Sr Jean Mary CHN (Community of the Holy Name) and Sr Diana CHN led Sunday Vespers at Church on October 18th for a local celebration of 150 years of their community. We welcomed friends and parishioners to join the celebration.
Together we pray with thanksgiving for the work and prayer of CHN of past years, and we pray for the Community as the sisters face the changes of the future.
Here is an extract from Sr Jean’s homily at the celebration Vespers (the full text is here):
“During its 150 years of service and prayer the Community of the Holy Name has added to the number of those praying in the name of Jesus. We celebrate all those who have gone before us with thanksgiving to God for his guiding and his grace. We thank him for their steady and remarkable faithfulness, living, working and praying in more than 20 or 30 parishes in this country, in schools, hospitals, and chaplaincies both here and in Africa, praising him too for all those who supported and helped the sisters with their friendship and their work. We say thank you too for all of you here tonight to join us in this celebration, for your support and prayer.
I close with just one vital point. To live and work in the power of the Name of Jesus is the privilege of all Christian people. Let us encourage one another as we journey on, knowing that God is faithful and when in his grace we can live in trust and obedience then for us too the name of Jesus will be a Name of love and of power.”
(A history of the Community has been published for the anniversary and is available through Amazon)