IHM CommunityIt happens once a year — the greatest party ever! At the end of every July my nuns get together to celebrate Jubilee, that is, milestone anniversaries of becoming an IHM Sister. Here’s more one what the Jubilee mass is like and a little Jubilee video I took a couple years ago on Jubilee. The video features a chance encounter with a Jubilarian that year, Sister Anita.

I still have a ways to go before I hit the big milestone of 25 years but with the entire IHM Community of sisters, associates, and friends, I celebrate another awesome year of IHM and of being a sister. I continue to give thanks for the most unexpected gift of being a Catholic sister. It wasn’t exactly something I was looking for, and it just so happened that by the grace of God, religious life found me.

This week as we gear up for being with one another in community, prayer, and celebration, I think about the women who with me have been friends, racquetball partners, co-ministers, Habitat for Humanity crew members, mentors, theological explorers, and more. I give thanks for all of my sisters all the way back to our founders, Mother Theresa Maxis Duchemin and Father Louis Florent Gillet.

In what ways have you celebrated Jubilee in a religious community or marked special milestone anniversaries in your own life?