Rome Community celebrates Sister Judith Zoebelein's jubilee

ROME (02-19-2011) - The Rome Community joyfully celebrated with Sister Judith Zoebelein her 25th jubilee of religious vows with a Mass and reception for their many friends in Rome. Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General, and Mother Miriam Seiferman, Vicar General, were present for the festivities which took place at the chapel and retreat center of Urbaniana University atop the Janiculum Hill overlooking St. Peter's Basilica. Among the 200 guests were three cardinals, two bishops and thirty priests.

The principal celebrant of the Mass was Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. In his homily, Cardinal Tauran thanked the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist for their witness to consecrated life: "In this occasion we have to thank the Lord for the many women religious and consecrated women, as you Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist are, who have found their place in the Church and are present, as you are, in places where men and women need to be accompanied, guided, encouraged. To me it seems that women religious have a particular charism to invent a new style of human relations in families, in cities, in schools. Added to this is also the other aspect that I have recently discovered: the help that women religious lend to young priests. It is so comforting to see priests relating to female religious communities who, after a ministry that is often exhausting, find themselves with the religious, in an atmosphere of prayer and friendship, which gives to all of them courage to be themselves and to continue on. Let us pray for all these women who often are heroic, of whom no one speaks, but who are, along each of our journey, like caring sisters."