Pittsburgh Diocese Celebrates Jubilarians
In Pope Francis’ message for the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations he said, “A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love.”
The annual Pittsburgh Diocesan celebration for all religious community members who have lived their vocation “in the context of an authentic ecclesial life” and who are celebrating a jubilee this year was held on Sunday, September 21, at the Kearns Spirituality Center in North Hills, Pittsburgh.
Jubilarians participated in a Eucharistic celebration honoring them with Bishop William Waltersheid, auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh, as the celebrant and homilist. “A Song of Faith and Gratitude” was the theme for the day.
In her invitation to the jubilarians, S Geraldine M. Wodarczyk, CSFN, delegate for religious, wrote, “Years of jubilees are special memorials for all of us that serve to remind us of God’s faithfulness and presence to us through the prophetic lives of our committed sisters and brothers.”
Bishop Waltersheid congratulated each sister, priest, and brother who was in attendance and expressed great admiration and appreciation to them for “being” teachers of the Gospel, and evangelizers in the Church today, witnessing to the people of God. In his words, “You have been, and are, a rich source of blessings to our Church through your presence, prayer, ministry, and faithful commitment.”
SM Justice Przybocki, celebrating 60 years, and SM Alicia Adametz, celebrating 50 years, attended the celebration. They were joined by jubilarians ministering in the diocese celebrating 80, 75, 70, 60, 50 and 25 years of dedication to God.