Sisters conclude centennial year of death of their foundress

Sisters conclude centennial year of death of their foundress

playpic-webStudents act in a play about Mother Mary Joseph, foundress of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus.

On Dec. 4, 2009, the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus celebrated the conclusion of the centennial of the death of their foundress, Mother Mary Joseph (Barbara Micarelli).

Micarelli was born in Sulmona on Dec. 3, 1845. At the age of 20 she fell gravely ill and was miraculously cured through the intercession of St. Joseph. With this healing she understood clearly that the will of God for her was to consecrate herself for the good of the poor, the orphans, the abandoned, and to become the spiritual mother of souls through the founding of an institute of sisters. This became a reality on Christmas Day, 1879 when the congregation was established.

To commemorate the closing of the centennial, students from St. Margaret School in Woodbury Heights and students from Guardian Angels in Gibbstown/Paulsboro presented a musical, written and produced by Sister Pepita Ontong, FMIJ entitled, “Mother Mary Joseph — A Woman of Faith and Love.”

The Franciscan Sisters staff both schools and worked together to make known the life and virtues of their foundress as well as the charism of the congregation.

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