We had our community celebration of Sr. Mary John\’s golden jubilee earlier this month, and yesterday–the solemnity of Christ the King–we had her jubilee Mass! Some of Sister\’s family and friends were able to be present, and Bishop Joseph Strickland celebrated the Mass, joined by Fr. Marcos Ramos, OP (our chaplain) and Fr. Marty Iott, OP.
Sr. Mary John renews her vows
Sister Mary John and Sr. Maria Guadalupe presenting the gifts to Bishop Strickland during Mass
After the beautiful Mass, Sister Mary John was able to visit with her family and friends in the parlor.
Bishop Strickland and Sr. Mary John
Mother Susan Catherine of the Daughters of Divine Hope with Sr. Mary John
Eddie Kupec, a long time friend of the Monastery and of Sr. Mary John
Sr. Mary John with a cherished family friend (left) and her brother and sister-in-law (right)
Sr. Mary John and her cousins
Sr. Mary John and her niece, Helen, her namesake
Sr. Mary John and her brother, Charles!
After Mass the community visited with Sr. Mary John\’s guests in the Gate Parlor. Here we see Sr. Mary Rose, Sr. Mary Thomas and Sr. Maria Guadalupe chatting with Fr. Marty Iott, OP
In his homily at the Mass Bishop Strickland praised Sr. Mary John for her 50 years of dedication to the Lord and His Church, and said that she could look forward to another 50 years! We don\’t know if this is possible, but we certainly wish Sr. Mary John many good and happy years to come as she continues to serve God with joy and gladness!