Last year, 2018 I started my celebration of Silver jubilee of the religious life from the Skype meeting with Sisters from my year. They gathered together in Olsztyn (Poland) with Sister Elena, Provincial Leader and Sister Joanna from Krakow, and Sr Maria Marcinik from Rome, our Novice Mistress. I talked with every Sister for a while, we laughed together and exchange some memories. It was a very emotional and uplifting time for me, 25 years pass by but we are in love with God.
In the community we celebrate my Silver Jubilee in 25 of April. Mass was celebrated by my friend and workmate Fr Marcelo. Silver decoration in my room, in the chapel and the dining room, delicious food – all the work of my Sisters made the day very special, warm and joyful.
As a province the 60 years of Sr Lois Ann and my Silver Jubilee of religious life we celebrated during our Annual Province Gathering in Baulkham Hills. This year our Mather General, Jana Zawieja and Sisters from General Administrations were present Sr Angela and Halina. Fr Paul celebrated the thanksgiving Holy Mass. Wishes, cakes, lunch and presents after Mass finished our celebration and Provincial meeting.When the days of the 25 years of my religious life, 22 years after my first vows and 16 years after my final vows came, I renewed my vows during the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ruben Elago at Blacktown Hospital in the presence of the volunteers of Eucharistic ministers on Friday 27 of July, and day after on Saturday in Plumpton 28 of July during the Mass celebrated by Fr Henryk Zasiura with few friends and Sisters from my community.
When I think about my life of following Jesus, I see it as a pilgrimage, as a way to move forward with Him. A pilgrimage, hiking and bushwalking are my beloved activities. Many years ago with my close friend we made a plan, that if it will be possible, for our Silver Jubilee we will do together the Camino pilgrimage in Europe. The Jubilee year come, we did not go. Maybe another time. Instead of the Europe Camino I went for the Aussie Camino organized by Luke Milles from Portland to Penola . With other 6 pilgrimage we followed the footsteps of Saint Mary MacKillop meditating about her faith and live. The way was challenging and beautiful at the same time. Walking throughout picturesque beaches, coastlands, countryside and during the walk building relationships with other pilgrimages, sharing faith, stories and thoughts were very enriching for my soul. Gratitude for my life, vocation, relationship with God was the main purpose in my Aussie pilgrimage. During the way I felt the connection with Australia in the meaning THIS IS MY LAND, THIS IS MY HOME. The pilgrimage finished yet memories are still alive. My heart is filled with thankfulness to my Provincial Leader Sister Lucyna and her Council for the jubilee gift – the Aussie Camino pilgrimage.
After pilgrimage in 14 of October I renewed my vows during the Holy Mass at Good Shepherd Parish in Plumpton. The Celebration with parishioners, people with whom we prayed in daily, weekly cycle was a very beautiful and very touching experience.I have to admit that after these 25 years of a religious life I have a great joy in my heart for many reasons. The most important for me is the answer for my prayers. One day I heard in my heart “I have always loved you. I could not stop enjoy being with you, watching you. You are precious in my eyes”. This voice and the message stay in my heart as the greatest gift of my Silver Jubilee year.
How unchangeable and reliable God is.
I am very grateful to my Sisters, family, friends and everyone who had and have a big impact for my spiritual grown for your prayers and every celebration during this special year and this past 25 years of my religious life in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. As my gratefulness I would like to quote the Psalm 23, which I have always consider as a Psalm of my life.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Sr M. Bogumiła Malikowska of Jesus the Good Shepherd