Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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BLOOMFIELD – Consecrated life, and specifically, milestone years spent by women in consecrated life, were celebrated Oct. 11 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary.

The event was billed as the archdiocesan Mass for the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. The Year of Consecrated Life, announced by Pope Francis, begins Nov. 29.

In a homily invoking “the beautiful bridal imagery” that is part of the tradition of a community’s final profession of vows, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, principal celebrant of a Mass, bestowed blessings on 11 women religious from eight orders who are marking significant anniversaries this year. All are “renewed with all of us in the love of the Bridegroom, who is our Lord Jesus Christ,” he said.

Sister Mariette Moan, vicar for religious, called upon each sister to stand for the archbishop’s blessing and the affirmation of the congregation.

With a combined 465 years of service to the church, the following women were recognized: For 65 years, Sister Michele Kaelin, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery; for 60 years, Sister of Mercy Dolores Liptak, Felician Sister Marianne Los and Sister Alodie Brownholtz of the Little Sisters of the Poor; for 55 years, Sister of Mercy Mary Healy; for 50 years, Felician Sister M. Auguste Biache; Sister Mariann Guiniven of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; Sister Mary Macri of the Religious Teachers Filippini; Felician Sister Jeanine Morozowich; and Sister Judith Musco of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and for 25 years, Sister Catherine Mary Clarke of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.

At the reception that followed, Sister Mariette, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, spoke of the November 2014 start of the Year of Consecrated Life, citing Pope Francis, from whose Evangelii Gaudium the theme of the celebration, “We are called to joy!” derived.

“In a short while, we will usher in the Year of Consecrated Life. What a great affirmation from Pope Francis of the life that we share and the important place that consecrated life has in the life of the church. What a great commission he gives us to wake up the world,” Sister Mariette said.

Archbishop Blair told the guests the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls consecrated life a special sign of the mystery of redemption, and says that to follow and imitate Christ more nearly is to be more deeply present to one’s contemporaries in the heart of Christ. To the jubilarians he said, “My dear sisters, to be more deeply present to one’s contemporaries, what a great privilege and a challenge this is. What a great privilege and challenge is yours.”

Archbishop Blair thanked the sisters and their communities for what they do, and what they are, in the life of the church in the Archdiocese of Hartford and far beyond.

Addressing the jubilarians, Archbishop Blair got a laugh from the crowd with the words of Saint Augustine: “In the end, it’s not how you begin, but how you end.” To the ensuing laughter he quipped, “Not that you’re done yet!”

Sisters celebrating milestone years in consecrated life pose with Archbishop Leonard Blair and Sister Mariette Moan, vicar for religious, right, in the chapel at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, where the archbishop was principal celebrant of a Mass for the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life on Oct. 11.Sisters celebrating milestone years in consecrated life pose with Archbishop Leonard Blair and Sister Mariette Moan, vicar for religious, right, in the chapel at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, where the archbishop was principal celebrant of a Mass for the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life on Oct. 11.

From left in photo are Sisters of Mercy Mary Healy and Dolores Liptak, Sister of St. Joseph Michelle Kaelin, Sister Catherine Mary Clarke of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, Sister Alodie Brownholtz of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Sister Mary Macri of the Religious Teachers Filippini, Archbishop Blair, Sister Judith Musco of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Felician Sister Jeanine Morozowich, Felician Sister Marianne Los, Sister Mariann Guiniven of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Felician Sister Auguste Biache, and Sister Mariette. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)