FMSC Opening Jubilee 150th Year

Our events opening the 150th Jubilee year of our Congregation in the United States
1  Honoring our Pioneer Sisters 2  Our first three Sisters sent to the United States, Sr. Constanza, Sr. Gertrude, and Sr. Pellegrina  with Sr. Margherita, our General Superior 3  Friday, December 5, 2014 4  The chapel at our Provincial house, Mt. St. Francis
5  The Sisters main chapel 6  Our chapel, named in honor of St. Margaret of Cortona 7  Dressed for the service 8  Our main altar
9  The altar dressed with flowers 10  The cross in our chapel was given to us by our Foundress, Laura Leroux, Duchess of Beauffremont 11  Hallway to the chapel 12  Sr. Gloria and our main celebrant Fr. Kevin Daly, OFM
13  Fr. Kevin Daly, Sr. Anne Matthew and Sr. Laura 14  Sisters gathering before Vespers 15  Sisters gathered waiting for our Jubilee Year beginning 16  Sr. Charlene, Sr. Helen Marie, Sr. Lysamma and Sr. Hortencie
17  Sr. Laura and Sr. Antonia greeting some of our friends Stella, Jen and Joey 18  Gathering for the procession... 19  Fr. Rienbold, our chaplain, Fr. Kevin Daly, OFM and Fr. John Higgins of Assumption Church in Peekskill 20  Our provincial Sr. Anne Matthew and Fr. John Higgins
21  Our Sisters process into chapel for Vespers 22  We gather together... 23  A view from our choir loft 24  Sr. Anne Matthew addresses the community and our guests
25  Fr. Rienbold, Fr. Higgins and Sr. Laura 26  The Sisters of St. Francis Province 27  Some refreshments to celebrate, a Franciscan tradition! 28  Sisters and guests
29  Our Sisters in the dining room 30  Stella and mom Jen 31  And a big smaile from brother Joey 32  Saturday, December 6, 2014
33  We await our opening liturgy 34  The opening procession and hymn 35  Our celebrants Fr. Kevin Cronin, OFM, Frs. Charles Rienbold, John Pintabone, Joseph De Mauro, SA, John Pierce and Rev. Msgr. Robert Senetsky 36  Novice Lisa Carlone reading
37  Sr. Laura leading us in song 38  Fr. Kevin presenting the Holy Scripture 38b  Our Sisters and guests celebrate the word 39  Fr. Kevin preaching his good homily, We remember, we celebrate, we believe
40  Sr. Petra reading the prayers of petition 41  Bringing up the gifts 42  Sr Gloria and Sr. Ana Ruth 43  Eucharistic prayers
44  Communion begins as we honor our first Sisters and Our Lady of Perpetual Help 46  Communion 47  Sr. Ana Ruth, Sr. Ann Patrick, and Sr. Hortencie with our treasured  Sr. Francis Marie, who turned 103 in September! 48  Our Lady of Perpetual Help, along with our pioneer Sisters and the declaration calling for our presence in the U.S.
49  Our closing hymn, "City of God" 50  Jubilee decorations, made by our Sr. Ana Maria grace our dining room with the Prayer of St. Francis 51  The celbration continues... 52  ...with a luncheon in our dining room
53  Some of our Sisters 54  Our Sisters and guests... 55  ...beginning our Jubilee year 56  Some of our "villa Sisters", the Hastings Franciscans
57  Some of the Franciscan Sisters of Peace 58  Children from one of the first schools we opened, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs 59  Sr. Francine, FSP and Father John Pintabone, who was taught by the Peekskill Franciscans 60  Our novice Eileen with her mother Maureen
61  Sr. Angelene and guest Joe Schuka 62  Saturday, December 7, 2014 63  The choir loft in our chapel 64  Our side altar, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
65  The Sacred Heart Altar was our first altar built in Peekskill in the 1860s 66  Awaiting our final event... 67  ...of Vespers on Sunday December 7 68  The Advent wreath in front of Our Ladys altar
69  The Sisters gather with guests to pray our Vesper service