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My Golden Jubilee!

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It's unbelievable that fifty years ago, on August 15, 1961 I made my first vows as a Good Shepherd Sister.  View the slide show and get a glimpse of what happened on June 12 at St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford, Maine.  Sr. Joanne Roy and I were surrounded by Sisters, family and friends. We had a beautiful Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Gerry.  Fr. Gerry Demers, a Marist priest and friend, gave a powerful homily. Through him, God touched the hearts of all present since he spoke on all vocations. With hearts full of love, gratitude, and joy, Sister Joanne and I renewed our vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The music and the singing by the Sisters were uplifting. Our dining room was transformed into an elegant restaurant with scrumptious food prepared by our own kitchen crew. The beautiful cake, made and decorated by our own Sister Jackie and Sister Annette, amazed our guests. They were delighted with this wonderful celebration. Together, we Sisters shine the brightest!

When my niece, Danielle, explained to her two-year old son that, on Sunday, she would see Aunt Elaine, he said, “Will you see Jesus, too?” Yes, we did see Jesus.  He was very present among us as we celebrated His great love and fidelity throughout 50 grace-filled years of love and service.

Some may think that because we are celebrating 50 years that we are enjoying a quiet “retiree” type of life. Not at all! We both are working full time. Sr. Joanne Roy lives in Saco, Maine and works at our Good Shepherd Ministry helping women in need of transitional housing. I live in South Portland, Maine and work with women interested in religious life.

What marvels the Lord has done for me.

Holy is His Name!

May He be praised today and forever.

10 Comments on "My Golden Jubilee!"

Peggy says:
You heard "The Call" and answered with a "Yes". Thank you. I would be lost without you!
Linda says:
Joanne and Ed Elkanich says:
Such young golden jubileers, Sister Elaine and Sister Joanne!! You touch our lives in many ways and we deeply appreciate everything you have done and are still doing.

Many more blessings,
Joanne and Ed
Ginny Gallant says:
Really enjoyed the wonderful photos.......with so many smiles...Wish I had known ahead.........would have sent you a looked great..and would never have thought you were old enough to be celebrating 50 years as a sister.........congratulations....... I need to get down to Biddeford sometime in the next year for sure..

Love, Ginny
Karen Roy says:
We attended the celebration and had a wonderful time. Bless both you and Joanne for your service. The world is a better place because of you two.
Joan Letourneau says:
We are all blessed because of your "yes" to God's call. Congratulations to you and Sr. Joanne and thank you for your many years of service.
Shirley Roy says:
It was indeed a delightful celebration! It must be such fulfillment to know that the world is a better place because of you, Joanne, and the other sisters. A life of service is a life well lived. God bless you all. (And keep having fun too!)
Shirley Reichhardt says:
Blessings for such dedication and hard work...and a special prayer for Joanne.
Dcn John Sullivan says:
We are praying every day for an increase in new vocations to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our family had 2 aunts who dedicated their lives as Dominican Sisters & are now with Our Lord & His mother, Mary in Heaven. I have asked them to join with you in prayers for new aspirants...please God that they are answering His call.
When we visited my aunts, Sr. John Marie & Sr. Mary of the Annunciation, O.P., we never met such happy & dedicated women.They have inspired me these last 31 years in my vocation as an active Permanent Deacon. Love & prayers, Dcn John & family
Geri ( Madore) Kuczynski says:
Just want to say, how wonderful it is to see a very long friend, Father Demers. I have not seen him in 35 years. Someday I would love to meet with him again. I was wondering if Father Demers has a face book account. Let him know my Facebook name is Gerik1955. Love to hear from him, take care. Geri kuczynski

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