Giving Thanks for California Golden Jubilarians
The words “do not worry” became a benediction as well as an inspiring call to faithful action as five Sisters of the Holy Names renewed their vows in celebration of 50 years of consecrated life on Saturday, April 2.
With lighted tapers in hand, the five stood before several hundred people gathered at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church to renew their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The assembly gave thanks for Marcia Frideger, SNJM; Linda Fusilier, SNJM, Alanna Lechner, SNJM, Miriam Malone, SNJM, and Grayce Ross, SNJM.
In addition, they remembered two Sisters from their group who died before the Golden Jubilee celebration they had hoped to share: Margaret Spiller, SNJM, who passed away in February, and Judy Rinek, SNJM, who died in 2010.
In a reflection filled with tenderness, Sr. Miriam reminded those gathered of the Gospel promise that God will always be present through sorrows, loss and change. “The Word of God is so much more than a source of personal solace and reassurance. It is the dynamic, ancient and ever new source of life and meaning for the community of believers,” she said. The message “do not worry” is for all who struggle with injustice, need or fear, she added, because the Sisters will continue to act and pray on their behalf.
“Nourished by the Bread and Cup of Life, may we go forth from this celebration - worry surrendered, faith renewed, and Easter peace deep within,” she concluded. “Then, moment by moment, may we continue to be God’s message and miracle for one another and for our world.”
The California Jubilarians are among 16 Sisters of the Holy Names who are celebrating their Golden Jubilee this year. Stories and photos of each of them are posted on the Golden Jubilarian page.