Jubilee 2017                                              

procession13 women celebrated a total of 805 years of service to the people of God as members of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit and their extended family in the USA Province on June 4th and 5th consecutively at the Provincial House in Putnam and at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham.

The festivities at the Provincial House began with the pinning of corsages on Sunday morning, followed by a celebrative lunch, also honoring the Congregation feast day of Pentecost. At 2:00 pm the procession, led by the Marie Balavenne banner and the honor guard of the Knights of Columbus, entered the chapel to the musical accompaniment of the jubilee musicians: Lorraine While, Priscilla Dowd and cantor Elizabeth Puleo. 

The liturgy, offered by the Rev. Edward Dempsey, homilist ,the Very Rev. Laurence LaPointe and PH Chaplain Richard Archambault, incorporated the renewal of vows by the jubilarians, the ensemble of the DHS, the Consecrated Seculars and the renewal of covenants by the Associates.

Present also for the celebration was MARIE BALAVENNE (in the person of Bonnie Theriault) who very graciously responded to Sister Gertrude Lanouette’s invitation to share a few words of adieu with the assembly to bring to closure the year dedicated to the co-foundress and first Daughter of the Holy Spirit.

Family members and friends converged to the gymnatorium following the Mass fo share and enjoy a simple yet festive repast and special recognition of Sisrer Irene Fortier for her many years as directress of the Jubilee Choir.

On Monday, the Sisters at St. Joseph Community in Windham also celebrated a liturgy, animated by the Very Rev. Laurence LaPointe, for the 6 jubilarians in residence.  Mass was followed by a combination jubilee/Pentecost dinner and the Knights of Columbus were present after dessert to confer their specially designed certificates of honor upon the jubilarians.

Congratulations to our 2017 jubilarians! May the energy and dynamism you have shared with others over these many years live on forever in your hearts and in the hearts of all to whom you continue to bring the fire of the Spirit’s love and compassion.  Forever blessings be upon you!


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