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.