On October 15th in 1963 Sr. Cecilia Mary of St. Patrick professed her vows as a Little Sister of the Poor. This last Saturday, Oct. 12th, our Home celebrated the 50th “Golden Jubilee” of Mother Cecilia’s religious profession with a beautiful liturgy, delicious luncheon, and some wonderful entertainment.
Mother Cecilia was blessed to have many of her family members, numerous Little Sisters from other Homes and over 100 friends attend her celebration. The day’s festivities started with liturgy celebrated by Reverend Monsignor Michael Bugarin, a friend of Mother Cecilia’s from Washington, D.C., who is now in the Archdiocese of Detroit, along with many concelebrants from the Diocese of Toledo. The choir and organist for the liturgy performed a beautiful selection of songs written by such classical composers as Pachelbel, Mozart, and even our very own Little Sisters of Poor, who composed and performed a song for the service. After an inspiring and humorous homily by Msgr. Bulgarin, Mother Cecilia renewed her vows before the assembly and God as she promised “to observe faithfully the vows of Chastity, Poverty, Obedience and Hospitality”. After liturgy everyone gathered for a delicious luncheon and some special entertainment performed by a Barbershop Quartet and some Irish Dancers, to name just a few. A special video tribute on Mother Cecilia’s life “before and after” was also shown.
On reflecting on her 50th Jubilee Mother Cecilia shares …
“The theme of the Jubilee was “God is Love”. He has truly showered me with love during these past 50 years. I owe much gratitude to all who have accompanied me on this marvelous journey of love.”