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Sisters celebrate jubilees
Daughters of St. Paul gather at Marymount to honor two of their own.
Sisters María Elizabeth Borobia and Mary Peter Martin, both members of the Daughters of St. Paul, observed their 25th and 50th jubilee anniversaries respectively, with a Mass celebrated by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde May 22 at Marymount University in Arlington.
Surrounded by other sisters and friends, the two jubilarians sat in the first pew as Bishop Loverde, assisted by Father Frank J. Ready, vicar general of the Arlington Diocese, welcomed them and thanked the two sisters for their service to the church.
In his homily, the bishop spoke of the blessings of a consecrated life and what it means to follow Christ — “adoration and service.”
The bishop said that those in the consecrated life set aside their plans and follow Christ. As St. Paul said in Galatians, “It is no longer I who live in Christ, but Christ who lives in me.”
“I add my gratitude for your work,” the bishop said in conclusion. “It is not always easy. (But) what would the church do without you?”
After the homily the sisters renewed their vows.
“In accordance with the vows which I have professed in my religious community, I rededicate myself to the service of God and church. Relying on the support of those with whom I live and work, I give myself with whole heart through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen,” the two sisters said in unison.
Sisters María Elizabeth and Mary Peter both work at the Pauline Book and Media Center in Alexandria. They serve on an evangelization team that visits area schools to talk about Catholicism and vocations. Sister María Elizabeth is active in promoting Hispanic vocations and Sister Mary Peter has a public relations blog with a Catholic viewpoint.
Sister María Elizabeth said, “(I have) gratitude for God’s fidelity and merciful love. It’s a joy to celebrate (our jubilees.)”
Sister Mary Peter expressed happiness on her 50th jubilee and was thankful that God gave her the strength to continue to work all these years.