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Dear and Sisters and Associates,

Whenever I think of a Jubilee, the words of St. Paul to the Philippians come home to me . . .  “Shine like lights on the world, as you hold on to the Word of Life . . . “  A Jubilee encourages the one celebrating the anniversary to reflectively ponder all the chosen roadways of life, including detours as well as the adventures. We all know that it can only be God’s Light that keeps one on the roadway moving ever forward. For those of us privileged to witness and enter into the Jubilee of another, we have the advantage of seeing the lights of a person’s life . . . the kindness, the goodness, the generosity, and the image of God that comes through a life of love. 

In this special issue of VOICES, we celebrate more radiant lights in our midst! We join with our Jubilarians, rejoicing and giving thanks for their 330 years of love and commitment to the healing mission of Blessed Frances Schervier. Their anniversaries are a beautiful and powerful gift of love for our Congregation, for the Church, and for the world . . .

Brazil Area
Sr. Maria Bernadette Batista – 50 years
Sr. Julia Batista Rocha – 50 years
Sr. Maria Goretti  Pereira  - 50 years

U.S. Area
Sr. Therese Martin Hessler – 70 years
Sr. Margaret Ferri – 60 years
Sr. Arleen Bourquin – 50 years

We honor these Associates who have covenanted with us for 25 or more years. Together  they celebrate 210 years as Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Associates and co-ministers . . .

2012 Anniversaries - U.S. Area Associates
Mary Jane Bauer      30 years
Mary Dahlinghaus     31 years
James Flynn     31 years
Anne Raab      31 years
George Raab     31 years
Robert Reis      29 years
Karen Skillman     27 years

 

Sr. Joanne receives Sr. Arleen’s vow renewal along with her community Jubilarians Together! Srs. Therese Martin and ArleenJubilarians Together! Srs. Therese Martin and Arleen Srs. Maria Goretti, Margie, and Maria BernadeteSrs. Maria Goretti, Margie, and Maria Bernadete
Pioneers and Prophets Sr. Margie with Srs. Lécia and Thalyta during Entrance Procession in BrazilPioneers and Prophets Sr. Margie with Srs. Lécia and Thalyta during Entrance Procession in Brazil At the Liturgy of ThanksgivingAt the Liturgy of Thanksgiving Srs. Tiziana and Maria Helena receive the vow renewals of Srs. Maria Goretti, Maria Bernadete and JuliaSrs. Tiziana and Maria Helena receive the vow renewals of Srs. Maria Goretti, Maria Bernadete and Julia

We are deeply grateful to God for the gift of these lives and for their 540 years of shining bright with the healing energy of Christ! United in our healing charism,

Marilyn Trowbridge, sfp
Communications Liaison

[In gratitude for the photos in this issue: Sr. Arleen Bourquin and Lany Dunlop]

[Cover art: Images of liturgical dancers at Sr. Arleen Bourquin’s Jubilee Liturgy]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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