All are welcome at “Year of Women Religious” opening Mass on Saturday | Arts & Culture
COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Bishop Roger Foys has announced a “Year of Women Religious,” a yearlong celebration of the vocation and contributions of women religious, to be observed in the Diocese of Covington.
The opening ceremony will be Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Avenue, on Saturday (Feb. 25) at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to this inaugural celebration. Representatives of the five women religious orders serving the Diocese will attend. A reception follows in the Covington Latin School next to the Cathedral.
In his letter announcing the year, Bishop Foys said, since the diocese’s founding in 1853 “The faithful dedication and charisms of the many congregations and orders of Sisters who have served our Diocese has resulted in the establishment of schools, orphanages, a hospital, a college, and nursing and adult care centers.”
“These ministries were administered and staffed by the Sisters. Women religious continue to be a vital part of our ministry to God’s people. Today women religious still serve in many of the apostolates begun in those early days of our diocese as well as in new apostolates in our parishes and other institutions.”
Currently five mother and provincial houses of Sisters are established in the Diocese of Covington. They are the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg, the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence, the Passionist Sisters, the Sisters of Notre Dame, and the Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker. “We thank them for their continued presence in our Diocese and for the contributions and sacrifices they continue to make for the care and welfare of our people,” Bishop Foys said. Representatives of the Sisters are part of the committee planning both diocesan-wide and local observations during the year.
The Messenger, the official newspaper for the diocese, will publish a variety of articles and information in conjunction with the YWR. Each of the five women religious communities will host one or more local celebrations, scheduled throughout the year, highlighting particular aspects of their ministries and charisms (a distinct focus and mission of their religious profession). A special commemorative video is being created, for viewing at various celebrations as well as use as a vocations recruiting tool by the religious orders.
“Each successive Bishop, including myself, has relied on these Sisters and Sisters from many other congregations to assist in answering the needs of the Diocese of Covington,” Bishop Foys said. “I look forward with great anticipation to this Year of Women Religious and ask you to join me in praying for and thanking those who work so selflessly for our needs as the bridesmaids of Jesus Christ.”
The complete text of Bishop Foys’ letter is also available at www.covingtondiocese.org.
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