Opening of Jubilee Year of 100th Anniversary of Victory Noll Sisters

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“Bendito sea Dios, Padre de Cristo Jesus nuestro Señor, que nos bendijo desde el cielo, en Cristo, con toda clase de bendiciones del cielo!” “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens.” These words of St. Paul to the Ephesians resound in our hearts today as we give praise to God for the innumerable blessings He has bestowed upon the Church these past 100 years through the life and ministry of the Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters. I am so happy to be here today to celebrate with you this Opening Mass of your Centennial Jubilee Year. We praise and thank God today and throughout this Jubilee Year for the beautiful witness of so many Victory Noll Sisters who have gone before us and we pray for them. And I praise and thank God for all of you who continue to bear witness to your love for the Lord through your lives of prayer or active ministry in the Church.

As you know, after early morning Mass on Aug. 3, 1922, Julia Doyle and Marie Benes bid farewell to Father John Sigstein and friends, including the Notre Dame Sisters, in Chicago to go to their first mission field in New Mexico. But before that early morning Mass and departure, they each went to confession and, in the confessional, pronounced their simple private vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They each said “I, Julia, or I, Marie, promise to Our Lord Jesus Christ, through Mary His Most Blessed Mother, Obedience, Chastity and Poverty in the Society of Missionary Catechists of Our Blessed Lady of Victory for a period of one year.” Three years later, they would make these vows publicly. Since that time, hundreds of young women who joined Sister Julia and Sister Marie, after their novitiate, would make that same profession of vows. After 1938, when the community obtained pontifical status, the sisters were able to take perpetual vows. In this Jubilee Year, we remember and give thanks to God for you and all the consecrated women of Victory Noll who have faithfully lived the consecrated life. You have been, and continue to be, a gift to the Church. Your consecrated life, lived after the example of our Blessed Mother, the first and most perfect disciple of the Lord, is a beautiful witness to Jesus, the chaste, poor and obedient One and to His Go