Sr. Mary Gowern, Pastoral Associate, announced her resignation to the community at all masses on the weekend of May 23-24, 2015 – The Feast of Pentecost. Her last weekend as our Pastoral Associate will be June 27-28, 2015. There will be a reception in her honor after all liturgies that weekend. She has served the community in this professional capacity for the past 11 years. We wish her well as she moves on to other ministries in the future. Below is the address she gave to the community on the Feast of Pentecost 2015.
On the Feast of Pentecost 2013, I celebrated my 50 Jubilee of Religious Life with you.
On this Feast of Pentecost 2015, I stand before you to say that I will be leaving Epiphany the end of June after 11 years of being your pastoral associate. It is a difficult decision but I do need what is called in biblical words “Sabbath time” by the ocean, time to rest, relax, and deepen my prayer life and discern what God is calling me to next. You know that nuns do not retire.
I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your many kindnesses to me over these years. I want to thank this community for your love and support. These 11 years are some of the best years of my life.
I am returning to the northeast, and I know I will not find an “Epiphany” there. I treasure the principles and values upon which this community was founded: full and active participation in the liturgy; full and active participation in social justice issues; lifelong learning and ecumenical cooperation with other faith communities. “Community” is a strong value here. I am grateful for this vision of our founding mothers and fathers. Keep that vision ever before you….pass it on to your children and grandchildren.