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Jubilee

INTRODUCTION
 
By Sister Mary Beverly, HSM

On August 15, 2017, I will be celebrating the 50th Jubilee of my consecration to the Lord.

When I told this news last fall to Bishop Peter Christensen, Bishop of Boise, he eagerly said, “I will come and offer Mass for you!”

I said, “You can’t come that day.”

He looked crest-fallen and asked, “Why not?”

“Because on August 15 for the last 100 years, every Bishop of Boise has gone to the Cataldo Mission to offer Mass for the Coeur d’Alene tribe during their annual pilgrimage there,” I answered.

“Oh yes, that’s right. You know my schedule better than I do,” said our humble Bishop.

When I then offered to have him come on another day, Bishop finally brightened up. It is so sweet of him and meaningful for me that he wants to come help me celebrate properly. The date is now set for August 23, 2017.

I became a novice on August 15, 1967. It is our community custom to begin counting years of religious life from that time on. However, since I actually entered the community in 1966, I have been privately celebrating 50 years since last year! My 50 years of consecrated life includes being a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon and then a canonical hermit of the Diocese of Boise. Bishop Sylvester W. Treinen, Bishop of Boise, accepted my hermit vows on July 13, 1988.

I have lived in Idaho for almost 36 years now, so my consecration to the Lord has mainly been as a Hermit Sister of Mary at Marymount Hermitage in Mesa, Idaho. The theme of the Jubilee celebration is “Rejoicing in God’s Faithfulness”.

When Bishop Christensen and I agreed on his coming for my 50th Jubilee celebration, we had thought that he could also bless the new library then. However, with the abundant snow, weather-related construction delays might mean that the new building is not completed by August 23. Considering how long it might take to have the library finished, furnished and functional, I have asked our Bishop to bless Mercy House next year. The date for that event is still pending.

All are welcome the help me celebrate my 50th Jubilee. What follows below are some guidelines to help you plan your attendance. Please contact me by email or phone, if you have questions or concerns which I can answer. Please pray for me as I do for you. God bless you!

This photo of me (Sister M. Beverly) and Bishop Peter Christensen is historic in two ways.  It is the first photo of us together and it includes in the background a photo our founding bishop, Bishop Sylvester W. Treinen pictured with Pope Paul VI, seen at the viewer's left.  Photo by the then editor of the Idaho Catholic Register, Michael Brown, in May, 2015.


  GENERAL INFORMATION FOR GUESTS:


1. August 23 replaces the date Oct. 25 which was previously announced in the December, 2016 post card and December newsletter. This change was requested by Bishop Peter F. Christensen.

2. There will be no blessing of the new library until 2018. Date to be announced later.

3. There will be no reception after the Jubilee Mass; no gifts please.

4. If you would like to offer something to Sister M. Beverly, you can write her a card, promise personal prayers, have a Mass offered for her and her intentions, and/or make a donation to Marymount Hermitage. Funds are still needed to furnish Mercy House.

5. Every effort will be made to accommodate people inside chapel for the Mass. If this becomes impossible, please plan for being outside in August. Bring a sun hat, lawn chair and bottled water.

6. Available bathrooms for public use will be in the chapel, in the nearest hermitage to the chapel, and the guest bathroom in Sister M. Beverly’s house. With the snow this winter, construction of Mercy House might not be complete. If it is, there will be two new bathrooms in the building which will be open for guests. Knights of Columbus will be available to answer your questions regarding hospitality while at Marymount Hermitage.

7. The Boise area Knights of Columbus will be offering a valet parking service.

8. The chapel at Marymount Hermitage is not air-conditioned.  In your kindness, please pray for moderate summer temperatures on August 23.  Those who are sensitive to heat should be forewarned that August temperatures can easily be over 100 degrees at Mesa.

 

INFORMATION FOR PRIESTS:


1. Visiting Catholic priests are welcome to concelebrate with Bishop Christensen.

2. Please bring an alb and white stole.

3. Priests can vest in the sacristy or the guest bathroom of Sister M. Beverly’s house. Find the bathroom by going through the hallway (at the back of chapel) and entering the house. The guest bathroom is immediately to the right.

 

INFORMATION FOR KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS:

John Pettinger from Sacred Heart parish is Boise, ID is coordinating the presence and service of the KC’s for Sister M. Beverly’s 50th Jubilee celebration.  Knights, please contact John if you are interested in attending or have questions about the event:
    John Pettinger
    Knights of Columbus
    District Master
    Mobile # 208.830.0536


1. Knights, please plan to arrive at Marymount Hermitage between 12:30 PM and 1 PM, if possible.

2. Duties before Mass will include arranging furniture in chapel, hosting guests as ushers, and providing valet parking service.

3. Knights can use the reconciliation room in chapel for vesting before Mass. As you enter the front door of chapel, the confessional is immediately to the right.

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO MARYMOUNT HERMITAGE:


From the NORTH:

1. Traveling south on State Highway 95, after you pass through Council, Idaho, find mile marker #129. This occurs just as you cross the bridge of the Middle Fork of the Weiser River.

2. Travel 1/2 mile south from the mile post to the top of Mesa hill.

3. Turn right onto Hermitage Lane which crosses a cattle guard and ascends a small hill. There is no sign at the highway and this is a blind turn. Be careful of traffic behind you!

4. A small sign to the left of the cattle guard indicates that this is Hermitage Lane.

5. Drive in about 1/2 mile and park in front of chapel.

6. The Knights of Columbus will offer you valet parking service.

From the SOUTH:

1. Traveling north on State Highway 95, after you pass through Cambridge, Idaho, find mile marker #128. This occurs just after you see the Mesa highway sign. Do not turn yet!

2. Travel 1/2 mile north from the mile post to the top of Mesa hill.

3. Turn left onto Hermitage Lane which crosses a cattle guard and ascends a small hill. There is no sign at the highway and this is a blind turn. Be careful of traffic behind you!

4. A small sign to the left of the cattle guard indicates that this is Hermitage Lane.

5. Drive in about 1/2 mile and park in front of chapel.

6. The Knights of Columbus will offer you valet parking service.

 

OVERNIGHT LODGING:

1. The available rooms at Marymount Hermitage are currently booked by a visiting priest from New Mexico and by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon from Beaverton, Oregon.

2. Frontier Motel in Cambridge, Idaho will give a 10% discount to Jubilee guests from August 22-24, 2017. Call Rebecca at 208.257.4000 to make reservations. Mention that you are attending Sister Beverly’s 50th Jubilee to be eligible for the discount. Frontier Motel is located right along Highway 95 in Cambridge and is easy to locate.

3. There is no motel in Council, Idaho. There are motels in McCall, Idaho, north of Marymount about an hour and in Weiser, Idaho, south of Marymount about an hour.

 



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