This past Sunday, June 5, I was in Chicago for Mass at Corpus Christi Church. The parish was honoring Sr. Marilyn Freking and Sr. Ann Rubly who have decided to retire and move to the motherhouse in Dubuque, IA. Sr. Ann has served at Corpus Christi for 44 years; Sr. Marilyn for 53.
The Mass was well-attended by parishioners, former students, and the Dubuque Franciscans.
To honor the Franciscan Sisters as well as the friars of Sacred Heart Province, the pastor dedicated the courtyard in the name of the Franciscans.
On Monday, June 6, at St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville, IL, Bishop Edward Braxton presided at a Mass to honor the priests celebrating milestone jubilees of ordination. One of the honorees (or some might say "orneries" in this case) was Fr. Christian Reuter who is celebrating his 50th jubilee of ordination. Chris worked for years at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago and followed me as pastor at Corpus Christi.
O God, please call more women and men to generously serve the Church as sisters, brothers, and priests!