Holy Union Jubilarians for 2022
This year we’re delighted to celebrate seven Jubilarians. If you received our Summer issue of Response, “We are One”, you may remember we asked them each to tell us their favorite verse from scripture which reflected that theme, and why they chose it.
Some of their answers surprised us. What verse would you have chosen?
Sr. Ruth Beaudoin – Religious name: Sr. Maria Henry
Sr. Ruth’s long and faithful life is her witness to our charism of union.
Sr. Joan Guertin – Religious name: Sr. Rose Joan
Scripture Verse: Gal. 3:25-28
“Each one of you is a child of God, because of your faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who have been baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Him. There does not exist among you Jew or Greek, slave or free person, male or female. All are one in Christ Jesus.”
When our Founder urged us to be of one heart and one soul I wonder if this passage from Galatians was in his mind.
Sr. Cecile Mousseau – Religious name: Sr. Blanche Albert
Scripture Verse: John 13: 34
“Love one another as I have loved you.”
I have tried to live by this in my words and in my actions, especially with my family, Sisters, friends, students, and now with the residents at Prosper in Fall River. God has gifted me with an outgoing personality so I am at my best among people. I am able to use this gift to care about others and their needs by written words, by phone, being a good listener and most of all, by my prayers for all those who have been or are a part of my life now.
Sr. Mary Bridget McGettigan – Religious name: Sr. Brigetta Marie
Scripture Verse: John 15: 16-17
“It is not you who chose me but I who chose you, to go forth and bear fruit….the command I give you is this, that you love one another.”
In today’s world, which holds many challenges of disease, racism, poverty, and injustice, we must make every effort in some way to alleviate the suffering of people near and far, so as to manifest God’s Love for each and every person, and thus unite us as one people.
Sr. Mary Catherine Burns – Religious name: Sr. Mary Catherine
Scripture Verse: John 17: 21
“I pray that they may all be one, Father!”
Who are the “they” in this prayer for our time? It is each of us! To be one doesn’t mean we must all think alike. What I think it does require is that we all listen to one another and respect the views and opinions of each other, knowing that the bottom line is that God loves us all as we reflect, in our own unique way, an aspect of God. Let us live a Holy Union!
Sr. Jane Newcomb – Religious name: Sr. Jane Michael
Scripture Verse: Ps. 133: 1
“How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony!”
When all are in agreement, there is harmony; where there is harmony, there is oneness; and where there is oneness, there is God. This unity helps to build each other up, to value each person, and to keep what is important at the center: Christ’s mission.
Sr. Lorraine Sirois – Religious name: Sr. Robert Marie
Scripture Verse: Colossians 3: 14
“Above all, clothe yourself with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
I believe the only way I can clothe myself with love is to spend quiet time in relationship with God every day. Then, in my little part of the world at Anchor Bay I can share that love with my words and examples reflecting God’s goodness. Pray! Pray! Pray for a renewed earth so we can all experience God’s peace and love.