On November 1, 2007, we had the wonderful privilege to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of our Sister María de la Consolación. Sister Consolación was born in Villa Jimenez, Michoacán, Mexico, in 1939. She joined the community of Capuchin Poor Clares in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1955 and made her first profession on November 1, 1957. She belongs to the original group of Poor Clares who came to Denver to establish Our Lady of Light Monastery in November 1988. The main celebrant was Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. He encouraged Sister to continue her religious way of life.
In his homily, the Archbishop said he saw Sister Maria’s life reflected in the liturgy’s first Scripture reading from the Book of Revelation “‘Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?’” the Archbishop read, “’These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’ What does this mean? In your life Sister, it means your fidelity during these 50 years — persistent fidelity that reminds us to be faithful without limits.” At the end of his homily, Archbishop Chaput emphasized that God has invited all to be holy. “The Second Vatican Council reminded us of the universal call to holiness.”
“I am most grateful to God for all the blessings in my life” Sister Maria said, “I am grateful for my community, for the support given to me throughout all these years and for all our friends and benefactors who help us live our special vocation in the Archdiocese of Denver.”
We had the opportunity to enjoy the company of our benefactors and friends at the reception in our garden.