Men and women whom Pope Francis described as “a gift for the people of God on a journey” gathered on Oct. 17 to celebrate their lives and the years of dedication given by honorees among them. The Celebration of Consecrated Life within the Archdiocese of Hartford took the form of a Mass in the chapel of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant. A reception followed. Four men and women religious were honored for marking significant anniversaries. The honorees were Sister of Notre Dame Ann Marie Strileckis, ceebrating 50 years; Sister Frances Elisabeth McKay, of the Little Sisters of the Poor, marking 60 years; Sister Mary Elizabeth Endee, of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, celebrating 25 years; and Holy Cross Brother Joseph Walsh, marking 50 years.
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