Thank you for your Fiat, Bishop Hartmayer tells Jubilarians

Eleven women religious from six different orders were feted with a Mass in Saint Mary’s Chapel followed by a banquet in Boland Hall at the Catholic Pastoral Center, Savannah. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. celebrated the Mass and recognized their combined 714 years of consecrated life in service to Christ as a remarkable example to all and in stark contrast to the pressures and measures of success in current secular life.

Sister Margaret Downing pins a corsage on Sister Grace Calvisi, DC on September 24 prior to the Mass in Saint Mary’s Chapel, Savannah for those members of religious life celebrating 70, 65, 60, and 50 year Jubilee anniversaries. Photo by Michael Johnson

The Jubilarians are - 70 Years Rebecca Campbell, CSJ, Justine Ostini CSJ; 65 Years Grace Calvisi, DC, Lucy Comer, SFCC, M,  Grace Marie Dillard, RSM; 60 Years, Helen Marie Buttimer RSM, Joan Serda RSM; 50 Years  Grace Agate RSM, Georgette Cunniff MFIC, Noelle Hart MFIC, Catherine Mary Norris DC, Margaret Downing RSM; and final profession of vows-Carolyn Braun, IHM.

“They have served in schools, hospitals and clinics, as parochial vicars in parishes, worked with children at Saint Mary’s home, the social apostolate.” Religious life,” said Bishop Hartmayer, “is so much more than meets the eye.”

To the Jubilarians and the more than 70 religious gathered for the celebration Bishop Hartmayer said, “May others hear and see the joys and the peace of the Christ shining through you.”
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