As things worked out in my sisters' and my life, my ordination anniversary and their wedding anniversaries are all five years apart. This year Mary and Otto Kaufman (couple on the right in the picture) are celebrating their 40th anniversary, Dorothy and Michael O'Toole (couple on the left) are celebrating their 30th anniversary, and I am celebrating my 35th anniversary of ordination. (I am also observing my 41st anniversary of Profession of Vows as a Franciscan this year.)
Yesterday afternoon, my sisters' families and I gathered for a Mass of Thanksgiving at the parish church where we grew up and where Dorothy teaches junior high social studies. All together we commemoration 105 years of sacramental life.
The families have grown over the years. Three of my nieces and one nephew are married. That leaves one niece and one nephew to go. I also have two great nieces and two great nephews so far.
Our parents died in 1984 and 2000, but the generations continue to flourish. Together we have many blessings to celebrate and for which to be thankful to the Lord.