TWO GROUPS OF CCVI JUBILARIANS CELEBRATED ANNIVERSARIES TOGETHER IN NOVEMBER DUE TO LAST YEAR’S PANDEMIC-RELATED CANCELATION

ARTICLE BY SR. M. ROSE SCANLAN,CCVI
PHOTOS BY MY-NGOC NGUYEN, CCVI POSTULANT

The Sisters gathered for the Eucharistic Celebration on Nov. 20, 2021 with Rev. Evaristus Chukwu, MSP, as the Presider. The Jubilarians renewed their vows as they held candles lit from the Pascal Candle. Sister Kevina Keating, Congregational Leader, received their renewal of vows.

2020 JUBILARIANS
“SUSTAINED BY LOVE FOR THE INCARNATE WORD”

Seated left to right are: Sisters Kathleen Howard, Margaret Christina Collins, and Mary Wanjiru Kamara. Standing are left to right: Sisters Maureen Costello and Ann Mary Brangan

Seven members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, were to have their Congregational Jubilee Celebration of Religious Profession of Vows on April 25, 2020; however, this did not take place due to COVID-19. The Diamond Jubilarians with 60 years as professed Sisters of the Congregation are Sisters Margaret Christina Collins and Mary Jacqueline Driscoll (was not able to attend the celebration). Golden Jubilarians with 50 years as professed Sisters of the Congregation are Sisters Ann Mary Brangan, Kathleen Howard, and Maureen Costello. Silver Jubilarians with 25 years as professed Sisters of the Congregation are Sisters Rose Nyambura Githuka (was not able to attend the celebration) and Mary Wanjiru Kamara.

The Sisters’ collective years of service to the Church are 320 years.

They come from as far away as Molo, Kenya, and as close as Baytown, Texas, with Ireland and Cameron, Texas, in between! Their collective services in the Congregation have been significant: educators in El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, and the U.S.; health care providers in the U.S. and in Ireland; promoters of social concerns in El Salvador and in the U.S.; spirituality in ministry in Ireland and in the U.S., even though spirituality is integral to all of their lives and how they have served in all the places they have been missioned. Additionally, they have provided multiple services internal to the Congregation serving as local community treasurers and local community leaders and in vocation and formation ministries, service on multiple task forces, committees and in Congregational leadership. Love of the Incarnate Word has been and continues to be the integrating and sustaining spiritual source of their faithfulness to a committed and vowed religious life.

2021 JUBILARIANS
“COMMITTED & VOWED”

Seated left to right: Sisters Sheila Sullivan, Mary McHale, María Méndez Lainez, and Mary Patricia Driscoll. Back row left to right: Sisters Miriam Therese Miller, Hannah Patricia O’Donoghue, Alice Mary Buckley, and Francesca Kearns.

Eight members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston celebrated their Jubilee of Religious Profession of Vows on November 20, 2021, at Villa de Matel, the Congregation’s Motherhouse in Houston. Celebrating their Diamond Jubilee with 60 years as professed Sisters of the Congregation are Sisters Alice Mary Buckley, Francesca Kearns, Hannah Patricia O’Donoghue, and Miriam Therese Miller. Golden Jubilarians with 50 years as professed Sisters of the Congregation are Sisters Mary McHale, Mary Patricia Driscoll, and Sheila Sullivan. Silver Jubilarian with 25 years as a professed Sister of the Congregation is Sister Maria Mendez Lainez.

The Sisters’ collective years of service to the Church are 415 years. They come from Guatemala, Ireland, and Gadsden, Alabama, U.S.A. Their collective services in the Congregation have been significant: educators in El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, and the U.S.; healthcare providers in El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, Mexico, and the U.S.; promoters of social concerns in El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, and the U.S.; spirituality in El Salvador, Kenya, Ireland, and the U.S., even though spirituality is integral to all of their lives and how they have served in all the places they have been missioned. Additionally, they have provided multiple services internal to the Congregation: local community treasurers and local community leaders; vocation and formation ministries; service on multiple task forces, committees, boards, and in Congregational leadership. Love of the Incarnate Word has been and continues to be the integrating and sustaining spiritual source of their faithfulness to a committed and vowed religious life.

HONORING THESE SISTERS AND THEIR FAITHFUL SERVICE IS ALSO A TESTAMENT TO GOD’S FAITHFUL CARING FOR PEOPLE THROUGH THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD’S SERVANTS.

PRAISED BE THE INCARNATE WORD.
FOREVER!

FOLLOWING THE EUCHARIST, A FESTIVE DINNER HONORING THE SISTERS WAS HELD AT THE VILLA DE MATEL DINING ROOM.

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