Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone will lead the Diocese in honoring religious jubilarians for the World Day for Religious Celebration. All are encouraged to attend.

Staff report from the Catholic Voice

Twenty-six men and women, representing nine orders of priests, brothers and sisters, will be honored for years of service ranging from 25 to 75 during the Diocese of Oakland’s first observance of World Day of Consecrated Life on Feb. 6 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, which is located at 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland.

Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will be the principal celebrant at the 10 a.m. Mass. Those being recognized will be seated together in the cathedral, along with members of their religious communities who accompany them. During Mass, the men and women will be recognized as jubilarians and renew their professions. These jubilarians all live and work within the diocese.

A reception in the parish hall will follow the Mass.

World Day for religious grew out of a 1996 Synod of Bishops focused on consecrated life; the next year, Pope John Paul II instituted World Day for the Consecrated Life.

In his homily at the 1997 Mass, Pope John Paul II said: “For some time the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple has brought together in diocesan communities the members of institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, to show God’s People the joy of unreserved commitment to the Lord and his kingdom. I wanted this experience to be extended to the whole Church, to give thanks to God for the great gift of consecrated life and to encourage ever greater gratitude and esteem for it.”

Honorees expected to be in attendance at the Feb. 6 celebration of World Day of Religious at the Cathedral of Christ the Light include:

75 Years
Sister Mary Herbert Rafael, SNJM
Sister Ruth Raftery, SNJM

70 Years
Sister Regina Marie Novacek, OP

60 Years

Sister Sylvia Bartheld, SNJM
Sister Julian Dion, OP
Sister Mary Ruth Faisca, SHF
Sister Joanne Clare Gallagher, CSJ
Sister Stella Marie Goodpasture, OP
Sister Carmel Therese Gutierrez, CSJ
Sister Rose Martin, OP
Sister Carole Pesce, SHF
Sister Marietta Stafford, SHF
Sister Maleada Mary Strange, SNJM

50 Years

Sister Patricia Bruno, OP
Sister Anne Burgard, SNJM
Sister Judeana Davidson, SHF
Sister Marietta Fahey, SHF
Sister Raya Hanlon, OP
Sister Sophie Hofmann, OP
Brother Leo Patin, CSSR
Sister JoAnne Quinlivan, SNJM
Father Richard Schiblin, CSSR

45 years
Father Jose Arong, OMI

35 years
Father Scott Hill, OMI

25 years
Sister Celine Pathiaparambil, CMC
Father Emilio Reyes, SVD