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Religious Sisters Appreciation Day Celebrated

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On Saturday, September 26th, Religious Sisters from the Diocese of Raleigh met with the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, for worship, dialogue and appreciation. The meeting began with Mass celebrated by the Bishop at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Reverend Monsignor Girard M. Sherba, Diocesan Chancellor, was the concelebrant.

In his homily, the Bishop urged those present to “renew our commitment to walk, to follow and to journey with Jesus, fully aware that this can mean the road to Jerusalem, which is the road to Calvary. But we always go with the assurance that this journey will lead to glory, because of the One who suffered, died and was raised from the dead.”

Following Mass, the Bishop met with the Sisters met to express his appreciation for their service and to solicit their input regarding creative improvements in Diocesan ministry. Saturday’s event was the fourth of its kind since Bishop Burbidge’s installation. The Sisters expressed their own appreciation of the Bishop’s frequent expressions of the value he places on the role of consecrated Religious. “I think what struck all of us,” said Sister Rose Marie Adams, IHM, “was the Bishop’s willingness to listen, and his wonderful openness to our concerns and observations, and to our gratitude to be part of this Diocese.”