Archdiocese celebrates jubilees for priesthood, consecrated life

October 27, 2015

HOUSTON – Sisters and religious priests gathered with many religious and friends at All Saints Catholic Church on Sunday, Oct. 11, for the annual Archdiocesan Celebration of Jubilees. This is the Year of Consecrated Life, and the church was filled — a gracious tribute of both faithful and religious to the beauty of lives consecrated in service and ministry. 

Mass was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz, and the beautiful music offered by the All Saints Choir under the direction of Mary Gahr. 
Bishop Sheltz told his vocation story in the homily, and later had the unique and happy opportunity of presenting a jubilee certificate to one of his high school teachers, Father Carl Belisch, C.S.B.

After communion, the jubilarians renewed together their commitments made 25, 50, 60 and 75 years ago. This year, there were two diamond jubilarians of 75 years, both present for the celebration: Sister Raphael Bordages, O.P.; and Sister Benignus Galiano, O.P. 

The celebration also brought the golden jubilee of Sister Angel Teresa Sweeney, O.C.D., prioress of the Discalced Carmelites in New Caney. Sister Sweeney and her community were present in prayer and spirit, as each year they offer a Novena of Prayer for the jubilarians.

Bishop Sheltz presented each jubilarian with a framed certificate as introductions and biographies were announced by Sister Anita Brenek, C.D.P., of the Archdiocesan Office for Vocations. These presentations included brief, inspirational vocation and ministry stories that encompass Galveston-Houston and far beyond. Mass was followed by a reception in the Parish Hall, sponsored by the Serra Club.