own significant jubilees one day: “I can’t recall anything in my life that was stagnant or parched. Everyday has been a renewal of blessings and graces.” (Sister Rosalani Gomes, OSF)