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Annual Jubilee Mass

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By Justin Chung

The Jubilee Mass is an annual celebration honoring brothers, sisters and religious order priests of the diocese on the occasion of their jubilee year (25, 50, 60, 70, or 75 years of profession).

Organized by Sister Rosalie Pizzo of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, this year’s Mass was celebrated at Bellarmine College Preparatory on April 14, featuring a variety of nuns and priests celebrating the milestones in their lives. Bishop Patrick J. McGrath was the celebrant.

Among the group was Father Mike Moodie, SJ, a Jesuit at Bellarmine, who has led a life dedicated to the Society’s mission of the service of faith and promotion of justice through teaching religious and Latin classes. The homilist was Father Paul Soukup, SJ, who spoke about how religious brothers and sisters live out their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Monsignor Francis Cilia, Vicar General for the Diocese of San Jose, spoke of the significance of the celebration and his thoughts on the Mass.

“I find these annual celebrations uplifting, and I am pleased to be able to participate in them. The Religious have given so much and deserve recognition and thanks,” he said. “They are wonderful signs of God’s presence in our midst. They call us to live our baptismal commitment [because] the religious are such faithful witnesses of God’s love.”