Sisters celebrate 25 years of vowed religious life

FSE JubileeMERIDEN, CT (08-16-2015) Sister Mary Elizabeth Endee, FSE (left in photo) and Sister Karol Marie Hegarty, FSE celebrated their 25 years of vowed religious life on Sunday, August 16, 2015 in the Chapel of St. John. Approximately 200 guests attended the Mass and reception.

Principal celebrant and homilist was the Very Reverend Douglas L. Mosey, CSB, President and Rector of Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He was joined by four priests of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Reverend Lawrence Symolon, Reverend John Melnick, Reverend Jeffrey Romans and Reverend Anthony Smith. They were assisted by Deacon Robert Barry of the Archdiocese of Hartford and Deacon Donald Philip of the Diocese of Springfield. Sister Bernardone Rock, FSE directed the music in collaboration with Pat Riello, organist. Crossbearer was John Carter and servers were Brother Rufino Grealy, FBE and Brother Leo Maneri, FBE. Lectors were Melissa Hegarty of Bedford, Massachusetts, wife of Sister Karol Marie's nephew Rob, and Emma Peters of San Diego, California, great-niece of Sister Mary Elizabeth.

Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE, Mother General, received the Sisters' renewals of vows, after which she bestowed a blessing, followed by the blessings of Mother Miriam Sieferman, Vicar General, Mother Rosemae Pender, Mother Foundress, and the priests.

Friends and families gathered at the Chiara Center for refreshments following the liturgy.

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Sisters pray in the Chapel of St. John prior to the sacred liturgy.

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The altar adorned with flowers from the Franciscan Sisters' gardens.

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Melissa Hegarty was the lector for the First Reading.

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Emma Peters, daughter of Zachary and Jen Peters, proclaimed the Second Reading.

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Sister Marie Benedict Elliott and Sister Michaela Serpa singing the Responsorial Psalm.

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Sister Karol Marie renewing her vows into the hands of Mother Shaun Vergauwen.

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Mother Shaun receives the vow renewal of Sister Mary Elizabeth.

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From left, Father Lawrence Symolon, pastor of Holy Angels Church, South Meriden; Father John Melnick, pastor of St. Bernard Church, Enfield; and Father Jeffrey Romans, pastor of St. Bridget Church and St. Thomas Becket Church, Cheshire.

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From left, Deacon Robert Barry, Father Douglas Mosey and Deacon Donald Philip.

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Luke Peters and Avery Peters, great-nephew and great-niece of Sister Mary Elizabeth, present gifts at the offertory.

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Reception in the San Damiano Room.

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Zachary Corey visits with Sister Karol Marie.

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Guests mingling on the Chiara Center patio.
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Sister Karol Marie's brother Paul Hegarty's and sister-in-law Marcia's family. From left seated, Rob, Brad, Joe, Marcia, Melissa and Paul. Standing, from left, Laura, Sean, Ed and Will.