The Congregation gathered at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Nazareth, Kentucky, on the morning of July 17, 2022, to celebrate the Mass and the Golden Jubilee of Sister Adeline Fehribach. It was a beautiful occasion for celebrating God’s faithfulness in helping Sister Adeline, a vice president of the Congregation, live her vows.
Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, president of the Congregation, welcomed everyone. She said, “Remember the energy of love and support that is present here in this place as your Sisters, Associates and friends join you in praise and thanksgiving for your 50 golden years.”
In the homily, Sister Adeline spoke strongly of how all human beings are called to serve. “Down through history, human beings have placed impediments in the way some people serve. ‘You cannot serve in this way because you are a woman. You cannot serve in this way because you are gay or lesbian. You cannot serve in this way because of the color of your skin or the caste to which you belong.’ At such moments, God needs the service of prophets who are willing to challenge those for whom God’s ways are not their ways.”
Sister Adeline professed her vows, stating, “Blessed are you, God of all creation … As you have called me to conversion in this Community of mission, I pray that you may give me to grace to be transformed so that I may continue to serve the community, the Church, and the world in the way you need me to serve. Amen.”
Sister Adeline gave thanks for the occasion saying, “Thanks to everyone whose service helped the Liturgy to be such a celebration, brought nourishment of mind, body, and spirit to the dinner, and challenged me in my 50 years of service to others.”