PHOTO GALLERY: The jubilarians are honored

June 8, 2009 by

Sisters Helen Mick and Jodi Creten introduced each of the jubilarians and read a statement honoring her. The presentation was written by Sister Dottie Moss.

Sisters Helen Mick and Jodi Creten introduced each of the Jubilarians and read a statement honoring her. The presentation was written by Sister Dottie Moss.

Today we celebrate the special bits of LIGHT and LOVELINESS each of you jubilarians has brought to life as Sisters of St. Joseph. We honor you for the things you have done over the years, often completely unknown to any of us, acts of love and kindness witnessed only by the dear neighbor with whom you were in relationship. We honor you for that one moment when you chose to love one student, one patient, one Sister in community, one parishioner, one dear neighbor. We honor you jubilarians today for who you are still becoming and for the light and love you have added to the world and to our community.

Below each photo is the statement honoring that jubilarian:

Sister Agnes Bernita Green as you celebrate your 75th jubilee, we honor and give you thanks for modeling for everyone younger than you how to revel in aging SPRITELY! Your light step and spirit, your sense of humor and enthusiasm have kept a community and classroom or two a bit more even-keeled. Your fullness of life and ability to have a conversation with anyone anywhere are your trademark qualities. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Anna Marie Broxterman, during your first 50 years in community we give thanks for your prayerful zeal. You are able to carry serious responsibilities with humor and a light touch. Despite young people not entering in large numbers, your energetic vocations work on behalf of us all has continued in a truly admirable manner. We honor you for your committed openness to God’s call wherever that takes you from Sanctuary to Thailand to leadership and to many people along the way. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Betty Suther, your earliest desire was to give your life to God and God’s service. Your 50 years among us testify to your consistent pattern of loyalty, reliability, friendliness and prudence. We celebrate how you deeply understand others’ joys and sorrows of daily life. Need some help? Ask a busy person! Ask Betty! We honor you for all the requests of God, neighbor and community you have fulfilled over the years. We celebrate your many talents: quilting, culinary arts, singing and administrative skills. We honor you for the quiet mover and shaker that you are. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Christy Cogil, we celebrate today your love of community and your deep passion for the future of community life. We honor your capable service to our congregation. We honor your capacity for relationship with many dear neighbors over these last 25 years in mission. We celebrate how you love to be active, how you love to learn and dream, how you love to tell stories. We honor you today for your many people skills, for your readiness to lend a hand whenever as manifested most recently in taking care of the three brothers Cogil. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Diane Brin, we celebrate today the way you have dedicated yourself to the dear neighbor through the changing field of health care over these 50 years. We honor your creative boldness and warm compassion in moving into ever new ways to minister wholistically to people. We celebrate your courage in starting Health Care Programs and the ministry of touch. We honor you today for consistently doing “whatever a woman is capable of doing” to aid and heal those in need. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Donata Bissett, we celebrate your 75 years of your quiet, friendly presence. You are remembered for all the frog and crab legs you prepared for hospital banquets and the Christmas extravaganza. We honor you especially for the meal after special meal you prepared for patients with graceful, alert attentiveness. With word puzzles you keep your mind active so as to continue being outwardly focused in your own quiet way. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Donna Otter, we celebrate the spark of your first great desire to become a Maryknoll missionary. Your mother wished you wouldn’t go quite so far. Your journey to love took you to Teresina, Brazil after your mother advised you to join in community with Francis Margaret and Mary Esther. How God has worked with your gentle spirit of zeal and concern for people! We honor your 50 years of loving attention to everyday life, for your sensitivity and humor, for your dedication to being open to the greatest need whether in Kansas or Brazil, whether as a member or a leader. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Doris Marie Flax, we give thanks to you today for the power of your quiet love. What a difference you have made in community, classroom, and parish over these 60 years sometimes without ever saying a word. We honor your talent and integrity. We honor how you have been a dedicated servant to all in your patient, well organized way. You lovingly minister to the needs, and foster the structure and prayer life of your parish community. You are a happy caring person. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Faye Huelsmann, we celebrate how you have lived these 50 years as a Sister of St. Joseph with a friendly, steadfast, faithful, and fun-loving spirit. We honor you for your consistently keen insights and for your quiet contributions to community as a synthesizer and listener for the depths of justice. We honor you for co-founding the Center for Enriched Communication out of your love for the dear neighbor, especially the young. We celebrate your expertise in counseling and your faithful presence. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Frances Cabrini Wahlmeier, on your 60th Jubilee, we honor the quiet, overflowing reservoir of competence you have always shown as a person and your generous spirit of self-giving. Those were a few of the qualities you drew on when more than once you were called to step into the void and take the reins at a hospital. We give thanks to you for your ASTOUNDING ability to give gentle service to ill and elderly Sisters in a truly self-emptying way. We celebrate that you are a quiet card player until the “right card” lights up every muscle. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Generosa Walker, as you celebrate your 75th Jubilee we honor you for your generous, welcoming love that made you a super teacher for those who would follow in your footsteps. Your sweet witty letters bring joy and comfort to family, to Sisters on distant missions and even to a former pupil from 65 years ago. With humble hospitality and being the avid reader you are, coupled with your interest in all people, you keep the conversation going wherever you are present. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Helen Urban, 75 years after you entered the community your jovial laughter remains intact as does your desire always for the more in spiritual growth. No one beams quite as big as you on hearing an insightful homily that you can take to prayer. You enjoy jokes by responding with your hearty laugh and twinkling eyes. You always find fun in life, even in troubles. We can always count on you to “tell it like it is.” And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!

Sister Jane Guenette was unable to attend Saturday’s ceremony, but she was honored along with her sister jubilarians.)
Sister Jane Guenette, you are generous with your time and talents keeping the Gift Shop well stocked with useful and ornamental gifts. With your quiet, unassuming enthusiasm, you have made countless little Linus Blankets to comfort and delight children who are sick. You have found this way to continue your ministry to small children whom you loved to teach and tutor with your knack for helping them progress in their skills. We honor your 75 years of giving. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Jean Befort, in celebrating your 50th jubilee, we honor how you have generously responded to the call to offer your talents for community service as well as for how you’ve given of your heart and soul in a wide variety of ministries from massage to motherhouse administration, from parish to community leadership. We celebrate the way you are a loving social being, striving to assist people toward wholeness. We honor your selfless heart for mission and God’s people. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Lucy Schneider, you taught Willa Cather well, because you showed students your own deep love for the family pasture and rose rocks. You wove love of God into lessons at Marymount unabashedly beginning class by playing Godspell prayer songs. Because of your remarkable musical gifts, you have played and written countless songs for so many community gatherings these 60 years. We honor you as a friendly, quiet, honest, minister of care far and wide over the years. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Marcia Allen, your love for our CSJ Congregation permeates your every endeavor and inspires others to imitate your selfless giving. We celebrate the ways these 50 years you have been quiet friend, humble inspired leader, always open to your own transformation. We honor you for your incisive understanding and your ability to lead with a loving heart in the midst of the deeply complex issues facing religious life today. We celebrate your lively love of Maxim’s mystery and your ability to invite and advance conversation. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Margaret Jilka, we honor and celebrate your spunk and wit and contemplative soul. You have loved nature, dogs and rabbits. And most of all you have loved your teacher and mentor, Thomas Merton and his writings. We honor you for your free spirit and your dry humored honesty. We celebrate how you have loved living with your niece, how you loved your Salina neighbors, and how you have ministered contemplatively these 60 years with understanding compassion. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Marilyn Stahl, we honor how for these 50 years you and your vivacious spirit have consistently thrived no matter the “soil” of your ministry. We celebrate that you are a good tackler of any challenge. We honor you for your passion for history and justice and world issues. We celebrate all your desires and deeds in raising awareness about the need for systemic change in many arenas. You are a 21st Century woman! And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Mary Augustine, after 60 years you are well remembered as a favorite teacher. While working in many hidden ways, you leave an impression. We honor your different ministries through the years and celebrate your attentiveness with prayer and caring tenderness to the sick and wounded. We celebrate you for your quiet, steadfast presence ministering with patience, prayer, and friendly gentleness. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Mary Jo Thummel, we honor you today for the kindness that is behind every deeply pastoral quality you possess. We honor you for the compassion with which you pastored with love the people of your parishes. We celebrate your super common sense and that you are a most practical person: real gifts for community life! We honor you for your poetic, reflective gifts and your ability to find the humor in life. We celebrate your wisdom and generosity and your 50 years of service to many dear neighbors. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Nancy Meade, in celebrating these 50 years of privilege and gift that your vocation has been to you, we give thanks for the fun loving, musically gifted, sensitive person you are. With your gift of creativity you have nourished the confidence of many a young person who participated in the plays and musicals you directed. We honor you for the way you have shared your talents and spirit in ministry with the dear neighbor. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Pat McLennon, at this time of your 50th Jubilee, we honor you for your decades of community service and leadership. Faithful to our charism and radically dependent on God’s love, you have given of yourself over the very long haul for the good of our community. We celebrate with you today in the joy of your return to ministry for women and children. We honor you for your quiet steady search to find God through the needs of others. We honor you today for your generosity of spirit and steadfast perseverance. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Philomene Reiland, we celebrate you today for how you have wisely honed and generously shared your God given talents for music in community and ministry for 50 years. You have made the organ ring out and have made music fun and an experience of beauty and prayer for innumerable people. We honor you for how you have given of yourself in parishes and schools, to students and choirs. We honor you for the special way you have made God’s presence come alive through your gifts. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Redempta Eilert, we honor you for your zeal and thoroughness in teaching chemistry at Marymount, which included more than a single one-on-one tutoring session after hours. We still know that same intensity of focus today, especially in your prayerfulness that is supported by exercise and cards, especially BRIDGE. On your 75th Jubilee, we honor your friendly, hardy, wholesome pioneer spirit. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Rosie Farrell, you continue giving of your sensitive presence without flinching while trying to better heart-breaking situations. We honor how you lovingly attend to women & children caught in domestic violence. We honor you for this ministry on behalf all of us. We celebrate the bubbly, fun-loving community person you continue to be. We honor you for your role in being a healer of children and a seeker of justice. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Shirley Meier, we celebrate how for 50 years you have generously poured your heart out in giving to your students, to the elderly, to anyone in need. We celebrate your compassion and total self-giving. You know how to do about anything from building replicas of the Motherhouse to making parties on a moment’s notice. We honor you today for the creative fun spirit that is YOU and that is the center of your loving work for others. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Susan Kongs, we honor you for your generosity of spirit and your many caring, kind ways among us these 70 years. You have consistently approached your ministries to children and adults with an intensity wrapped with prayer, a warm smile and much love. Word has it on the motherhouse airwaves that you love to give and receive random acts of kindness. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!


Sister Virginia Pearl, you were BORN FREE into your lively creative Journey to Love. You have managed to STAY FREE through these 50 years. Free to leave at any hour to drive so as to be faithfully present at a funeral, in the prison, at a peace march, at a bedside. Surely one uncasted arm on the wheel and a BUNCH OF DAISIES is enough to go anywhere and everywhere to reach out as LOVE calls you from Heartland Farm to Bethlehem — and all points in between and beyond. And the world and our community are richer, thanks to YOU!

And the world and our community are richer, thanks to EACH and ALL of you!

Comments

15 Responses to “PHOTO GALLERY: The jubilarians are honored”

  1. Duane G. Roy, OSB on June 7th, 2015 8:59 am

    Lovely band these “prophets”. +Sister Veronica Mary Roy, CSJ was certainly there with you celebrating your 50th anniversary of consacrated life, although she was called years earlier to celebrate admidst her heavenly abode.
    Congratulations to this historical, dedicated, mission-minded and faithful band of women of the CSJ. St. Joseph continue to care for each and everyone of you!

  2. Jean Befort on July 18th, 2009 3:32 pm

    My belated, but most sincere thanks to all who made our Jubilee such a beautiful day. Words can’t describe the many ways celebrating the event of Jubilee for all 38 of us! I so appreciate having these many photos and stories on the web to share with our relatives and friends…thanks Sarah!
    Thank you, Uncle George, Aunt Pat, and cousin Mark for your dear messages!

  3. Patricia & George Befort on June 18th, 2009 4:09 pm

    We are honored to be related to Sister Jean Befort. She always has a kind, encouraging word, no matter what the problem we share with her. She is so much fun to be with. Her smile and kindness are contagious! Best wishes, God bless and Godspeed, Sister Jean.

  4. Mark Befort on June 18th, 2009 12:49 pm

    It was a source of great joy and pride to see my cousin Sr. Jean Befort’s picture on this web site celebrating her jubilee. Our family is so spread out–most of us were not able to be present–I live in Los Angeles, CA–my only way to participate in the celebration and give thanks to God for Jean’s service is through the web-site. Thank you.

  5. Jim & Donna Williams on June 14th, 2009 1:12 pm

    A special thanks to our cousin Sister Pat who prayed for us for all these years – many for Jim and then 40 for Donna as we celebrate our 40th annivesary June 21. Keep up the good work Pat.

    Love, Jim & Donna

  6. Pat McLennon on June 12th, 2009 11:07 am

    A special Thank YOU to the Jubilee Committee for a wonderful celebration in every way! Thank you Sarah for the pictures and the reflections. Thank you to the community for your cards and prayer rememberances.

  7. Liebe Pellerin on June 12th, 2009 10:52 am

    Thanks, Sarah, for the lovely “galleries” and stories….true gems to help us enjoy the day all over again.

  8. Loretta Jasper on June 10th, 2009 3:53 pm

    Sarah, you captured each of the Jubilarians as did Dottie who wrote the individual reflections, as did Helen and Jodi who personalized the reflection with the presentation.
    Thanks so much…what a tribute to a stellar celebration: the greatest possible solemnity. Even the sun and temps celebrated with fullness. And the rains waited until 10:30 p.m., at such time the outside celebration was closed for the day.

  9. Jeanette Wasinger on June 10th, 2009 10:58 am

    I am delighted with this photo-reflection gallery. When I heard the reflection on the life of each Jubilarian, I wished I could have also read them in print. Jodi and Helen read them with such reverence and style. Thank you, Dottie, for putting your creative juices and inspiration to work to write just the right message for each Jubilarian. Thank you, Sarah, for capturing the wonderful expressions and including the reflections with the pictures. We’re so fortunate to have all of this talent come together for the good of all. Thank you to all.
    Jeanette

  10. Susan Cline Achterberg on June 10th, 2009 9:56 am

    Congratulations to all Jubilarians. Hello to Sister Marilyn and Redempta!
    Congratulations again–Susan Cline Achterberg MMC 1977

  11. Marilyn Stahl on June 10th, 2009 6:31 am

    This is wonderful! Thank you for the glorious joyful celebration. What a gift from all of you to all of us.

  12. Bette Moslander on June 9th, 2009 2:13 pm

    The pictures are wonderful, a real treasure, and the tributes are lovely and so true of each of the Jubilarians. What a perfect day!

  13. Ralph Thummel on June 9th, 2009 7:50 am

    Thank you for the pictures and tributes. I thought the song Sr. Regina Ann shared was simply wonderful and the young woman that shared the dance–what beautiful expression. The music for the mass was so befitting of the celebration. Sr Philomene’s musical setting of the Eucharistic Prayer was divine. And, everyone showed such fortitude through the warm weather (may God doubly bless the celebrant). Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Love truly does change EVERYTHING.

  14. Judy Stephens on June 9th, 2009 7:39 am

    What a beautiful presentation and capturing of the moment! Thanks, Sarah!

  15. Anne M. Reinert on June 8th, 2009 8:10 pm

    A big Thank You, so nice to relive the day on the web.

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