Sisters of the Holy Family celebrate jubilees

Eleven Sisters of the Holy Family will celebrate anniversaries of their years of service June 8 at a 10 a.m. Eucharistic celebration at St. Maria Goretti Church, 7300 Crowder Blvd., New Orleans. A reception will follow in the parish at the Msgr. Gauthreaux Parish Hall. RSVP at 241-3088.

Celebrating 75 years

Sister M. de Ricci Egby, born and reared in Houston, Texas, entered from Our Mother of Mercy parish in Houston where she witnessed the work of the Sisters of the Holy Family in the parish. Sister has served in early childhood and elementary education in Louisiana, Texas and California for 75 years. Her teaching assignments in Louisiana began in 1946 in Bastrop, and continued in Breaux Bridge, Madisonville, Covington, Belleview, Reserve and Donaldsonville. She also taught in Ames, Texas. In 1962, she began ministry in New Orleans at St. Mary’s Academy, St. Paul the Apostle Elementary, St. John Berchmans Center and Lafon Nursing Facility and retired to the motherhouse in New Orleans. Since 2018, Sister has been a resident at Lafon Nursing Facility.

Celebrating 70 years

Sister Doris Goudeaux was born in Goudeau, Louisiana, and reared in Port Arthur, Texas.  She entered the Sisters of the Holy Family from Sacred Heart Parish, in Port Arthur. The Congregation of Sisters of the Holy Family was Sister Doris’ first choice of the three religious communities she could have entered in 1949. She has ministered in education on the high school level and in administration and was director of the Venerable Henriette Delille Commission Office where she dedicated herself to promoting the cause of the canonization of Venerable Mother Henriette Delille, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family. She advises to “spend as much time as possible to make and keep Jesus as a best friend and confidant.”

Sister Charlotte Rubit was born in Cankton, Louisiana, where she attended St. John Berchmans Catholic Church. She was inspired by her family’s devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and followed in the footsteps of her sister, Sister Luke Rubit, to become a Sister of the Holy Family. She was an elementary school teacher and administrator and junior high teacher in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. She also worked as a community development director, and a spiritual director where she accompanied travelers on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Medjugorje, Rome, Fatima and Lourdes. She also was a Divine Mercy Sunday organizer. She says her love of God and continued service to God through her community energizes her.

Sister Josita Marie Ogaldez was born and reared in Dangriga, Belize, where she attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Her parents planted the seed of love of God and taught her to pray. “The example and prayers of the Sisters of the Holy Family inspired me as they taught me in elementary school in Dangriga,” she said.  She also was influenced by her cousin, Sister of the Holy Family Edmond Ogaldez. Sister Josita has served in teaching and church ministry as a catechist, in liturgical dancing, youth ministry and promoting Venerable Henriette Delille’s cause. She is a member of the St. Raymond and St. Leo the Great Catholic Church choir and has been active in Bible studies, elder programs at Xavier University of Louisiana and taught at Lafon and St. John Berchmans Child Development centers. Currently, at 92, she ministers to Lafon Nursing Facility residents of the Holy Family. Her energy and inspiration come from her belief and love of God, her prayer life and a continued willingness to serve God’s people. She sends out the message to others to love God and pray to him for guidance in discerning a life of service.

Celebrating 60 years

Sister Hortensia Maria Flowers was born and reared in Belize City, Belize, and entered from Holy Redeemer Parish in Belize City. Since second grade, she was drawn to religious life. When she learned of the Sisters of the Holy Family from New Orleans, she made the decision to enter their community. She was an elementary and high school teacher, a vice principal and principal on the elementary level and has cared for the elderly at Lafon Nursing Facility. She is currently living at the motherhouse and assists in serving meals to the homeless and needy and is “inspired by God’s goodness and mercy and the words of the hymn, ‘One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus.’”

Sister Joan Flores of Belize was taught by the Sisters of the Holy Family at Austin High School. Since entering, she has taught on the elementary and high school levels in the U.S. and Belize and has been local leader and ministers to the sick and elderly sisters at the motherhouse as a nursing assistant. The message Sister Joan offers is to never give up, but “trust God, trust Jesus and his mother, Mary, to see you through any struggle or problem in your life.”

Sister Frances Therese Remi was born and raised in Opelousas and entered the convent from Holy Ghost Parish. She said the Sisters of the Holy Family who taught at Holy Ghost School, and her family, both motivated her to be a nun. She served in the education ministry on the elementary level in Lafayette, Opelousas, Alexandria and New Orleans; and Houston and San Antonio, Texas.  Sister also served at St. John Berchmans Manor in New Orleans and is currently a resident of Lafon Nursing Facility where she continues to serve through prayer ministry and Mass that energizes her.

Sister Sarah Cecile James was born in Mansura, Louisiana, and was a parishioner at Our Lady of Prompt Succor. She was taught by the Holy Ghost (Spirit) nuns where she spent time working at the convent and decided to become a nun ”to give her life in service to God.” She has served at Lafon and St. John Berchmans Child Development centers in New Orleans; St. Albert the Great Elementary School in Compton, California; early childhood education in Houston, Texas, and at inner city schools in Memphis, Tennessee. She gets inspiration from living community life and continues to work at renewing the spirit of service  that brought her to religious life.

Sister Veronica Ruth Lambey was born in Belize and was a member of Jesuit-operated Sacred Heart Parish. The Sisters of the Holy Family taught her from early childhood through high school. She lived next to the convent and was involved in many school and religious activities with the sisters.  She taught at St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans, Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette; in Tulsa, Oklahoma and did Biblical studies in Rome, Italy. Currently, she works with Edmundite Missions in Selma, Alabama. “Inspiration in my consecrated life comes from a strong commitment to my vocation which continues to refresh me in my ministry to God’s people,” Sister Veronica said.

Sister Rebecca Carlos Castillo was born in Livingston, Guatemala, and grew up in Stan Creek (Dangriga), Belize, where she entered from Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Having the Sisters of the Holy Family as teachers from first through eighth grades motivated her to enter religious life. She was a catechist, taught first through eighth grades and was principal and vice principal. Sister Rebecca said her prayer life gives her energy. Her message to others is that God gives us strength daily. Love him and love your neighbor through service to them.

Celebrating 50 years

Sister Alicia Christina Costa was born in New Orleans and entered the convent from St. Raymond Catholic Parish.  The Sisters of the Holy Family helped raise her from the age of 11. She taught math and religion at All Saints Elementary School in New Orleans; St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Baton Rouge; Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette; and St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans.  She also taught at Seton Hill University in Greenburg, Pennsylvania and Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans in the Division of Education and Educational Leadership. She is general treasurer of the Sisters of the Holy Family Leadership Team.  “The love of God energizes me to be faithful to His call.  His presence in my life moves me to serve.”

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