Jubilee Celebrations

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On Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015 we celebrated a magnificent manifestation and outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a triple Jubilee – Sr. Anne Seelaus, OCD, 70 years of Religious Profession, Mother Mary John Billeaud, OCD, 60 years and Sr. Theresa Anne Billeaud, CDP, 50 years! Great and abundant joy filled the hearts of all of the record breaking crowd of over 400 family members and friends. On the First Pentecost after Jesus ascended into Heaven, the Spirit came down upon Mary and the Apostles gathered in prayer and a mighty Wind filled the whole place where they were staying. Truly, the “whole House” was filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit as “tongues of fire” rested on everyone present. The praise of God resounded throughout the whole Monastery. Could there have been a more dynamic and impressive way to celebrate this Year dedicated to Consecrated Life and to the 500th Birth of St. Teresa!!! We sang Jubilee to Jesus, the Bridegroom of the Church and of His Consecrated Brides. We gave thanks for these many years of fidelity to a call of the Spirit who has filled the hearts of our Sisters with His Living Flame of Love. With St. Teresa we can say: “The true love of God is as a fire!” This Fire has inflamed the hearts of our Sisters through these many years. We would like to quote St. John Paul II from the document Vita Consecrata:

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“Like the whole of Christian life, the call to the consecrated life is closely linked to the working of the Holy Spirit. In every age, the Spirit enables new men and women to recognize the appeal of such a demanding choice. Through His power, they relive, in a way, the experience of the Prophet Jeremiah: ‘You seduced me, Lord, and I have let myself be seduced’ (Jer. 20:7). It is the Spirit who awakens the desire to respond fully; it is He who guides the growth of this desire, helping it to mature into a positive response and sustaining it as it is faithfully translated into action; it is He who shapes and molds the hearts of those who are called, configuring them to Christ, the chaste, poor and obedient One, and prompting them to make His mission their own. By allowing themselves to be guided by the Spirit on an endless journey of purification, they become, day after day, conformed to Christ, the prolongation in history of a special presence of the Risen Lord.”

“The consecrated life thus becomes a particularly profound expression of the Church as the Bride who, prompted by the Spirit to imitate her Spouse, stands before him ‘in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish’ (Eph. 5:27).”

Bishop Emeritus Sam Jacobs of Houma, Louisiana, was the main celebrant of the Eucharist with five other concelebrants. In his homily Msgr. Michael Jamail, V.G. of the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas, challenged all to be the “Light of Christ” to everyone. He thanked our Sisters for being such, praying that they may “continue to be witnesses to each of us of this ‘Light of Christ’ shining out in the darkness.”

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5-24-15 “Jubilees of Profession” from Catholic Diocese of Lafayette LA on Vimeo.

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