For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford
HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 27, 2016) – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate a Mass at the Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave. in Bloomfield, for 235 men and women consecrated religious. The Mass begins at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a dinner reception.
According to Vicar for Religious, Sister Mariette Moan, A.S.C.J., of the 235 religious attending, 11 are celebrating 25th, 50th, 60th or 75th anniversaries, known as jubilees. During the Mass, the Archbishop will ask the jubilarians to renew their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.
Among those present at the celebration will be Blaise Falbo, the newly professed hermit for the Archdiocese of Hartford; Sophia Winiarski, one of two consecrated virgins of the Archdiocese; and Claudette Cyr, who will be celebrating her 60th anniversary as a member of the Secular Institute of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate.
Sister Mariette notes that this year’s jubilee celebration takes on special meaning, because it occurs at the tail end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. She says that Pope Francis gives everyone in our Church a great example of what servant leadership looks like, and she believes that one of his many gifts is his ability to have his hand on the pulse of his brothers and sisters: to listen, to understand and then to act.
“In this past year, he has called all of us to contemplate mercy and to grow in our heart’s capacity for forgiving and being forgiven, to truly celebrate that we are – all of us – loved unconditionally by the Father, and then to share that Good News through a reawakening of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. While each of the charisms of the many religious institutes in our Archdiocese represent a unique gift to the Church, it is amazing how many of them specifically express aspects of mercy. Our charisms unite us in that we are essentially giving witness to the fact that, as Pope Francis asserts: ‘The language of the Spirit, the language of the Gospel, is the language of Communion.’ We go forward together in commitment to our call, our charism and our mission in union with mission of the whole Church.”
To learn more about consecrated life, contact Sister Mariette at the Office for Religious: 860-242-5573.