By Sister Therese Maria
On Saturday May 28th, over 100 people came together at St. Anthony of the Desert Maronite Church in Fall River to attend the joyful celebration of Mother Marla Marie's 25th Jubilee of religious consecration. Mother Marla Marie’s family, including her father, Lucas J. Lucas, and her two brothers John Lucas and Michael Lucas, and clergy, religious and friends from various places attended the Divine Liturgy and reception.
Bishop Gregory J. Mansour offered the Divine Liturgy, concelebrated by Chorbishop Michael Thomas, Chorbishop Joseph Kaddo, Fr. James Root, Fr. Rudy Gonzalez and Fr. David Desimone. (See the photo collage.)
The Divine Liturgy was followed by a reception dinner in the parish hall beautifully organized by Mrs. Therese Abouzied and Mrs. Rosanne Solomon, members of Our Lady of the Cedars in Boston. They have been great friends and supporters of our mission. We thank them dearly for all the sacrifices they made and their genuine love in organizing this successful event!
The lively program at the reception included a lineup of speeches given by close friends of Mother Marla Marie. Each personalized speech and presentation brought out the unique qualities of Mother, and the special witness of Christ she has given in living out her religious life.
We thank God for you, Mother Marla Marie and ask God’s continued blessing on your Maronite Servant mission!