When my husband and I were planning our wedding, we met with our pastor to discuss the readings we wanted at our nuptial Mass. One of the readings we selected was from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. The reading, which is a popular selection for weddings, includes sage advice as to what love is and what it is not. In his letter, St. Paul reminded the people of Corinth that “love is patient, love is kind.” While these words were applicable at the time they were written to the people of Corinth, what makes them so poignant to this day is that they serve as a reminder to newlyweds that the love they will share with one another throughout their married life should be a reflection of the very same love God has for them.
For the past 50 years, Sister Theresa Michel, l.s.p., has reflected the love God has for her and the love she has for her spouse, Jesus, in her service to the elderly poor. As a Little Sister, Sister Theresa Michel, who is also a registered nurse, has strived (and succeeded!) to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of God’s eldest children throughout the United States. And on October 15th, we celebrated that service in style!
On the occasion of Sister’s 50th Jubilee of Perpetual Vows, we started our celebration with a beautiful Mass led by our chaplain, Father E. Francis Kelly. During the Mass, the Sisters and some members of our Association Jeanne Jugan united their voices and sang many of Sister’s favorite hymns including “I Have Loved You With An Everlasting Love.”
Following Mass, the Residents, Sisters, and employees surprised Sister with a delicious Italian lunch and entertainment by Italian tenor Giovanni Antidormi as a salute to her pride in her Italian ancestry. Sister Theresa Michel really enjoyed her special day, and we really enjoyed sharing it with her.