2018 Dual Jubilee Celebration
On June 23, 2018, the auditorium at Paul’s Run Retirement was beautifully transformed by Sr. Lynn Marie Ralph, SBS, for a joint celebration of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament’s 60th and 70th Jubilees since entrance.
Four Sisters were there to renew their vows and celebrate these milestones in their ministry, however a fifth Sister, Sr. Catherine Joseph Bennett, SBS, sadly passed away just days before celebrating her 70th Jubilee. A flute was placed at the lectern in her honor along with the corsage that she would have worn.
Rev. Stephen D. Thorne, pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish and friend of the SBS, celebrated the mass. Familiar with the life and teachings of St. Katharine Drexel, Rev. Thorne spoke about how St. Katharine embodied the words…faith, resilience and love …attributes which all of these Jubilarians exemplify.
His homily encouraged all of the Sisters in attendance to show joy and positivity even in difficulties, as their foundress did. He urged them to continue to speak out against racism, sexism, and any other “ism” that divides God’s people. Rev. Thorne reminded them that they were called to go out and proclaim the Good News — to teach, preach and bring Jesus to God’s people. He further inspired the Jubilarians and SBS by telling them to continue trusting in God’s people and His providence. He stated that this is not something you do alone…“Jesus is with you; God never contemplated us being alone on the mountain.”
Following the wonderful Jubilee Mass, the room was further transformed so that those in attendance could enjoy a small reception with food and beverages in honor of the Jubilarians: Sr. M. Catherine Joseph Bennett (70th – not in attendance); Sr. M. Ann Elizabeth Lamsback, SBS (70th); Sr. Nathalee Bryant, SBS (60th); Sr. Jeanette Kinlicheeny, SBS (60th) and Sr. Roland Lagarde, SBS (60th).
Right: Jubilarians with Rev. Stephen D. Thorne, Pastor of St. Martin de Porres, Philadelphia
To see more images from our Jubilee, click this link to view our Facebook SBS Jubilarians & Jubilees 2018 album.
To view Sr. Catherine’s memorial album, click here.
Far Left: Sr. Jeannette Kinlicheeny, SBS, hugs fellow Jubilarian, Sr. Anne Elizabeth Lamsback, SBS, following the celebration of the Mass.
Left: Sr. Roland Lagarde, SBS, poses with the Jubilee Mass program in front of the decorated altar.
Right: Sr. Nathalee Bryant, SBS, smiles brightly prior to the Jubilee celebration.