Hawaii Vice Province Celebrates 75 Years

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Sisters and Ohana (lay associates) get together at the anniversary brunch at the Hale Koa Hotel on Waikiki.  Visit the photo gallery for more pictures of the celebration. 

The Vice Province of Hawaii celebrated 75 years of mission and ministry with the friends, partners and dear neighbors that have journeyed with them together.

The festivities began on August 24 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa with the liturgy of St. Joseph the Worker celebrated by Bishop Larry Silva of the Honolulu Diocese with Vicar General Gary Secor and many religious and diocesan con-celebrant priests and partners in ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Hawaii for many years. In traditional fashion, the congregation shared a whole roasted suckling pig at the reception that followed.

On August 25 an anniversary brunch was hosted in Waikiki at the Hale Koa Hotel for all CSJs, Ohana and selected family and friends. Sister Roselani Enomoto, chairperson for the 75th planning committee, was the emcee and began the event with the sound of firecrackers, a Chinese custom to announce something special.

The brunch was followed by a Graveside Prayer Service of Remembrances of all the departed sisters who were missioned in Hawaii over the last 75 years. Sisters and Ohana gathered at Diamond Head Memorial Park on Oahu to remember the wonderful sisters buried there, which includes sisters from the Hawaii Vice Province, and the Provinces of Los Angeles, St. Paul and St. Louis. Each participant was invited to bless the graves with holy water sprinkled by using the traditional stripped Hawaiian ti leaf, and leis of aloha were placed on the headstones before the start of the Memorial Service.

A farewell dinner party at Carondelet Center was enjoyed by all the visiting sisters. The evening was filled with regional cooking, music and song, as well as the customary Hawaiian “talk story” went around the living room and kitchen. Special gifts of aloha were given to each visiting sister as she departed from the Center, escorted by singing, “Aloha means farewell to you until we meet again!”

 Read about the anniversary in the Hawaii Catholic Herald.

 

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