80 religious jubilarians celebrate combined 4,935 years of service to the Lord (PHOTOS)

Sr. Mary Cynthia Ann Machlik, CSSF, celebrating 65 years as a profession Felician Sister, carries a candle in procession during a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron honoring the service of vowed religious who are celebrating milestone jubilees on May 18 at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. (Photos by Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

DETROIT — From teaching the next generation of Catholics in schools to ministering to the sick and homeless in hospitals and shelters, today's professed religious serve a vital function in the life of the Church.

But perhaps no function is more important than the selfless commitment each vowed religious makes to honor Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

The “evangelical counsels,” or special vows each professed religious sister, brother and priest makes to practice poverty, chastity and obedience, guide the religious vocation and give life to the acts of selflessness with which they pour themselves out in the world. 

On Saturday, May 18, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron celebrated with 80 religious jubilarians in the Archdiocese of Detroit who are celebrating milestone anniversaries of their religious profession this year. The archbishop reminded them of their commitment to be faithful stewards of the Gospel — whether that commitment was 25, 50, 60, 70 or even 85 years ago. 

For their sacrifices and love, the Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit gives thanks for the following religious brothers, sisters and priests as they mark a combined 4,935 years of service to our Lord:

85 years

Sr. Charlotte Walby, IHM

80 years

Sr. Mary Anita Niemiec, CSSF
Sr. Mary Fidelis Szymkowiak, CSSF
Sr. Mary Luiza Wawrzyniak, CSSF

75 years

Sr. Catherine Broughton, IHM
Sr. Patricia Cassidy, IHM  
Sr. Alys Currier, IHM  
Sr. Marguerite Gibbs, IHM  
Sr. Mary Generose Kubesh, RSM  
Sr. Marjorie McFarland, IHM  
Sr. Antoinette McNamara, IHM
Sr. Remi Pauwels, IHM  
Sr. Jane Przygocki, SJ  
Sr. Mary Patricia Pyszynski, CSSF
Sr. Janet Sullivan, IHM  

70 years

Sr. Eunice Beaudin, SSJ-TOSF  
Sr. Margaret Canuelle, IHM
Bro. Robert Carnaghi, FSC  
Sr. Therese Kearney, IHM  
Sr. Mary Camille Kelley, RSM  
Sr. Mary Martinez Rozek, CSSF  
Sr. Grace Mary Olfs, IHM  
Sr. Mary Louise Putrow, OP  
Sr. Rita Mary Ruetz, RSM  
Sr. Mary Serra Szalaszewicz, CSSF  
Sr. Theresa Tenbusch, IHM  
Sr. Nancy Thompson, RSM  
Sr. Mary Eucharita Wisk, CSSF  
Sr. Mary Lois Wozniak, RSM †
Sr. Mary Joel Zobro, RSM

65 years

Sr. Mary Cynthia Ann Machlik, CSSF

60 years

Sr. Sean Eileen Allgeyer, OP  
Sr. Agnes Anderson, IHM  
Sr. Yvonne Bechard, CSJ  
Sr. Jean Booms, IHM  
Sr. Helen Marie Burns, RSM  
Sr. Angela Cerna-Plata, IHM
Fr. Keith Clark, OFM Cap.  
Sr. Matilda Cutura, FDC  
Sr. Delores DeBets, OP  
Sr. Margaret Farley, RSM
Sr. Rosanne Marie Glaza, CSSF  
Sr. Rose Graham, IHM  
Sr. Marie Rachel Guevara, OP
Fr. Jeremy Harrington, OFM  
Fr. Joseph Howe, OFM Cap.  
Sr. Margaret Hughes, IHM  
Sr. Nancy Marie Jamroz, CSSF  
Sr. Anne Marie LaHaie, RSM  
Sr. Patricia Lamb, RSM  
Sr. June Martin, OP  
Sr. Faye McFarlane, IHM  
Sr. Angela Therese Meram, IHM  
Sr. Mary Thomas Michalek, OP  
Sr. Frances Mlocek, IHM  
Sr. Lucinda Mroczek, SSJ-TOSF  
Sr. Emilie Petelin, OP  
Sr. Carol Quigley, IHM †
Sr. Nina Rodriguez, CSJ  
Sr. Diane Rondeau, RSM  
Sr. Marylyn Russ, IHM  
Sr. Mary Alexanne Rutecki, CSSF  
Sr. Arleen Marie Saroglia, RSM  
Sr. Mary Joan Schimian, SMR  
Sr. Nancy Lee Smith, IHM  
Sr. Margaret Sweeney, IHM  
Sr. Susan Van Baalen, OP  
Sr. Vincent Louise Wilcox, DC  

50 years

Sr. Veronica Blake, SMR  
Sr. Victoria Marie Indyk, CSSF
Fr. Larry LaCross, OFM Cap.  
Fr. Robert F. Schramm, OSFS  
Sr. Linda Sevcik, SM  
Sr. Mary de Porres Westrick, SND  

25 years

Sr. Patricia Dearbaugh, IHM  
Sr. Serafina Marie Dixon, CSSF  
Fr. Peter J. Etzel, SJ  
Fr. Alexander Kratz, OFM  
Sr. Barbara G. Stanbridge, IHM  
Sr. Michael Marie Schmidt, OP

Below are some photos from the special Mass celebrated May 18 at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.