CELEBRATE! Sr. Enda Ryan’s Platinum Jubilee, induction of lay Franciscan Associates

 “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life.” Psalm 27:4

FMM Provincial, Sr. Susan Thomas invites Sr. Enda to renew her vows of poverty, obedience and chastity.

I am one lucky Assuntarian! We made a week-long visit to family in Malaysia this week, almost on impulse, and with little planning. As always, a few days after our arrival from Honolulu, I contacted that force of nature, Sr. Enda Ryan FMM, my headmistress at Assunta Secondary School and a continuing powerful presence in my life, to see if we could visit her. And lo and behold, we learned that she was marking her platinum jubilee–the 70th anniversary of the profession of her vows as a Franciscan Missionary of Mary. And this milestone anniversary was going to be celebrated in conjunction with the induction of the first batch of lay Franciscan associates in Malaysia. The Mass marking both occasions was due to be celebrated in the intimacy of the small, beautiful, chapel at St. Francis Convent, next to Assunta Primary School, also my alma mater, where I was fortunate to receive my early years of schooling.

Fr. Michael Raymond OFM spoke of the need to “root and uproot,” to find “God-consciousness” wherever we are: in our marriage, in family, in community, in church. He spoke of the need for the laity to lead.

And so that is where we were blessed to find ourselves this sunny Saturday morning, just a day before our departure. The silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was followed by the Eucharist celebrated by Fr. Michael Raymond OFM Cap.

The voices lifted in prayer, scripture and song, reverberated in the small sacred space with its high ceilings. The Spirit felt very present in the palpable joy of the new lay associates, and in Sr. Enda’s renewal of vows made seven decades ago. Those vows of poverty, obedience, and chastity, embraced with fidelity and faith over a long and remarkably useful career have guided her as she shaped generations of students. Students like me, who remain forever grateful for the impact of lessons learned, and values imparted through a Franciscan education at Assunta Secondary School in Petaling Jaya.

Congratulations, Sr. Enda! And Ribuan Terima Kasih!

The first lay Franciscan Associates in Malaysia share their day of joy with Platinum Jubilarian, Sr. Enda Ryan FMM.

L to R: Assuntarian, Pat Lu, John Webster, Sr. Enda Ryan, Sr. “Always United” Letitsia, Assuntarian Dawn Morais Webster.

The Singing Nun led the celebrants in rousing renditions of the school song, and sang her thanks “Terima Kasih” in Malay. And the rafters rang with the joy of the day’s celebrations. One could feel the Spirit hovering.Note the improvised lei–a double string of jasmine for a touch of aloha.






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2 comments on “CELEBRATE! Sr. Enda Ryan’s Platinum Jubilee, induction of lay Franciscan Associates
  1. Herbert Morais says:

    Nice tribute to Sr Enda. She must have been thrilled to bits to see you for her celebration. My guess is that she must be in her late 80s? Safe travel back to Honolulu. Love, Achen

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. […] as a pragmatic living out of attentiveness to the needs of others. Dawn had her schooling with Franciscan nuns who remain an inspiration. Her blog at https://dawnmorais.com/category/i-blog/ is a small […]

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