If we glimpse back a hundred years — to 1916 — a lot was going on! President Woodrow Wilson had narrowly defeated Charles E. Hughes and World War I was raging. Albert Einstein completed his formulation of a general theory of relativity. The U.S. population was 101,961,000. The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) was created and Claude Monet was painting his Water Lilies series. The cost of a loaf of bread was $.07, a stamp was $.02, coffee was about $.15 per pound and the average price of a house was $5,000.
In December of that year — one hundred years ago —
Sister Marie Cecile Iwetz SSJ
was born to Frank and Elizabeth Iwetz in East Orange, New Jersey. On Thursday, December 29, 2016, with much joy, pride and pleasure, Sister Marie was joined at Saint Joseph Villa by her family, friends, sisters and staff to celebrate 100 years, her
In the Villa auditorium, attractively decorated with flowers, balloons and cards, Sister Marie greeted her guests, thanking them for being with her on her special day. Marie shared, “I am so happy to be here with all of you and to tell you how much this means to me and how much I love being a Sister of Saint Joseph!”
Over the past 81 years Marie served in a variety of ministries: elementary school teacher, high school teacher, college librarian and minister to the sick and elderly. Since 2008 she has been a resident of Saint Joseph Villa.
Sister Anne Myers SSJ
, Congregational President, congratulated and thanked Sister Marie for her 81 years of faithful and loving service and presence to the people of God and for being a ‘beautiful person, inside and out.’
Happy Birthday Sister Marie Cecile — 100 years is certainly something to celebrate! May God continue to bless you with good health and happiness in your home at Saint Joseph Villa.