During this past year as I prepared to celebrate my Golden Jubilee, I was blessed to have had three very marked experiences in which I was able to thank God for this 50 years of fidelity in the service of Hospitality, He has been my rock throughout these time.
I first started my religious journey from a hospital bed, because of the illness I had contracted. I felt the presence of God always at my side, especially when everything pointed that I couldn’t continue on the journey started, but as always, God’s ways are not our ways and if we abandon ourselves in His arms and trust in Him, He will enlighten us with His light and grace, letting us know what He wants of us and the way He wants us to follow.
The first occasion I had to celebrate my 50 years of religious life was on the 2nd of February, which is the special day dedicated to Religious Life which I was able to celebrate with all the religious of the Archdiocese and with those who were celebrating 25, 50 and 75 years in Religious Life. We all renewed our vows in the Cathedral before the Archbishop, priests and the many other religious who were present. It was a simple act of renewal but very significant for me.
I was able to give thanks to Our Lady of Lourdes at the Grotto, as she was faithful throughout her life to help me to continue living my own personal YES
Then, on the 24th of October, the actual day of my Golden Jubilee, I had the privilege to be in Lourdes with a small group of pilgrims who travelled with me in the jambulance. For me, it was a very precious occasion where I was able to give thanks to God and to Our Lady of Lourdes at the Grotto, as she was faithful throughout her life to help me to continue living my own personal YES which I first gave on 24th October 1968 in the little chapel of the hospital.
I had a wonderful day and the group accompanied me in celebrating the occasion. After the mass, we had a lovely picnic by a huge lake with beautiful scenery. At the end of the day, I gave God thanks and asked Him to grant me the gift of perseverance until the end of my days.
Lastly, on 30th October, I was accompanied by the sisters who had travelled from various places to join me in officially celebrating my Golden Jubilee in Shenstone. It was also a very significant day for all hospitallers as it was the anniversary of the death of our beloved mother foundress Maria Josefa Recio. The Eucharist was celebrated with four priests, Mgr D. Cousins being the main celebrant. Friends, staff and residents were also present. It was a day of great emotion, full of memories, a day to really give thanks to God for all the graces received. He is the faithful spouse who never lets us down.
From the bottom of my heart, I give thanks to everyone, Sisters, friends, staff and all those who sent me their love and their wishes. May the good Lord bless you all, and now a new chapter has opened in my life, may the Lord grant me a grateful Heart and that His presence accompanies always.