Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life at St. John's

Students, faculty and parishioners gathered for a very special all-school Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church to honor the community's three religious sisters during the Year of Consecrated Life, declared by Pope Francis to be celebrated throughout the world for one year. Sisters Tresa Margret, Mary Noel and Navya came to the parish in Vermillion beginning in 1994 under pastor Fr. Joseph Arackal to become an integral part of the preschool through grade 6 rural school leadership, classroom teaching, faith formation and sacrament preparation, in additional to other pastoral care ministries of the parish. The sisters represent more than 100 years of combined religious life. They are members of the Franciscan Clarist Community in Kerala, India, motherhouse to more than 7,000 women serving in countries all over the globe in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, universities, hospitals and clinics, orphanages, rehabilitation centers, nursing schools, boarding schools, social services centers, preschools and mental hospitals. Their charism is the pursuit of perfect charity in union with the love of Jesus who emptied Himself for us, sharing daily in His poverty, humility, suffering, and self-emptying. 

In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life be celebrated throughout the world from the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014 until the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.

Pastor Father Stan Mader says a special blessing over the three religious sisters at a special all-school mass to honor their work in the school and parish during the Year of Consecrated Life.

Students representing all grades at St John's Catholic School flood the religious sisters with gifts, handmade cards and spiritual bouquets in thanksgiving for their continued work in the Vermillion parish and school.