By Kenneth J. Gustin, Special to The Anchor

Warwick, R.I. — The area Holy Union Sisters gathered again for their annual Assembly for the first time in two years in Warwick, R.I., during the last week of July. 

Father Carlos Suarez from St. James & Immaculate Conception in Stoughton, sits with Msgr. John Perry from Our Lady of Victory and Our Lady of Assumption on Cape Cod and Sister Eileen Lavin, SUSC of Prosper at Fall River, who is celebrating 66 years of religious life. 

One of the highlights of the Assembly was the Jubilee Liturgy. Jubilarians from both 2020 and 2021 were honored and celebrated by Sisters, associates, and clergy, including several Sisters via Zoom. The 2020 jubilarians included: Sisters Laurette DeChamplain (80th), Antoinette Ouellette (75th), Jean Carpinelli (70th), Lorraine Boisvert (70th), Roberta Desjardins (70th), Rita Theresa Goulet (70th), Mary Jean Audette (65th) (RIP), Ann Boland (65th), Patricia Deasy (65th), Ann Kernan (65th), Eileen Lavin (65th), Beatrice Rogers (65th), Theresa Horvath (60th), Yvette Ladurantaye (60th), Alice Michael (60th), and Marie Baldi (50th). 

The 2021 Jubilarians were: Sisters Rita Beaudoin (75th), Marie Pauline Collette (75th), Beatrice Gerard (75th) (RIP), Louise Gabrielle Bourget (70th), Hannah Collins (70th), Mary Ellen Donohue (70th), Patricia Mulryan (70th), Therese Theroux (70th), Barbara Walsh (70th), Gretchen Marlatt (65th), Eileen Davey (60th), Christine Lacroix (60th), and Kathleen Corrigan (25th).

The congregation continues to be involved with initiatives and ministries such as Water with Blessings (bringing drinkable water to major parts of the world where it is unavailable); efforts to end Human Trafficking via its work with the United Nations and UNANIMA International; supporting communities of Sisters in Haiti and Cameroon with food centers, clinics, and schools; teaching English as a second language to adults and children; providing assistance to immigrants; counseling troubled youth; and incarcerated prisoners in New England and New York City, and others.

Sisters Jean Carpinelli, SUSC of Prosper at Fall River; Patricia Griffith, SUSC, of Holbrook, N.Y.; and Hannah Collins, SUSC of New York City.  These sisters are now retired, having ministered in New York, New England, and Maryland.

Finally, a new ministry is on offer to all who are open to embracing it: A Holy Union Podcast, tentatively named, “Called to Be…”. While still in its planning phase, this effort seeks to create recorded discussions between and among as many Sisters as possible about a wide variety of topics which align with their founding directives from their constitutions, “Our call is to be at the heart of the world, revealing God’s love.” Once the recordings are complete they will be published on a regular basis on all the major podcast platforms and can be listened to by the general public. These recordings will be preserved in the archives for future generations.

Kenneth J. Gustin is director of Mission Advancement & Communications for the Holy Union Sisters in Milton.