When Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity celebrate 75, 60, 50 and 25 years of religious profession joy is contagious and guests from all over the nation gather in Manitowoc. The following Sisters were recognized on April 27, 2008 for their 75th Jubilee: Sister Leovigild Spinner, Sister Marilyn Kloiber and Sister Loyola Romey. They were joined by Sisters celebrating 60 years of vowed life: Sister Dolores Goudreau, Sister Donna Marie Kessler, Sister Mary Golden and Sister Doris Mertens.
On Memorial Day weekend these Sisters commemorate Golden Jubilees: Sister Thereselle Arruda, Sister David Marie Long, Sister Margaret Ann Wallander, Sister Andrene Flasch, Sister Sara Hale, Sister Mary Beth Prinz, Sister Marie Voborny, Sister Jolynn Kohlbeck, Sister Judanne Stratman, Sister Ritarose Stahl, Sister Verone Leeman and Sister Adrianna Schouten. Sister Mary Frances Maher celebrates her silver jubilee.
Jubilee festivity typically commences with a Saturday afternoon liturgy practice and social for the jubilarians. On Sunday the Franciscan Sisters gather in community to honor those members celebrating their anniversary of profession at an elegant breakfast in the Motherhouse cafeteria. Later in the day, an afternoon Eucharistic Liturgy is prayed in St. Mary Chapel with proper solemnity and the jubilarians renew their vows. A festive meal follows for all guests.
Do you have any special memories of these women consecrated to God? Please feel free to share your heartfelt thoughts or blessings.