National Vocations Awareness Week took place January 13-18. Father Henri Rebello, S Felicity Marie Madigan, SM Joan Woodall, and Mark Steinhauer shared their vocation story with the students in grades K-8. Father Henri and Sister Felicity also spoke to the students in the Religious Education classes. According to Sister Felicity, the students had many good questions ranging from, “How did you know you were called to be a priest, sister, or to get married,” to “What favorite foods do you like to eat?” and “What do you like to do for fun?”
In honor of Vocation Awareness Week, students received a button reading “Yes to the Lord,” encouraging them to think about what they would like to say “yes to” in the future; whether it is to the dedicated single life, consecrated life, priesthood, or married life.
Bishop David A. Zubik is set to preside at a special 2:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, January 27 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA, where 294 local Catholics will be recognized with the Manifesting the Kingdom Award for proclaiming Christ in their communities through their gifts of time, talent, treasure, devotion, commitment and love.
This year, SM Cabrini Procopio will receive the award for her years of service in leadership and education, her love for the Felician community, her trust in God’s providence, her willingness to share her gifts and talents, and her Felician Franciscan heart that motivates her to live the values and mission of the Felician Congregation so faithfully.
The life of Bishop Edward T. Hughes, second bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ, who died this past Christmas Day, was celebrated at a Memorial Mass on Thursday, January 3, and at the funeral liturgy the following day.
The introduction to Father O’Connor’s homily summarizes the gratitude of the Church of Metuchen for Sister Mary Michaelita:
“Before I begin my homily, I hope you would permit me to say a few personal words to someone who has been of incalculable service to Bishop Hughes not only through his years as Bishop of Metuchen, but continuing for over 15 years after his retirement as well.
“That person–as most of you know–is Sister Mary Michaelita Wiechetek. She has served him so faithfully and continuously for over 25 years as his secretary, and as my predecessor as Chancellor, and in his retirement years as his administrative assistant, nurse, cook, friend, confidant and so much more.
“Sister, the Church of Metuchen owes you a tremendous debt of gratitude for all you have done and all you have been for our beloved Bishop Hughes. No one except yourself and God will ever know all of the many things you have so selflessly done for him over the years, and I know you always did them loyally and lovingly.
“I know Bishop Hughes was most grateful for your personal ministry to him. He told me so many times, even in the days before he died. And his family and all of us here today want to say a deep and heartfelt “Thank you!”
SM Virginia Tomasiak said, Her ministry in the Church of Metuchen will be a special part of the history of the Felician Sisters of North America!”