Vicar General Sr. Angela Zehe warmly welcomes the sisters and all the guests who came to the celebration on May 14th. The celebration begins in the morning with the service. After a two-year Corona break, public celebrations can again take place in the Motherhouse. Five sisters look back on many years of profession.
101-year-old Sr. Andrea Winter is celebrating a very rare anniversary. She took her first vows 70 years ago. After the sermon, she speaks the words with a firm voice: “I, Sr. Andrea, reaffirm my devotion to you.” The others also say this sentence in front of the altar and Sr. Angela lights her candles from the Easter candle. Sr. Jakoba Ullrich and Sr. Josefine Zahn look back on 65 years of profession, Sr. Siglinde Voit thanks for 60 years of profession, and Superior General Sr. Rita-Maria Käß celebrates 40 years of profession. In the end, there is a commemoration of the sisters who had made the journey at the time and who had already been called home by God.
Canon Dr. Helmut Gabel celebrates the service and talks about the two passages from the Holy Scriptures that the sisters had chosen. The reading from the 1st Book of Kings is about the listening heart. In the story from the Gospel of John, we hear Jesus calling Mary Magdalene by name. "What have you not already heard in the course of your life", Helmut Gabel begins his sermon and reminds us of the services of the sisters in nursing and family care, in kindergarten, and in the leadership of the community. "Listening to the outside also requires listening to the inside," he says later, interpreting Solomon's request in the reading as follows: "Give me an inner sense of what I should listen to." It is so important to listen to the inside because God not only speaks to us on the outside but above all through the quiet voice of the heart. Helmut Gabel refers to Mary of Magdala in the Gospel. After the death of Jesus, many voices of sadness, resignation, and despair could certainly be heard inside her, from which she let Jesus pull her out when he said her name: Maria. She had a hearing, a touchable, a feeling heart. “I believe that you too, dear jubilarians, have a heart like that and hear the voice of Jesus again and again when he calls you by name and says:" You are precious and important to me. I was with you on good and bad days. I am with you in health and in sickness, in joy and in sadness, in life and in death. I am with you every day." “I believe that you too, dear jubilarians, have a heart like that and hear the voice of Jesus again and again when he calls you by name and says: You are precious and important to me. I was with you on good and bad days. I am with you in health and in sickness, in joy and in sadness, in life and in death. I am with you every day."
After the service, there is a standing reception in the courtyard on this sunny May Day. Sisters, acquaintances, and relatives congratulate the jubilees. The invited guests stay for lunch and some for coffee. The feast day ends with a solemn vespers in the Chapel of the Motherhouse.