On July 21, Notre Dame Sisters and Associates gathered at the Chardon provincial center for the community celebration of Jubilees. The day began with Mass in the chapel. Main celebrant and homilist Father Mark Hobson said that the traditional gems representing jubilee years—silver (25), ruby (40), gold (50), and diamond (60)—shine like a “treasure trove of spiritual gifts” which the 37 jubilarians have shared with thousands of people. The designations of iron (65 years) and grace (70 years) remind us of the strength of God’s call and the sisters’ response to God’s faithful love. The jubilarians renewed their vows, asking for God’s “infinite goodness, the intercession of Our Lady, and the prayers and support of my sisters” to live out these vows every day.
Following a buffet dinner in the auditorium, each jubilarian was honored by the reading of an acrostic of her name: the letters corresponded to her unique gifts and qualities noted by the sisters in the province. Members of the leadership team then presented each jubilarian with a large gift bag filled with cards and congratulatory messages from individual sisters and from the sisters in every province of our international Congregation. Cards were sent from Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia!
The celebration continued throughout the afternoon over coffee and dessert, as stories and memories were shared. Community Jubilee Day is one of the most-anticipated and best-attended event in our SND calendar, as we give thanks to God and to our sisters, and show our love for them.