Brazilian sister celebrates Silver Jubilee

July 14, 2010 by

Irmã Rita de Cássia Alves, left, and Irmã Joseleide da Silva Neves join in prayer during the July 10 liturgy celebrating Joseleide's 25th anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia.

Veinte cinco anos! Sister Joseleide da Silva Neves celebrated her 25th anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia with family, friends and fellow sisters July 10.

Sister Joseleide da Silva Neves poses with her parents in Teresina, Brazil, July 10.

The special eucharistic liturgy for Irmã Joseleide — as she is called in the Portuguese of her native Brazil — was celebrated at St. Joseph the Worker parish in Teresina, the community in northern Brazil where the Sisters of St. Joseph founded a mission in 1963. The other sisters from that mission community were present and renewed their vows during the liturgy.

Also celebrating with Irmã Joseleide were four young women who are aspirants in the Brazilian community and Sisters Anna Marie Broxterman and Rosabel Flax, two American sisters currently visiting the Teresina community.

“I didn’t understand one word spoken but the presence of the Spirit was tangible,” Sister Rosabel said after the celebration.

The Mass was followed by a festive meal served in the pavilion at the main house of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia in Brazil.

Irmã Joseleide is one of 18 Sisters of St. Joseph celebrating jubilees in 2010, and this was the final of three special services honoring them for their love and service to God and the dear neighbor.

For more on the two other jubilee celebrations, CLICK HERE.


One Response to “Brazilian sister celebrates Silver Jubilee”

  1. Beth Stover on July 15th, 2010 7:36 am

    An inspiring account of Joseleide’s Silver Jubilee celebration. Thanks for connecting us in another way with all our Sisters.
    Sr. Beth

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