On Saturday, September 15th, Sister Joanne Marie Beirne, OP, celebrated her Golden Jubilee surrounded by her sisters in community, family, colleagues, students and friends. The uplifting music performed by the choir from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pompton Plains and the spirited homily offered by Sister Joanne Marie’s good friend, Father Ron Henery, OP, chaplain for the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Amityville, personalized the Mass. He noted that when Sister Joanne Marie entered into Dominican life on September 8, 1968, gasoline was $0.34 a gallon and getting into the movies to see “2001: A Space Odyssey” cost just $1.50! Father Ron spoke of Sister’s dedication to helping young people hear the voice of God and tending to those living on the margins.
Sister Patrice Werner, OP, Prioress, recognized Sister Joanne Marie for her service to the Church and the people of God and expressed the Congregation’s gratitude for Sister’s years of ministry and love. Sister Joanne Marie has spent fifty years calling attention to those who can become invisible: the poor, the vulnerable, the sick and elderly, the unemployed, the widowed.
Sister Joanne Marie, we know we won’t see a dozen eggs for $0.38 again, but we look forward to many more years of your ministry, Happy Golden Jubilee!