This year 208 religious sisters, four religious brothers and 31 religious priests celebrated the anniversary of 25 years or more in their congregations at the annual religious jubilarian Mass Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Archbishop Charles Chaput was the main celebrant for the Mass.
The 243 jubilarians represented a combined 14,100 years of consecrated life. Included in this year’s honorees were more than 45 religious men and women who have served 70 years or more.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Consecrated Life sponsored the Mass and a reception that followed. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
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Is it possible to at least publish the names of all the jubilarians, and their respective congregations?
It might seem to you to be a simple thing, but it is a matter of too big a scale for too few resources. Here is what it would take, just to get the names: Someone at CatholicPhilly.com, from our staff of four, would have to contact every religious order in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. That is 28 men’s congregations and 53 women’s congregations. Then all those names and their orders must be organized, entered into our system and edited for consistency. Experience shows that much of the information does not come in electronically but must be typed in here. We simply do not have the personnel for a project on that scale. It goes without saying that neither do we have the capacity to publish individual biographical material and photos, as in past, when we had adequate staff resources. Times change, and we must adjust to them.