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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.
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