Golden year for celebrated Josephites

A special Mass was held earlier this month at the Mary MacKillop Chapel in North Sydney to celebrate 26 Josephites for their 50 years of religious profession and service.

The Josephite Golden Jubilarians celebrated Eucharist on January 6 - the Feast of the Epiphany - among family and friends.

Cardinal George Pell celebrated the Mass with Bishops Jeremiah Coffey (Sale Diocese) and Bernard O'Grady (Solomon Islands) and a number of other priests.

The three Jubilarians who were unable to be present due to ill health were represented by three candles which were placed on the altar at the end of the procession.

The five members of the group who had died were also remembered by a special candle which bore their names.

Each Jubilarian had a candle which bore the words of Mary MacKillop which were the theme of the celebration 'Gratitude is the memory of the heart.'

The readings were those of the Feast of the Epiphany and held great significance to the Jubilarians as this was the day when they had first pronounced their vows and when they had made their final profession.

The celebration had been preceded by a week of reflection and storytelling as the Jubilarians gathered at Mary MacKillop Place where they had begun their novitiate in 1956 and made their life vows in 1964.

Sr Katrina Brill the Congregational Leader, spoke of the Jubilarian's journey in term of a love story and also reflected on the vows in contemporary language.

The group then gathered around the altar to renew their vows.

Cardinal Pell expressed appreciation to the Jubilarians on behalf of the Church and people they had served.

Sisters of Saint Joseph (Jubilee)

17 Jan 2008