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Members of religious communities, who are celebrating significant milestone anniversaries this year, joined Bishop James F. Checchio, center, for a Jubilee Luncheon June 22 at the Saint John Neumann Pastoral Center, Piscataway. At the start of the event, the bishop led a brief prayer service and thanked the attendees for their years in consecrated life and for their service to God’s people in the diocese. The celebratory gathering provided a unique opportunity for the religious brother and sisters to mingle and share some fond memories and stories of their life experiences with the bishop and each other. Posing with Bishop Checchio, from left: St. Joseph Sister Kathleen McGonigle (50 years); Sacred Heart Brother Ronald Cairns (65 years); Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Regina Karen McNeill (60 years); Mercy Sister Helen O’Donnell (75 years); Mercy Sister Yvonne Osborne (75 years); Christian Charity Sister Ruthann McGoldrick (50 years); Franciscan Sister Ann Casserly (65 years); Religious Teachers Filipinni Sister Mary Louise Shulas (50 years); and Felician Sister Aquinas Szott, diocesan Delegate for Religious, who coordinated the event. At the luncheon, but missing from the photo: Mercy Sister Monica Jacques (70 years) and Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Sister Elizabeth Lopatka (25 years). - Erin Friedlander photo  


Sister Marie Frank, a member of the Missionaries of Charity, prepares lunch in a soup kitchen run by her order in an apartment building in the South Bronx section of New York in this 2016 photo. World Day of the Poor, to be celebrated Nov. 19 this year, will focus on the apostle John’s call to love “not with words, but with deeds.” -CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz