Franciscan Missionary Sisters celebrate 50 years of service in U.S.

The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus celebrated 50 years of service in the United States last weekend, at Infant Jesus Parish, St. Margaret Church in Woodbury Heights with the sisters and their former students in attendance.

Events on Saturday, June 25 included a 4 p.m. Mass, celebrated by Infant Jesus pastor, Father Joseph T. Szolack.

The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus were founded on Christmas Day, 1879, in Aquila, Italy by Barbara Micarelli, vowing to follow the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, and live the Gospel through simplicity, poverty, humility, and charity.

In response to Camden Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano’s invitation, the sisters arrived from Italy to begin their mission in the Camden Diocese in September 1961, serving in East Camden, Minotola, and Woodbury Heights. 14 sisters currently serve in the Diocese of Camden.

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