Monday, July 15, 2013

A Jubilant Day

     The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg held their Jubilee celebrations this weekend, and yesterday honored those celebrating traditional years of entry with a Mass in the afternoon at Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensburg.  Sister Frances Stefano who died in 1992 was remembered, who along with Sister Brycelyn Eyler celebrated fifty years in Religious Life, and Sister Donna Mulligan celebrated her twenty-fifth year.  The theme of the day was a quote from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton herself which says "Be prepared to meet your grace in every circumstance of life."

     The liturgy was beautiful, and a true celebration of Faith.  Monsignor Michael Begolly presided and Monsignor Larry Kiniry was the homilist.  Michael has a great presence and gift in leading people in worship and Larry did an outstanding job preaching.  He shared that he prefers the word Jubilee to the word Anniversary, because Jubilee - Jubilation - Jubilate Deo describes the freeing, liberating action of letting go in our praise of God.  It is more than a marking of time, it is an acclamation of a praise filled life.

     The liturgy was enhanced by a combined choir of Sisters and other friends, along with wonderful instrumentalists and cantors.  During the liturgy, all present renewed their Baptismal commitment and were reminded of our baptism through the Rite of Sprinkling which was followed by all the Sisters present renewing their commitment to the charism of Elizabeth Ann Seton.

     I know Sister Donna in her various assignments in parishes, and Sister Brycelyn and I served on the committee that formed Aquinas Academy, the consolidated Catholic School in Greensburg of which she then became the Principal.  I was honored to have been invited, and wish the Sisters well and assure them of my gratitude.

The Diocese of Greensburg
has posted on their web site
pictures and videos of the services
surrounding the funeral
of our retired Bishop Anthony G. Bosco.
They can be viewed by logging onto
and clicking the appropriate icon.

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