This year the Feast of St. Francis was a day of many graces! We celebrated the 25th Silver Jubliee of three Sisters at our 5:50am Mass. Yes, thats right! It was early in the morning! We had to start early to get in a full day of celebrating! We give thanks to the Lord for the gift of Sr. M. Jessica, Sr. M. Monica and Sr. M. Jacinta. Sr. M. Jessica, originally from Montana, now serves at our Mother of Good Counsel Home in St. Louis. Sr. M. Monica comes from New York and currently teaches in Tulsa, OK. Sr. M. Jacinta found us all the way from Maine and now lives in Lincoln, NE where she teaches at a grade school. Twenty-five years of prayer, sacrifce, service and offering of their lives to the Lord. Thank you Sisters for your joyful witness!
We continued later in the morning and gathered again at 10:00am to celebrate Mass and the 50th Golden Jubilee of Sr. M. Josephine. What a witness to perseverance and joy in serving the Lord. Sr. M. Josephine is our faithful laundress! Archbishop Joseph Naumann from Kansas City, KS shared with us some inspiring words during his homily. He began by reflecting on the impact of one 'yes' made to the Lord hundreds of years ago by one man, St. Francis. He shared some kind words in affirming Sr. M. Josephine in living her life for the God. He commented at the end how they shared the same patron in St. Joseph. Like St. Joseph, Sr. M. Josephine has lived out the silent witness of love. We thank the Lord for the gift of Sr. M. Josephine's life and vocation.
Reverend Mother Margaretta Maria and Sr. M. Engratia's presence with us for this great feastday added to the graces of the day. It was certainly a day to rejoice in our founder, St. Francis, and the call of four of our Sisters to follow in his footsteps in giving all for Christ. St. Francis, pray for us!