A near-capacity crowd filled the Mont Marie Chapel in Holyoke this afternoon for the Golden Jubilee of three Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. Sisters Sally Marsh, Mary Quinn and Joan Ryzewicz gathered with their friends and families for a Mass and reception to celebrate their 50 years of service in religious life.
A quote by Francis of Assisi, “The Journey is the essential to the dream” was selected by the Sisters as the theme for their gathering. During the ceremony, the Jubilarians shared a blessing and thanked the community of St. Joseph, their families, friends and colleagues for sharing their journey.
“Our Congregation in Springfield began in 1883 when six Sisters arrived here from Flushing, New York, to teach immigrant children in Chicopee,” Sister Mary Quinn, who delivered the homily, said. “Many dreams and journeys have been taken since our foundation here, as we continue to respond to God’s call. Our journey, then, even as we continue to grow smaller and older, is to work with all of you—to advocate for, to work with, and to speak in the names of those who have never dreamed, or whose dreams have died. For as our faith teaches us, we belong to each other.”
Sister Sally Marsh, a native of North Adams, Mass., taught at Our Lady of Hope and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart schools in Springfield, and the Consolidated Catholic Schools in Pittsfield. She ministered at the House of Prayer in Gloucester and was an instructor at Elms College. She is also an author and song writer and lives in Framingham.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Sister Mary Quinn is a former president of the Sisters of St. Joseph and taught at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Springfield and St. Joseph Central High School, Pittsfield. She worked for several years as the coordinator for restorative justice programs in the Hampden County Sheriff’s department and is now program coordinator for the Out of County Reentry Services at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee and at the Western Mass Correctional Addiction Center in Holyoke.
A native of Springfield, Mass., Sister Joan Ryzewicz taught at Immaculate Conception School in Easthampton and St. Mary’s Jr. Sr. Regional High School in Milford, Mass. She served as a consultant for the Office of Religious Education and the Office of Pastoral Ministry for the Springfield Diocese and was pastoral minster at St. Jerome Parish, Holyoke. Currently she serves as the director of Resident Programs at Providence Place Retirement Community in Holyoke.
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