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The West Hartford community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Region, recently celebrated sisters who are marking their 75th, 50th and 25th years of religious life.
In photo on left, Sisters Madeline Follachio, seated, and Elizabeth Travers were honored for 75 years at a Mass celebrated in the Archbishop Whealon Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy at St. Mary Home.
They were joined by members marking 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th year anniversaries of religious life.
In photo at right, the sisters celebrated Sisters Mary Etta Higgins, right, and Carol Duffy, left, for their 50 years of religious life, and Sister Patricia Moriarty for her 25th anniversary, at a Mass on Sept. 22 at St. Mark Parish in West Hartford. Passionist Father David Cinquegrani was the celebrant.
NEW BRITAIN – The Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception have re-elected Mother Mary Jennifer Carroll as superior general at their 14th general chapter (meeting).
Also elected at the summertime session in the motherhouse were Sister Mary Mark Pizzotti, vicar general and treasurer; Sister Mary Lucille Banach, second councilor and secretary; and Sister Mary Janice Zdunczyk, third councilor.
HAMDEN – Sister Colleen Patricia Mattingly and Sister Carrie Christine Zagurskie have professed perpetual vows as Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus during a eucharistic liturgy in the chapel of the order’s provincial house on Benham Street.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant.
A reception and dinner followed for sisters, families and friends in the cafeteria at Sacred Heart Academy.
HARTFORD – Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer organization, has named Dr. Michael R. Bourque, a senior OB/GYN physician at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, a Daily Point of Light Award honoree for his leadership role on the "Blue Team," a medical missionary team with International Medical Missions of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
The award honors Dr. Bourque’s ongoing commitment to deliver first-class medical services to those in need. Dr. Bourque and his medical missionary team were featured in The Catholic Transcript in April 2011.
Women religious who are celebrating significant anniversaries this year pose outside of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary during a celebration of consecrated life on Oct. 19 at the center.
With them are Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, principal celebrant of the Mass; Father John S. Golas, vicar for religious; and Sister Mariette Moan of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, director of the archdiocesan Office for Religious, in front row at right.
A buffet reception followed.
The jubilarians are Sister Petrina Mazzola of the Religious Teachers Filippini, 75 years; Sister Marie Gertrude Laliberté of the Daughters of Wisdom, 65 years; Sister of Mercy Dolores J. Beshara, Sister Dorothy Connelly of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Sister Gertrude Marie McConnell of the Little Sisters of the Poor; Sister Mary Clare Milewski of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Felician Sister Mary Stella Motyl, and Congregation de Notre Dame Sisters Jewel Renna and Eleanor Verrastro, 60 years. Also, Sisters of Mercy Ann O’Neill and Marie Christel Scholl, 55 years; Sisters Patricia Cigrand and Paula Marie Pitruzzello of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sister Mary Friel of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and Felician Sister Joanne Marian Kaminski, 50 years. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)