Wow!  This is what I find myself saying today as we celebrate with our dear Sister Mary Clarone her 80th jubilee of profession.  That’s right, I said 80!  Eighty years of commitment to a vocation as a Sister of Notre Dame!  Wow!

Sister Mary Clarone has done some pretty amazing things over these 80 years, but I am most grateful for her generous and faithful response to a call that God planted deep in her heart so many years ago.  Our celebration today is more about who she is and who God is than what she has done.  She lives so well our charism of a deep experience of God’s goodness and provident care.  She could not have known 80 years ago where her response would take her, but she did know and trust that God would be with her every step of the way.

So, today we celebrate with you, Sister Mary Clarone and rejoice in your life that proclaims “God is good. God is very, very good!”

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  1. Teri on January 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Wow is right! She is the sweetest woman with a deep devotion to God and serving others. I am proud to know her.

  2. Jim Richard on January 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Congratulations! At age 90, I pray each day to the Notre Dame nuns who taught me at Bellevue Immaculate Conception in the early 1930s!

    • Sr. Marilyn Marie on January 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Jim! We count on people like you to help share our spirit.

  3. Sr. Joanne Mary on January 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Sister Mary Clarone, you are truly amazing!! Your steadfast life of love for God remains an inspiration to so many of us, as has your generous, very capable service to God’s people over these many years. You are still so sharp mentally—and your handwriting is as impeccable as ever! God has been so good to you and you have lived in the spirit of that goodness well. Thank you so much, Sister!!!

  4. Sr. Pat McClain on January 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Sr. Clarone has left a indelible gentle mark on our entire Province and Congregation. She has incarnated the love of our Good and Gracious God. Her prayerful wisdom, love and forward thinking has helped many of us throughout our years. Had it not been for Sr. Clarone I do not know if I would have made it through my first Theology classes. She believed in me when I didn’t. She brought the best out of each Sister and celebrated the good in each Sister.

    The world is a better place because Sr. Clarone has been a Sister of Notre Dame for 80 years. Happy Jubilee, Sister. I will forever be one of your grateful Younger Sisters.

  5. Sr. Susan Kusz on January 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Sr. Mary Clarone, how wonderful it is that today we celebrate YOU and our faithful and Loving God together! Thanks for the ways you have been such a wonderful support to all of us. Thanks for your prayer for us. Lots has been mentioned about you in these posts … I add one thing: your delightful little sense of humor! I still remember when you pantomimed the Cherubim and Seraphim in theology class about 35 years ago! You surely made class come alive!