S Barbara Theresa Marie Martis celebrated 50 years of consecrated life as a Felician Franciscan Sister on Saturday, August 27, at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Enfield, CT.
Opening the day’s festivities, SM Lawrence Lojko, local minister, congratulated Sister Barbara at breakfast and extended best wishes on behalf of the sisters on this joyous occasion.
Father Noel Danielewicz, OFM, Conv., chaplain, was the main celebrant and homilist for the Mass of Thanksgiving, assisted by Franciscan Friars Father Joseph Grzybowski, Father Lucian Krolikowski, Father Firmin Finn, and Father Henry Madigan.
In his homily, Father Noel’s remarks focused on the call to discipleship each person receives to follow God. He said, “Each of us is called by a loving and persistent God who is interested in our response to his invitation to holiness of life.” He continued, “Reflecting back over the past 50 years of consecrated life as a Felician Sister, Sister Barbara realizes that she was given an invitation to follow the Lord, and she said, ‘I chose to accept that invitation.'”
In the name of all those gathered, Father Noel said, “We say thank you, and God bless you, Sister Barbara Theresa, for your generous heart and life given for the good of God’s people.” In closing, Father Noel invited all in attendance to extend a blessing upon Sister Barbara Theresa: “May the blessing of our father Francis, our mothers Clare and Angela, be upon you as you continue to live the Gospel life with joy.”
Following the Communion Rite, Sister Barbara presented roses at the altar of Mary for the intentions of the Felician Community.
Sisters, friars, family, and friends enjoyed a festive dinner in the sisters’ dining room where they continued to extend congratulatory wishes to the jubilarian.
The theme of the observance: “Praise God for 50 years of consecrated life” was re-echoed in Sister Barbara’s message of thanks: I wish to thank you for your presence here today, and for your spiritual and sisterly support on my journey over these past 50 years.
Sister Barbara Theresa continues her ministry as director of case management at Joseph Hospital in Bangor, ME, where she has dedicated herself for more than 30 years.