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Edition No. 29   January 6, 2017
A Very Serving Christmas
On December 21st and 22nd, eight students from Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Rebecca Gutherman, the Campus Minister, joined our vocation team for prayer and service. The students assisted Kerry Rusak, from the Associates’ Office, and helped pack the new maxim cards for delivery.

On Thursday, December 22, 2016, they spent the day at St. Martin de Porres School in Philadelphia helping the children in the classrooms. The also assisted the teachers at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Show.
Sister Marie Cecile Iwetz SSJ
One Hundred Reasons to Celebrate
Pictured from left: Anna Louise Schuck SSJ, Joan Krukoski SSJ, Marie Cecile Iwetz SSJ and Mary Steffe SSJ    
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 milestone birthday !

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.
"Through profession we assume the responsibilities and rights of membership as Sisters of Saint Joseph. We promise to be faithful to our commitment to God and to order our lives in accord with the Constitutions, Directory, and living traditions of the Institute."
                                                                                — SSJ Constitutions #95

Editor, Sister Carole Pollock SSJ | 215.248.7269 | cpollock@ssjphila.org | http://ssjphila.org/new/