Jubilee 2016: Meet Our Jubilarians

Jubilee2016 sistersSaturday, July 23 was warm – not only from the summer sun, but also the overflowing of good wishes from family and friends for our eight Jubilarians. Sister Catherine Browne celebrated 75 years of consecrated life as a Dominican Sister, Sister Bernadette Wombacher 70 years, Sister Gene McNally 60 years, Sister Barbara Green  50 years, Sister Carla Kovack 50 years, Sister Cathryn deBack 50 years, Sister Patricia Dougherty  50 years, and Sister Cathy Murray 25 years.

Mary of Magdala: Proclaimer, Catalyst, Grace

St. Raphael Parish graciously hosted us for a beautiful Mass at which Sister Barbara Green shared a profound reflection on Mary Magdalen. (2016 Jubilee Homily) Jubilee Mass always concludes with our missioning ceremony, where each sister’s ministry for the coming year is announced and the congregation recites the mission statement in unison, reminding us that we “bring the Gospel to bear with depth and compassion on the critical issues of our times.”  In turn, Prioress General, Sister Maureen McInerney, invited all present to stand and join the sisters in proclaiming our Vision Statement :

“We reverence and affirm the inherent dignity of each person. We will work for transformation of attitudes and systems that deprive any person of dignity.”

All then gathered at the Dominican Sisters Center for an outdoor reception, complete with delicious refreshments, joyful reunions and fond memories.  The celebration of Jubilee each year affirms our vocations, our lives of ministry, and the love and support of those around us.