The Archdiocese of Hartford marked the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford on Sunday, January 31, with Archbishop Leonard Blair as presider.
Participants in this celebration included Felician Sisters: SM Antonia Popielarczyk, SM Jeanine Morozowich, S Joan Marie Swierzb, SM Laureann Alexandrowicz, S Peggy Marie Rosehart, and Postulant Regina Garofalo.
In his homily, Archbishop Blair thanked the brothers and sisters present for their witness and service to the Archdiocese. He further quoted the Catechism of the Catholic Church noting the role of those living the consecrated life. He continued by emphasizing that it was not what we do but who we are that is most important and that our lifestyle is an antidote to the hostility of the world.
After the homily, those in consecrated life present prayed together a Recommitment of Service to the Archdiocese.
Felician Canadians Close Year of Consecrated Life
SM Michelle Godin, S Shelley Marie Jeffrey, S MaryAnne Olekszyk, SM Blaise Podruczny, and SM Jean Romanowicz participated in a special Mass to close the Year of Consecrated Life at St. Paul’s Basilica in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sunday, January 31.
Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, auxiliary bishop, archdiocese of Toronto, was the main celebrant. The event was held to celebrate with and pray for the men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the church in the Toronto Archdiocese as well as to recognize and express gratitude for the variety of gifts made so abundant through consecrated life.
During the Mass, all religious were invited to stand and renew their vows.