On Saturday, May 27, 2017, in the company of family, friends, and CCVI Sisters, the following Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas celebrated their Jubilees:
• Diamond Jubilarians:
Sisters Margret Bulmer and Rosalita Weber;
• Golden Jubilarians:
Sisters Jeanne Mary Connell and Rosanne Popp.
The Sisters joyfully celebrated their Jubilee of Religious Profession of Vows during a very special Eucharistic Celebration. The celebrants included the Reverend Kevin Collins, OMI, as the Presider, and the Reverends Lawrence Chellaian, Frank Fabj, and Faustinus Okeyikam, M.S.P., as concelebrants, and Deacon David Fowler.
The Jubilarians renewed their religious vows for life as they held candles lit from the Pascal Candle. Sister Kevina Keating, Congregational Leader, received their renewal of vows on behalf of the Congregation and the Church. 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 different places — as far away as Ireland and as nearby as Galveston, Texas. The Sisters have served a total of 220 years as vowed religious. Their current ministries are in Houston and Texarkana, Texas.
Over the years, their ministries have included: education through the care of children; serving as a research assistant at a medical school; onsite education in various ministries; health care including different roles in nursing, hospital administration, administration of a clinic for the very poor, business ofﬁce management, medical director of a clinic for the poor and underserved, as well as the director of a healthy living mobile unit and school-based clinics. They have also served as patient representative, physician liaison, director of volunteer services, director of medical records, sister representative and supervisor of radiology. In the area of social concerns, one Sister is the present Director of Social Concerns for the Congregation. And, all of them have provided support through advocacy on behalf of the poor and those in great need. In the area of spirituality, they have ministered through personal and communal prayer, and the dedicated prayer and suffering of one Sister upon her retirement from active ministry.
They have served in congregational roles such as congregational leadership, general secretary, planning, local community leaders, local convent treasurers, vocation ministry, and three of them continue to serve on several committees and boards.
We honor them in a very special way during the Congregation’s 150th Anniversary year and express our gratitude to each one of them for the generosity of their lives of joyful service in the broader community and within the Congregation over many years.
Praised be the Incarnate Word. Forever!