Sisters of St. Joseph Honor 20 Jubilarians
About 300 sisters, family and friends of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia gathered at the Nazareth Motherhouse on Sunday morning, June 9, to celebrate the Jubilee anniversaries of 20 sisters — together representing 1,250 years of love and service to God and the dear neighbor.
The annual celebration recognizes sisters who are marking milestone anniversaries of the date they were received as novices into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. Since the special day comes at the end of the congregation’s annual June Assembly, almost all of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia were able to be present.
The theme of the celebration was “Weavers of the Spirit of Love.”
The celebration began with Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel inside the Motherhouse at 10:30 a.m. Fathers Jim Dallen and Kerry Ninemire were the celebrants.
Sister Marilyn Wall welcomed the Jubilarians and crowd.
“Welcome to this day of gratitude and celebration,” Sister Marilyn said. “Many of you who are our guests today were also guests when these Jubilarians entered the novitiate.”
Sister Mary Jo Thummel led the Jubilarians in a renewal of their vows.
“O my God, I renew my vow of fidelity. My vows of obedience, chastity and poverty, hoping with Your divine grace to observe them faithfully all my life.”
They each were presented with gifts from the Community.
“You have truly been weavers of the Spirit of God,” Sister Marilyn said. “And the tapestry you have woven is magnificent.”
Following Mass, the sisters and their guests enjoyed a festive lunch provided by Larry Metro, food service manager, and his staff.
After lunch, a presentation to honor the Jubilarians began at 1:30 p.m. in the Nazareth Motherhouse auditorium. The room was packed with overflow seating, even up on the stage, to accommodate the large crowd of sisters and well-wishers.
Sister Denise Schmitz was the emcee for the occasion, with music provided by Sisters Regina Ann Brummel and Dian Hall. Sister Jodi Creten wrote a poem to celebrate the Jubilarians.
Following a video presentation honoring the 20 sisters, the ceremony closed with all the sisters and guests singing the song “Courageous Women.”
This year’s Jubilarians are:
70 years (1949): Sisters Mary Augustine, Doris Marie Flax, Margaret Jilka (deceased), and Lucy Schneider.
60 years (1959): Sisters Marcia Allen, Jean Befort, Diane Brin, Anna Marie Broxterman, Rosemary Farrell, Faye Huelsmann, Pat McLennon, Nancy Meade, Shirley Meier, Donna Otter, Virginia Pearl, Philomene Reiland, Marilyn Stahl, Betty Suther, and Mary Jo Thummel.
25 years (1994): Sister Jean Rosemarynoski.