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Jubilarians rejoice in service to the church

Josephite Father Chuck Andrus delivered the homily at the annual archdiocesan Jubilarian Mass April 10 at St. Rita Church in New Orleans.

The Mass honored priests, deacons and religious sisters and brothers for their long-time ministry in the church. Celebrating his 40th anniversary of ordination, Father Andrus, pastor of Blessed Sacrament-St. Joan of Arc Parish, said he was “called to service” through the death of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968. “I remembered his words: ‘If a man is not willing to die for something, he’s not fit to live,’” Father Andrus said. “Jesus puts it this way: ‘Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat.’”

At right, Sister of the Holy Family Sylvia Thibodeaux, a 60-year jubilarian, said the seeds of her vocation were planted by “the simple faith of my parents,” who led their children in the daily recitation of the rosary “on our knees in French” and brought them to confession every Saturday. Sister Sylvia also recognized Sister of the Holy Family Frances Cabrini Turnbull, a 70-year jubilarian, who taught her in school.    

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