Sister Mary Margaret Delaski celebrates 50 years


Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE, Mother General, bestows her blessing on Sister Mary Margaret after Sister renewed her vows during the Eucharistic celebration in Lowell, Michigan.

LOWELL, MI - Sister Mary Margaret Delaski, FSE celebrated 50 years of vowed religious life in Lowell on June 28, 2015 with the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, family and friends. The Mass of celebration was held at St. Mary Great Mother of God Church where Monsignor Edward Hankiewicz, Pastor and concelebrant, welcomed all to the joyous occasion. The Very Reverend Douglas Mosey, CSB, Rector and President of Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut, was the celebrant and the Reverend Eugene Wegner, OFM was a concelebrant. At the beginning of the liturgy, Mother Mary Ann Schmitz welcomed all in the name of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.

During the Mass Sister Mary Margaret renewed her vows of chastity, poverty and obedience into the hands of Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General.


Following the vow ceremony, the priests prayed a blessing of the Church over Sister Mary Margaret.

JubileeSister Mary Margaret directs the music programs of the Franciscan Life Process Center, including music therapy, music instruction and performances. A former student of Sister Mary Margaret, Heidi Sturniolo, was the harpist for the celebration. Briege Hendrick was the pianist for the liturgy.

Prior to the Mass, A string quartet, Anna, David, Peter and Adam Craig, played Russian Choral and Overture as a prelude. The piece is based on Tchikovsky's Op. 39, No. 24.

Sister Margaret Dahl read the First Reading from the Book of Wisdom and Sister Maria Serra Garcia led the congregation in singing the Responsorial Psalm, after which David Delaski, Sister Mary Margaret's brother, read the Second Reading from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians. Sister Colleen Ann Nagle led the General Intercessions.

Following the liturgy, the congregation was invited to a reception in the parish hall.