On 15th September 2023, a celebration Mass of thanksgiving was held in St. Joseph’s Convent Chapel for six FMSL Sisters’ Jubilees of religious profession. Jubilee celebrations had been postponed since 2020 due to the pandemic. This year, we were able to mark the Platinum Jubilee (70 years) of Sisters Philomena Flynn, Anastasia McGonagle and Dolores Delaney, the Diamond Jubilees (60 years) of Sisters Clara Lynch and Savio Faulkner, and the Golden Jubilee (50 years) of Sister Marie Therese Quigley. Although Sisters Anastasia and Dolores were unable to travel to be present in person at the celebration, the Mass was livestreamed and some of Sr Dolores’ family members were able to attend. The main celebrant was Rt. Rev. Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. Msgrs. Benny O’Shea and Michael Jackson and Canon Seamus Hester concelebrated. The Jubilarians’ combined years of religious life totaled 380, as Bishop Moth commented during his homily. We congratulate the Sisters and give thanks to God for their many years of dedicated service in the Franciscan way of life.
The Mass was livestreamed on YouTube: