“What Happiness it is to be a Little Sister of the Poor”
Sr. Andrew Mary Lina professed her final vows as a Little Sister of the Poor on July 15, 1995. Even in a COVID restricted environment, we couldn’t let this milestone go by without a celebration.
On Wednesday, July 15, Fr. Matt Jamesson, Parochial Vicar at St. Theresa Parish along with our Resident Priests, Fr. Damian Graziano, Fr. Tom Rzepiela and Fr. Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv. offered a Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of the 25th Jubilee of Sr. Andrew.
It looked very different than Jubilees before COVID. All of our Little Sister, joined Sr. Andrew and properly spaced apart in our Chapel. Five Residents came to the Chapel, while all the other Residents watched the Mass broadcast on their TVs.
Fr. Matt gave a beautiful homily talking about how the empty spaces in the pews were actually filled with light from heaven. Father said that each person who Sr. Andrew cared for, was present with her at this Mass, along with Jeanne Jugan, St. Joseph and all of the Saints that Sr. Andrew has ever prayed to. Father thanked Sr. Andrew and all of the Little Sisters for their vocation and how God has given each Sister strength beyond human limitations to care for the poor.
After Mass Sr. Andrew presented gifts to Residents and staff. It was an extra special joyous day, as the Illinois Department of Public Health had allowed us to begin communal dining with two Residents per table spaced out.
Jesus, you bless our lives with purpose. Help us to share your truth with others so that they can also find purpose through you. Bless Sister Andrew, who has shared your good news with many throughout her lifetime. May this Jubilee bring her additional grace and strength to live for you alone.