One Hundred and Still Dancing

Sister Rose Mary IannucciThe gorgeous sun sprayed morning of June 6th found our dear Sister Rose Mary Iannucci ready and willing to celebrate her 100th birthday.

The celebration had been anticipated the previous day when the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus presented Rose Mary with a special blessing from Pope Francis honoring her longevity and her service to God’s people.

At about 2:00 p.m. that afternoon Sisters from all over the Province started to arrive at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham where our centenarian resides in the DHS Community.  The recreation room soon resounded with song, laughter and myriads of hugs and good wishes.

Sister Rose MarySeveral members from Sister Rose Mary’s family were also in attendance and their expressions revealed they relished each and every moment of this once in a lifetime occasion.

SistersBefore blowing out the candles on the birthday cake and enjoying the sweet delights prepared with so much love and affection, the meaningful lyrics and tune of “I hope you dance” caught everyone’s attention as Rose Mary was invited by Sr. Jacqueline Robillard to do one of her favorite things – dance. Indeed a sight to behold and to enjoy to the fullest. Cameras flashed, guests applauded and everyone there was invited to join in.

Sister Rose MaryThe socializing continued feverishly, the conversation grew louder, more residents from the house dropped by to offer Sister their best wishes and to enjoy some refreshments.  Among the guests we were privileged to include two other DHS centenarians who also are members of the St Joseph Community.

Sr Rose Mary and K of CShortly before 4:00 p.m. guests started to bid their farewells to Rose Mary and her family and headed home bringing with them tons of happy memories, pleasant sentiments and a song in their hearts that inspired one and all to be ready to dance when the moment was right.

SistersHappy 100th Birthday, Sr. Rose Mary, and many thanks for having chosen to dance.


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