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          Feast of St. Joseph and Jubilees

Feast of St. Joseph and Jubilees

The celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph at the Mother House on 19 March, included the celebration of seven Jubilees. As so often is the case in the Mother House, it included sisters from various parts of the congregation.

The Jubilarians were :

60 years – Diamond Jubilee
  • Sister Marie-Bernard Le Dû, Generalate Group (French in Mother House)
50 years – Golden Jubilee
  • Sister Marie-Agnés Dubois-Matra, Province of France/Switzerland
  • Sister Marie-France Lahay, Generalate Group (Mother House)
  • Sister Josée Cloarec, Provincial of Central Africa
  • Sister Marie Rasoanarivony, Generalate Group (Rome)
  • Sister Bernadette Yokowo, Vice-Province of Seychelles / Tanzania
  • Sister Lidia Marie Silva, Generalate Group (Paris, Blvd. Arago)

With the chapel beautifully decorated, the sisters gathered with family and friends of our Jubilarians for the celebration of the Mass. Father Philippe Gregalet, originally from Central African Republic, was celebrant. He was also the retreat master for the retreat that preceded the Jubilee celebrations.

Just prior to receiving communion, each of the Jubilarians renewed her vows. It as a profound moment to hear sisters, who had given 50 and 60 years of their lives to the mission of the church and the congregation, throughout various parts of the world, renew that commitment through their vows of obedience, chastity and poverty.

Following the Mass, the Jubilarians, their family and friends, along with the sisters, gathered for a wonderful feast day banquet. It was interspersed with songs from the various regions of France but also from various parts of the world ; Madagascar, Angola, Spain, Seychelles, Senegal, Portugal, the Pacific, and India !

May the Lord continue to bless each of these sisters during their Jubilee Year along with the many other Cluny Sisters who are celebrating their Jubilee this year.

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