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.
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!”