Bishop thanks sisters with Appreciation Mass, dinner
By Doug Weller, The Register
(Republished by permission)
SALINA, Kan. — More than 60 women religious were guests of honor at a Mass of appreciation May 12 at Sacred Heart Cathedral and luncheon at the Hall of Bishops.
For Sister Bernadine Pachta, it was a memorable event.
“I was most struck by all of it,” she said. “This was an exceedingly lovely event.”
Now the archivist for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia, Sister Bernadine was based on the East Coast for about 20 years and only recently has had the opportunity to attend the diocesan gathering.
“It was a lovely Mass, and I felt it was special to have so many priests present,” she said. “And of course the meal was superb.”
She added she was pleased “that there is a special day for us.”
Bishop Paul Coakley celebrated the Mass, with Bishop Emeritus George Fitz simons and 14 priests concelebrating. A deacon and two seminarians also took part. Serra Club of Salina, whose focus is supporting vocations, served the meal.
“This Mass of appreciation in your honor is an expression of our appreciation and gratitude,” Bishop Coakley said in his homily. Just as the Apostles received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was with the founders and foundresses when they established their religious orders, Bishop Coakley said. The nine days between Jesus’ Ascension and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is a time “to reflect on how attendant we are to the Spirit,” he said.
“The struggle we have is how is the Spirit working in our lives. We have to be open to the Spirit in order for it to be effective and to take root and bear fruit,” the bishop said.
Sister Bernadine was among 51 members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia in attendance; theirs is the only religious community based in the diocese.
But also represented at the Mass and luncheon were three members of the Sisters of St. Agnes, based in Fond du Lac, Wis., four from the Dominican Sisters of Peace of Columbus, Ohio, and four from the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Christ the King, based in Mexico City.
2 thoughts on “Bishop thanks sisters with Appreciation Mass, dinner”
Sounds like this was a wonderful “pat on the back” and hearts of women religious in the Diocese of Salina.
It was an uplifting celebration. So good to be with Sisters from across the Diocese…Agnetians, Dominicans, CSJs as well as with so many priests of the Diocese.