Anniversaries of religious life

The sisters of the New Jersey area celebrated the anniversaries of religious life of seven sisters on Sunday, October 16. The festivities took place in Our Lady of Lourdes Care Center in Lodi.

The Rev. Msgr. Richard F. Groncki presided over the celebration of the Eucharist and Father Mariusz Koch, CFT was the homilist.

Celebrants were:

Sister Mary Imelda Pilarska 80 years

Sister Mary Marcilia Zaleski 75 years

+Sister Mary Agnese Golecka 75 years

Sister Mary Charitine Spitalniak 70 years

Sister Mary Pontia Zdzichowska 70 years

Sister Mary Leona Kotula 70 years

Sister Mary Ellen Brulinski 60 years

In his homily, Father Mariusz noted that people are often impressed with those who make the cover of TIME Magazine as man or woman of the year. But, he said, “Almighty God has a publication called ETERNITY and each of the celebrants would be featured on the cover as Sister of the Year!”

The joyful blare of the trumpeter Dave DeRienzo during the Mass added to the singing of the choir and congregation.

S Maria Magdalena Vallellanes was soloist for Schubert’s Ave Maria. The chapel resounded with the Thanksgiving hymn Magnificat in Latin.

Following Mass, the sisters and family members of the celebrants gathered in the dining room for a festive dinner prepared by Chef Marcin Puzio and his staff.

SM Virginia Tomasiak said, “How grateful we are for the dedication of our jubilarians.”

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