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Sister Josetta honored for 60th Jubilee

Sister Josetta honored for 60th Jubilee - (09-10-2017)

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PHOTO: Sister Joan Ridley, OSB (left), superior of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Tucson, Arizona, assists Sister Josetta Grant, OSB in the renewal of her monastic vows during her recent 60th Jubilee.

The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration celebrated the 60th Jubilee of monastic profession of Sister Josetta Grant, OSB at their Tucson, Arizona, monastery.

She renewed her vows at Mass and was later honored during a festive meal with guests.

Sister Josetta, a Kansas native, attended services at the Benedictine Sisters’ motherhouse chapel in Clyde, Mo., with her family as a young child. Fond memories stretch back before she even understood what it meant to be called to religious life.

“I had never witnessed anything so beautiful until attending their services,” she said. “I knew I wanted to be a part of it.”

Equally drawn to the Sisters’ devotion to the Eucharist, she bid her family and the secular life goodbye and entered monastic life before graduating high school. She made her first monastic profession on Oct. 5, 1957.

Throughout the decades, she has served as prioress and superior of several of the Congregation’s communities and is now home at the Tucson monastery.

They live according to the Rule of St. Benedict, which states “idleness is the enemy of the soul” and includes an emphasis on work. 

“I have been enriched by the lives of the people who have visited our monasteries throughout the years,” she said. “I have worked with some very holy Sisters and have been blessed by each of them.”

While Sister Josetta admits she didn’t know much about monastic life before entering all those years ago, she holds no doubt in her heart that God called her for a reason.

“This is a wonderful life, challenging and not always easy,” Sister Josetta said. “But our life of prayer and adoration is a wonderful ministry to the Church.”