October 8, 2000
DEDICATION OF ST. HENRY DE OSSO CHAPEL
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice!
Three years have passed since we first announced a plan to construct a
small chapel in honor of St. Henry de Osso, in Covington, LA. The idea,
then in the dreaming stage, was to provide a place for worship on the
grounds of the provincialate. People who had attended retreats, or other
activities related to their spiritual growth conducted at the Teresian
provincialate, were first in suggesting it and in encouraging the sisters
to pursue that noble endeavor. What at that time was only a
"dream" became a beautiful reality today.
The liturgical celebration began at 10:30 a.m., presided by the Most
Rev. Archbishop of New Orleans Francis Schulte. The wonderful choir of St.
under the direction of Sharon Schamer, provided beautiful music for
the ceremony. Teresian associates Charlie OBrien and June
Cognevich made the first and second reading, respectively. Deacon Robert
Beaumont, master of ceremony, read the Gospel. In his homily the
Archbishop spoke about Gods dwelling places and the significance of the
consecration of an altar. The rite of dedication, he said, speaks by
itself of the grandeur of the event. He proceeded to pray the litany of
the saints, followed by the anointing of the altar. Then the altar was
incensed and dressed.
From the Paschal Candle, Deacon Beaumont lighted all other candles, then
lights of the building were turned on. It was a beautiful dramatic moment.
Besides Deacon Beaumont, Deacon
Charles Read assisted the Archbishop. Rev. Thomas Perrier, O.S.B., and
Rev. Justin Brown, O.S.B. concelebrated. Two altar boys from St. Peter
Parish were also serving. The offertory gifts were presented by our
General Superior Carmen Bartolome and some of the benefactors. Octavia and
Michael Sansovich, who donated the Way of the Cross, presented the
flowers; Ana Maria Mitchell presented the water; Nick Sherlock, the
constructor, presented the wine; Robert Mayard, the architect, brought the
hosts; Mrs. Lil Friedrich and her son Bob presented the ciborium and
patten, and Mr. Thomas Werling, donor of the altar, presented the chalice.
After communion Sister Isabel Ordoņo thanked the people for their
generous contributions for building the chapel and furnishing it. The
Archbishop thanked the Society for its ministry in Louisiana. He ended the
Mass given the blessing with the relic of Father Seelos, a saint who
worked in this archdiocese and whose canonization the Archbishop attended
The vicar for religious Sister Suellen Tennyson, M.S.C., and our
general prefect of education Sister Gloria Rodriguez were among the
friends, benefactors, and Sisters who attended the ceremony. Sr. Thelma
Dexheimer, whose deceased mother left a large amount for the chapel, was
present too. Besides Sr. Thelma, Sr. Carmelina Guzman and Sr. Ma. Luz
Ortega came from San Antonio. All the Sisters from Louisiana, as well as
the Teresian associates of this area, attended the celebration.
The dedication of the chapel was followed by lunch for all in the
cafeteria. Some restaurants and friends donated most of the food. The
entire day was an opportunity to give praise and thanks to the Lord for
His goodness to us.