Jun 5, 2014

Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate special anniversaries


(Photo courtesy of Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield) 

Staff report
HOLYOKE – Several groups of Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield today celebrated anniversaries of their entrance into religious life. 

The sisters marked the occasion with a Mass and private gathering at Mont Marie in Holyoke, where the congregation’s motherhouse is located. 

In delivering the homily, Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell, the Mass celebrant, spoke of the sisters’ being “the hands, the voice and the heart of Jesus as they minister to those in need.” He also thanked the sisters for all that they have done and all that they continue to do.

Celebrating 60 years of religious life were Sisters Patricia Johnson, Paula McCrea, Lorraine Villemaire and Mary Clare Finn. Those who entered 65 years ago include Sisters Joan Bellenoit, Rita McCauley, Margaret McNaughton, Irene Magnant and Jean Elizabeth Scanlan.

The class of 1944, who entered 70 years ago, includes Sisters Theresa Croteau, Theresa Moran and Clare O’Brien. Sisters Mary Frances Honnen and Patricia Thomas O’Connor celebrated their 75th anniversary.

The sisters celebrating special anniversaries this year have had a total of about 1,000 years of service to the community.