“We were members of St. Mary Parish [in Bear Creek] and … attended St. Mary School. We called it ‘The Sisters’ School.’ I joined the Sisters in 1939 — with never a regret.” – Sr. Mary Ellen Lowney
“[I]f two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father” (Mt. 18:19).
This Sunday at the 10:30am liturgy at St. Mary’s we welcome Sr. Mary Ellen Lowney who is celebrating her 75th Jubilee. Sr. Mary Ellen attended St. Mary’s school as a child and joined the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in 1939. Throughout her 75 years of ministry as a religious sister, she has served as a teacher and leader of her order, especially during the critical years as the church implemented the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. She is a witness to us of a radical faith in God’s love and trust in his providence.
Today’s gospel reminds us that we are a community of prayer. Over the years, Sr. Mary Ellen’s life and ministry has been enriched by prayer. “How could I not be enriched with participation in daily Mass, community prayer morning and evening, and ample time for personal prayer?” she says. In many ways we celebrate this gift of fidelity and prayer. May God continue to raise up strong women of faith to lead and guide the church; women rooted in prayer and committed to lifelong service. Thank you, Sr. Mary Ellen for your ongoing witness. May God continue to bless you abundantly!
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood