‘For 50, 60 years you have been an inspiration’
Sisters from throughout the Diocese of Orlando joined Bishop John Noonan to honor and celebrate five women who have served the Lord for a combined number of 270 years. They gathered for the Sisters Jubilee Mass celebrated on Nov. 10 at the Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel. The joyous occasion brought together many religious communities and is one of two annual events organized by the Sisters’ Council of the Diocese of Orlando.
Dominican Sister Maureen Cannon and Sister of St. Joseph Rosemary Lorenzen celebrated their 60-year diamond jubilee, while Sister of St. Francis Elizabeth Murphy, Dominican Sister of Notre Dame Mary Katherine Palisin, and Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Elizabeth Crean celebrated their 50-year golden jubilees. During the celebration of Mass, the sisters renewed their vows, declaring, “I pray that my vow to life may continue to foster justice, peace and goodness in our world, community and Church.”
“For 50, 60 years, you have been an inspiration,” Bishop Noonan said. “You have been that love and example so that our people, the people of God, may come to know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.”
“During these challenging times, it is important to reiterate Jesus’ words,‘Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.’ You are those images. You are those powerful words because your lives are those words and images to remind people of what really is important, that we are living the message and that our lives are dedicated to the message of the Gospel.”
Following the liturgy, the sisters gathered for a luncheon, where Bishop John Noonan and Sister of Mercy Immaculata Knox, presented the jubliarians with gifts. The sisters also welcomed four new sisters to the diocese at the celebration, offering them a gift as well. Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary Sisters Maria Teresa Acosta, Christine Hernandez and Rachel Gosda and Missionary Sister of the Incarnation Consecration Mission Sister Hoa Nguyen.
Sister Palisin echoed the sentiments of her fellow jublilarians when she said, “As I come to this golden era and look back, I see how my experiences have helped me to mature and recognize God’s goodness. I have been able to share my faith in ways I never imagined and have seen it alive in the goodness of the people I have served. I have experienced a lot because of my vocation, but my true direction has always been to follow the Lord.”