DIGHTON, Mass. — Sisters came from Honduras, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Fall River for their annual seven days of silent, preached retreat in Dighton.
“A total of 315 years of joyful service! This is what our six Sisters together have given to the world in the span of 70 years of service rooted in charity,” said Sister Vimala Vadakumpadan, major superior of the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation in her opening welcoming remarks before the Eucharistic celebration. This celebration was held at the Sisters’ headquarters in Dighton on the feast of St. Dominic, Aug. 8, 2015.
Sister Vimala also remarked that “God chose Sister Lucia Gomez, 70 years; Sister Margarita Ortiz, 60 years; Sister Marie William Lapointe, 60 years; Sister Marta Ines Toro, 50 years; Sister Carole Mello, 50 years; and Sister Monica Garcia, 25 years, to bring His Good News to near and far distant lands: United States of America, Colombia, France, Africa, Puerto Rico, Honduras and South Korea have been rich soil the Lord entrusted to them during their many years of service. These Sisters served in the ministries of health, education and social services in the countries named above.”
These Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, as they are commonly known, serve in 36 countries of the world. Following the example of their foundress Blessed Marie Poussepin to be at the service of the Church they respond to the call to serve.
The celebrants’ families, living and deceased were recognized and offered profound appreciation, love and gratitude for their prayers and support for the jubilarians’ religious vocation.
The seven Eucharistic celebrants, who are among the priests who serve the Sisters at daily Mass, joined the Sisters of the Presentation and the families of the Jubilarians to a festive meal and joyful gathering.