On Saturday, May 28, 2016, in the company of family, friends and CCVI Sisters, the following Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas celebrated their Jubilees. They are as follows:
- Diamond Jubilarians: Sisters Mary Tobin, Paulette Shaunfield, Susanne Ruane and Yvonne Pratka;
- Golden Jubilarians: Sisters Celeste Trahan, Gerard Earls and Katrina; and
- Silver Jubilarians: Sister Ernestina Mejía Chávez and Juana Elizabeth Cruz García
The Sisters joyfully celebrated their Jubilee of Religious Profession of Vows during a Eucharistic Celebration. The celebrants included Reverend Sean Patrick Horrigan as the Presider and Very Reverend Sam Jacobs, Reverends Anthony Paulose, Lawrence Jozwiak, Patricio Najarro Asencio, Simon Herbers, George Okeahilam, Faustinus Okeyikam as concelebrants and Deacons Richard Lopez and Shaun Galvin.
The Jubilarians renewed their religious vows for life as they held candles lit from the Pascal Candle. Sister Kevina Keating, Congregational Leader, received the renewal of their vows. Following the Eucharist, a festive dinner was held at the Dubuis Conference Center at Villa de Matel where all enjoyed sharing many happy memories.
This year’s Jubilarians come from several different places across the globe — as far away as Ireland and as close as Ganado, TX. The nine Sister Jubilarians have served a total of 440 years as vowed members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas. Their current ministries are in the countries of Guatemala, Kenya and the USA.
Over the years, their ministries have included:
- Education: from primary schools to college, hospital laboratory science, and religious education.
- Healthcare: serving in the roles of nursing, midwifery, radiological services, hospital laboratory services, dietetics, chaplaincy, patient spiritual and pastoral care, patient ambassador, mission and values; and administration.
- Social concerns: including ministry to the underserved, direct services to the poor, care of abandoned children, services to the elderly and professional counseling.
- Spirituality: formation work, counseling and spirituality, spiritual direction, parish and prayer ministries.
Some have also served in congregational leadership, and all have served on innumerable committees and boards. A number of them have been the recipients of outstanding awards for their services. And, all of them continue in significant ways to build up the Kingdom of God as committed vowed Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. They are great reminders of what it means to “serve with gladness.”
We honor them in a very special way and express our gratitude to each one of them for the generosity of their lives of service over the years.
Praised be the Incarnate Word. Forever!
Pictured above: (seated left to right): Sisters Mary Tobin, Susanne Ruane, Paulette Shaunfield and Yvonne Pratka; (standing) Sisters Juana Elizabeth Cruz, Celeste Trahan, Katrina LeGrand, Gerard Earls and Ernestina Mejia. (High res jpeg file attached.)
The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word was founded in Galveston, Texas, in 1866 by Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis, second bishop of Texas. At that time, the diocese encompassed the whole state of Texas with its See in Galveston. (Today there are 15 dioceses in Texas!) The first three Sisters came from Lyon, France to establish the Congregation. In 1926, the Motherhouse moved to the newly built Villa de Matel Convent in Houston where it still is today. The Sisters serve in the ministries of education, health care, social concerns, and spirituality in five countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, Kenya, and the United States of America.