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Holy Angels Parish, Globe, Arizona, Celebrate 100 Years

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13/02/2018

Holy Angels Parish Church, Globe, Arizona

Four pioneering Presentation Sisters went to Holy Angels Parish, Globe, Arizona in 1956 from Crosshaven, Co Cork, Ireland at the invitation of the associate pastor, Fr Pat Callanan. The school opened in temporary quarters with three grades but grew at the rate of a grade a year. Crosshaven showed admirable missionary zeal in sending Sisters to staff the new grades as needed, so that by 1961 the community numbered nine Sisters. Hundreds of children availed of Catholic education and the other parish ministries provided by the Sisters until 2010.

Sister Breda Christopher, PBVM attended the Centennial Celebration of the Launching Celebration for the 100th Year Dedication of the Holy Angels Parish Church on September 29, 2017 and shared her reflection of the experience. 

Sr Breda Commented“It was indeed a wonderful evening of celebration which began with a beautiful liturgy with Bishop Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson presiding, accompanied by twelve priests, among them some former pastors of Holy Angels. During his homily the Bishop paid special tribute to all of the Presentation Sisters who ministered at Holy Angels for almost 50 years.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pastor, Fr Arnold, also thanked all of the Presentation Sisters and to her amazement asked her to stand (even though she had never met him!). He obviously had done some research. Mentioning the years during which she served in Globe he thanked her for her years at Holy Angels School and for the years she served as a Parish Sister when she established a Faith Formation Program from Kindergarten to Adult which included an active Youth Group and RCIA. Sr Breda received a standing ovation with the bishop and clergy joining in the applause. She felt that all Sisters were included in their loud expression of gratitude.

Where one is we all are!

The celebration continued in the Parish Hall with an abundance of food, great music and great exchanges as many shared about their families.

Please click here to read about how the first Presentation Sisters came to Globe and the stories of Srs Consillio O’Keeffe and Agnes Walsh who spent many wonderful years teaching and ministering here. 

Submitted by: Sr Breda Christopher, PBVM 

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