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Sisters honored at 2019 celebration for women religious

Five of the sisters honored at the Oct. 19, 2019 Diocesan Jubilee for Women Religious have a picture taken with Bishop Medley after the prayer service. (Left to right) Sr. Mary McDermott, OSU, 40 years; Sr. Clara Reid, OSU, 60 years; Bishop Medley; Sr. Cecelia Joseph Olinger, OSU, 60 years; Sr. Rebecca White, OSU, 40 years; and Sr. Alicia Coomes, OSU, 40 years. Unable to attend that day was Sr. Marie Montgomery, OSU, 75 years. ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD | WKC


Bishop Medley congratulates Sr. Clara Reid, OSU, on 60 years of religious life on Oct. 19, 2019. ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD | WKC

On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, women religious from around the Diocese of Owensboro gathered with Bishop William F. Medley at St. Martin Parish in Rome to honor several of their own who were celebrating jubilees of religious life.

Those honored that day were Sr. Cecelia Joseph Olinger, OSU, and Sr. Clara Reid, OSU, both of whom were celebrating 60 years of religious life, as well as Sr. Alicia Coomes, OSU; Sr. Mary McDermott, OSU; and Sr. Rebecca White, OSU, all of whom celebrated 40 years. Sr. Marie Montgomery, OSU, was also honored that day for her 75 years of religious life, but was unable to attend the celebration.

Two members of the Sisters of the Lamb of God sing during the Oct. 19, 2019 Diocesan Jubilee for Women Religious. ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD | WKC

The celebration, which took place in the form of a prayer service, included several scripture readings and hymns, including “Here I Am Lord” by Dan Schutte. Bishop Medley offered a homily after a reading of the Gospel of Matthew 28:16-20.

“It is a privilege and a joy to be here and celebrate with the religious of our diocese,” said Bishop Medley.

The bishop said that it was appropriate for the celebration to take place that day, which coincided with the feast of Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, and Companions, Jesuit missionaries who were martyred in North America in the 1600s.

Bishop Medley connected the feast day with the mission given to all members of religious life: “Go to the ends of the earth.”

Originally printed in the November 2019 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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