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consec life jubilees 2765 webVicar for Religious Sister Mariette Moan, of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, addresses attendees of last year's Mass and dinner for consecrated men and women in the dining room of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. (Photo by Karen O, Bray)

HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate a Mass at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 for 235 consecrated men and women religious in the chapel of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. It will be followed by a dinner reception.

Vicar for Religious Sister Mariette Moan, of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, said that of the religious attending, 11 are celebrating 25th, 50th, 60th or 75th anniversaries, known as jubilees. During the Mass, the archbishop will ask the jubilarians to renew their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.

Among those present at the celebration will be Blaise Falbo, the newly professed hermit for the Archdiocese of Hartford; Sophia Winiarski, one of two consecrated virgins of the archdiocese; and Claudette Cyr, who will be celebrating her 60th anniversary as a member of the Secular Institute of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate.

Sister Mariette pointed out that this year’s jubilee celebration takes on special meaning because it occurs at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. She said that Pope Francis provides the Catholic faithful with a great example of what servant leadership looks like because one of his many gifts is his ability to have his hand on the pulse of his brothers and sisters: to listen, to understand and then to act.

“In this past year, he has called all of us to contemplate mercy and to grow in our heart’s capacity for forgiving and being forgiven, to truly celebrate that we are – all of us – loved unconditionally by the Father, and then to share that Good News through a reawakening of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. While each of the charisms of the many religious institutes in our archdiocese represent a unique gift to the church, it is amazing how many of them specifically express aspects of mercy,” she said.

Sister Mariette added: “Our charisms unite us in that we are essentially giving witness to the fact that, as Pope Francis asserts: ‘The language of the Spirit, the language of the Gospel, is the language of Communion.’ We go forward together in commitment to our call, our charism and our mission in union with mission of the whole church.”

Information about consecrated life is available from Sister Mariette at 860-242-5573.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.