Sixteen sisters, representing 10 religious orders, gathered Saturday, Sept. 17 for Sisters Appreciation Day at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh.
The annual event gathers sisters serving in the diocese for Mass, a conversation with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and a special luncheon.
"I love coming to this Mass because I can feel the support of all the other sisters and I can be a support for them as well,” Sister Brigid Dunne, S.S.L., said. “I enjoy the liturgy and being able to celebrate Mass together."
Sister Teresa Marry, S.S.L., echoed a similar sentiment. "It means so much to me to feel the support from one another. It is a day that strengthens and celebrates our consecrated life that we seek to live out on a daily basis," she said.
During the homily, Bishop Burbidge talked about how Pope Francis has often used the word, “accompany” this year. In consecrated life, Bishop Burbidge said, it is important to accompany one another during the good times as well as the hard times, while fulfilling the mission to accompany others and lead them on their faith journey.
Monsignor Jerry Sherba and Father John Forbes concelebrated the Mass.