Blessed Sacrament sisters celebrate 60 years in Pueblo

Bishop Stephen Berg was the main celebrant at a Mass on June 25 at St. Mary Help of Christians in Pueblo  to honor the 60th anniversary of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament. Seven priests concelebrated.

Also in attendance were Sr. Josephine Roney from Waterville, Maine representing the American sisters, Sr. Maria Fe, provincial superior and Sr. Maria Catherine who came from the Philippines for the occasion.

 The foundation in Pueblo was started by the American sisters in 1956 and continued by the Filipina sisters in 2009, but the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament were formed long before coming to Pueblo. The congregation was founded by St. Peter Julian Eymard on July 31,1859, in Angers, France. The Congregation is centered on the person of Christ in the fullness of the Eucharistic Mystery and wholly dedicated to his love and glory. The celebration of the Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Hours, and Eucharistic adoration give form to its mission of prayer.

The sisters presence can be strongly felt today as they continue to carry on the mission of their congregation. The main ministry of the sisters is the daily adoration program at St. Mary’s. Many lay people assist them in this mission. They also serve in many other roles at the parish such as serving as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and lectors, maintaining care of the altar, altar linens and church decorations, leading the rosary at a local nursing facility once a week, bringing communion to the homebound and nursing homes and joining the Filipino community rosary group at their prayer meetings