Bishop celebrates Year of Consecrated Life at annual Mass

May 8, 2015 by

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By DOUG WELLER, The Register of the Salina Diocese

SALINA — Women and men religious gathered May 6 at Sacred Heart Cathedral for a special Mass honoring them during the Year of Consecrated Life.

Bishop Edward Weisenburger chats with Sisters Mary Lou Roberts, right, and Therese Blecha during Wednesday's luncheon.

Bishop Edward Weisenburger chats with Sisters Mary Lou Roberts, right, and Therese Blecha during Wednesday’s luncheon.

Each May, the bishop has offered Mass for women religious living and serving in the Diocese of Salina, but this year, during Pope Francis’ Year of Consecrated Life, men religious also were invited.

They included members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia; the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist Heart of Christ the King, from Mexico City; St. Mary of the Woods Hermitage near Manhattan; the Franciscan Capuchins serving in Ellis County; the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, from India; and the Heralds of Good News, also from India.

“Obviously we not only need but desire to take this opportunity to lift you up in a spirit of gratitude. You have our heartfelt thanks,” Bishop Edward Weisenburger told those gathered during his homily.

Whether the consecrated religious were born in Kansas or came from a distant continent, their desire to serve eventually brought them here, he said.

“Each of you have offered your life, your talents, your abilities and your love,” the bishop said. As consecrated religious, they have taught, prayed, fed the hungry, offered the sacraments and visited people in their homes.

“Your charisms are a remarkable faith witness, and for this community of faith — redemptive,” Bishop Weisenburger said.

 

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