Dear Friends in Christ,
Blessed Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception as we honor Our Mother Mary! We celebrate her life and vocation, knowing that she was conceived without original sin, preserved from sin from the moment of her conception, redeemed at the first moment of her life so that she could fulfill her vocation as the Mother of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ. She is the Patroness of North America, and this high Feast is celebrated as a Solemnity.
Today is a great Feast Day for the Church in Phoenix as its Cathedral School praised God.
This morning, I attended a beautiful Mass for this Solemnity celebrated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral with the Loreto Sisters, the faculty, staff and students of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School. Today, the renovated Cathedral School was dedicated (blessed) by Bishop Olmsted immediately following the Mass. We were lead by a bagpiper through the renovated entrance of the School from the Cathedral to the new Mary Ward Center for the blessing with Religious, Priests, teachers, students, School Board members, benefactors and Diocesan representation. The Celtic Cross and the bell welcomed us, and after the dedication and the cutting of the ribbon, Bishop Olmsted rang the bell. What a great day it is for the Cathedral and their Sisters!
My time is up, but I am very grateful to God to be able to share the joy of this Solemnity!
God bless you. May Our Mother Mary, intercede for us to love purely and perfectly.
With prayers, I am
Sister Anthony Mary Diago, RSM
Director of the Office of Consecrated Life