Archbishop Blair celebrates FSE 40th anniversary Mass

Archbishop Blair
Sister Helen Jean Brinkman, FSE of Bridal Veil, Oregon, speaks with Archbishop Blair after the 40th anniversary Mass.

MERIDEN, CT (07-21-2014) - The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, celebrated Mass with the perpetually professed members of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist on the occasion of their 40th anniversary during the Interim Chapter being held in Meriden from July 10-22. Six jubilarians renewed their vows during the Mass. Prior to the Mass, Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General, welcomed Archbishop Blair on his first visit to the Community since he was installed as Archbishop of Hartford on December 16, 2013.

The new Franciscan chapel, while still in the process of being built, was the site of the Eucharistic liturgy. The Archbishop remarked that the setting is fitting for Franciscans who carry out the call to "rebuild the Church."

Six Sisters who commemorated their jubilees within the past year knelt singly before Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General, to renew their vows during the Mass. The jubilarians were Sister Theophane Wurzer, 70 years; Sister Rose Mesa, 50 years; Sister Veronica Schueler, Sister Damien Marie Savino, Sister Mary Matthew Morrisroe and Sister Catherine Mary Clarke, 25 years.

Following the liturgy, the Community processed outside, formed a large circle and sang together the Canticle of the Sun. Archbishop Blair and The Reverend John Lavorgna, Secretary to the Archbishop, joined the Community for a festive dinner.