• Bishop thanks sisters with Mass, dinner

May 14, 2009 by

Sisters sig the entrance hymn at the Mass in their honor on May 13 in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina.

Sisters sig the entrance hymn at the Mass in their honor on May 13 in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina.

SALINA — Bishop Paul Coakley extended the diocese’s thanks to women religious at the annual appreciation Mass and luncheon on May 13.


“We give thanks for the fruitfulness of your lives, your ministries and your apostolates. On behalf of this gathering, we thank you for your commitment, dedication, fidelity and consecrated lives,” he told about 70 sisters at Sacred Heart Cathedral, including more than 40 from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

Bishop Paul Coakley chats with Sister Judy Stephens, left, and Sister Lucy Schneider at the dinner on May 13.

Bishop Paul Coakley chats with Sister Judy Stephens, left, and Sister Lucy Schneider at the dinner on May 13.

In the Gospel reading for the day from St. John, Jesus tells his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.”


In his homily, Bishop Coakley said, “Our lives and vitality come from our shared connection with that vine.

“Let us reflect on how important it is when we remain united in faith, hope and charity with the Church. It is only by remaining firmly grafted to this vine that our lives and ministries will bear fruit,” he said.

The annual event includes dinner at which the sisters are served by priests from the diocese. In addition to the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia, other orders represented were the Sisters of St. Agnes, the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend and two from Mexico City, the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Christ the King.

Father Randall Weber serves Sister Margaret Rourke, left, as Sister Mary Reiter and other Sisters of St. Joseph enjoy their meal May 13.

Father Randall Weber serves Sister Margaret Rourke, left, as Sister Mary Reiter and other Sisters of St. Joseph enjoy their meal May 13.

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