On March 19, 2011 we celebrated the solemnity of St. Joseph, marking the 23rd anniversary of the founding of our institute in San Rafael, Argentina. There were celebrations throughout the Province.
On March 19 in Paramaribo, Sr. Myriam ha Mushia renewed her vows for three years during a solemn mass celebrated in the Cathedral by His Excellency Bishop De Bekker, Bishop of Suriname. In addition to the importance of renewal of religious vows in themselves, the celebration of religious life in the missions is an eloquent testimony to the world of the primacy of God in the total gift of self. On the same day another member of the mission in Suriname, Sr. Maria Regina, made her perpetual profession in her native country of Ecuador. We give thanks for both of these professions of religious vows.
In New York
The celebration began on the Virgil of St. Joseph, March 18, with the special celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Contemplative Branch. Apostolic Sisters from the Northeast gathered at the Monastery for Holy Mass. Nine priests concelebrated in the Holy Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Flatlands, Brooklyn, including Fr. Thomas Doyle, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, numerous IVE priests, as well as Msgr. Austin Bennet and Msgr. Frank Depman of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
A reception followed in the parlor of the Monastery with refreshments prepared in advance by the contemplatives. Families, Third Order members, and friends took turns at the grill to greet and congratulate the nuns. They sent a message of thanksgiving to all who participated in this particular anniversary under the patronage of Glorious Saint Joseph.
The celebration of St. Joseph extended to include the whole Diocese of San Jose, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. The Holy Mass was presided in the Cathedral of San Jose by the Auxiliar Bishop Elect and many diocesan and religious priests concelebrating. The sisters returned to Our Lady of Peace for a reception together with various families, Third Order members and the “St. Joseph Worker” lay group, as well as members of Saint Joseph Academy.
St. Joseph is not only our dear patron and protector, but he is also the national patron of Canada. The sisters in Toronto and those in Peterborough came together for a Holy Mass and dinner at the John Paul the Great Family Centre. They ask for many graces of perseverance and for fruitfulness in their missionary efforts in this northern land.
Sisters from Avondale, PA joined the sisters of the Houses of Formation for Mass and a day together at the new Juniorate House in Washington. The two IVE chaplains of the Juniorate and Novitiate Houses concelebrated the Holy Mass at the Franciscan Monastery during which Sr. Maria Mater Compassionis renewed her vows. It was a day of great thanksgiving for the gift of our religious institute, our charism and our vocations to this missionary family. Good Saint Joseph, pray for us.