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Sisters of Mercy jubilarians

Sisters of Mercy in Vermont celebrating Jubilees are Sister Jane Frances Matte (seated), a 75th jubilarian, and (standing, from left) Sister Jean Marie LaFreniere, a 60th jubilarian; Sister Germaine Compagna, a 75th jubilarian; Sister Lucille MacDonald, a 60th jubilarian; and Sister Gertrude Myrick, a 70th jubilarian. (Photo by Sister of Mercy Marianne Read) Sisters of Mercy in Vermont celebrating Jubilees are Sister Jane Frances Matte (seated), a 75th jubilarian, and (standing, from left) Sister Jean Marie LaFreniere, a 60th jubilarian; Sister Germaine Compagna, a 75th jubilarian; Sister Lucille MacDonald, a 60th jubilarian; and Sister Gertrude Myrick, a 70th jubilarian.
The Sisters of Mercy – Northeast Community celebrated jubilees for five sisters in Vermont who, collectively, have provided nearly 350 years of service to the Green Mountain State.
 
A special liturgy at the Mount St. Mary Convent chapel in Burlington honored the jubilarian sisters on Sept. 24. After Mass, a celebratory luncheon took place at the convent for Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associates.
 
Vermont’s jubilarian have brought the works of Mercy to schools and parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, social service agencies and food pantries throughout the state.
 
Today, they work, volunteer, pray for people in need and advocate for social justice. Their advocacy work includes participating in rallies and vigils, working for change on behalf of women, the climate and immigrants, and seeking an end to racism and violence.
 
The Vermont Sisters of Mercy marking jubilees are:
 
75th jubilarians
Sister Germaine Compagna, 94, is the founder of a hospitality ministry at Mount St. Mary Convent, which serves women who have family members in treatment at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She also serves in prayer ministry.
 
 
Sister Jane Frances Matte, 95, is a former teacher who brought Communion to people at the medical center and a local nursing home. She now serves in prayer ministry.
 
70th jubilarian
Sister Gertrude Myrick worked as an administrator at the former Trinity College in Burlington; she also served in community leadership and as community archivist. She now volunteers and serves in prayer ministry.
 
60th jubilarians
Sister Jean Marie LaFreniere taught at Mater Christi School for 32 years and now serves in prayer ministry.
 
Sister Lucille MacDonald oversees the needs of the Vermont sisters as local coordinator. She ministered in rural Maine for 34 years, serving those who are homeless and struggling by providing emergency shelters, services and housing.
 
 
In memoriam
The Sisters of Mercy in Vermont remembered Sister Claire Boissy, a 60th jubilarian, who died on Aug. 4. She served at the Institute for Spiritual Development and taught at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.
  
The religious community extends its gratitude to the jubilarians for their dedicated service as Sisters of Mercy. They are part of a larger jubilarian celebration in the Northeast Community, where 91 sisters with more than 5,900 total years of service are being recognized in a yearlong celebration.
 
About the Sisters of Mercy
 
In Vermont, the Sisters of Mercy sponsor Mater Christi School and Mercy Connections in Burlington and Mercy Farm in Benson. Sisters in the state have long been active in education and social justice.
 
The Sisters of Mercy—an international community of Roman Catholic women—dedicate their lives to God through vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service.  For more than 180 years, motivated by the Gospel of Jesus and inspired by the spirit of their founder, Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy have responded to the continually changing needs of the times.
 
Through prayer and service, the sisters address the causes and effects of violence, racism, degradation of Earth and injustice to women and immigrants. The sisters sponsor and serve in more than 200 organizations that work with those in need in the United States, Central and South America, Jamaica, Guam and the Philippines.

Visit the jubilarian website (sistersofmercy.org/northeast/northeast-2017-jubilarians)
to see profiles of these sisters and write a congratulatory message.



 
 
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