Sherryl woke up this morning feeling so great that she spent time in the backyard watering the plants -- and she enjoyed every moment of it. She was thrilled to feel well enough to attend a special family celebration. Our Auntie Joanie (AJ), aka Sister Joan, celebrated today her 50th Jubilee as a Dominican sister.
To honor this milestone, which AJ shared with other sisters also celebrating jubilee years (40, 50, 60, 75, and 80!), an afternoon mass was held at St Raphael Church followed by an outdoor reception under an umbrella-shaped lilac-covered arbor on the Dominican Sister's property adjacent to Dominican University. Sherryl thoroughly enjoyed visiting with family and long-time friends. Home again, she's resting well and is optimistic her energy will continue through this next week.
Fifty years ago, when AJ entered the convent, the world was very different. Here is a snapshot of 1957:
- Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States; Richard M. Nixon was Vice President.
- The U.S. population was 171,984,130 and life expectancy was 69.5 years.
- Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat was published.
- Elvis Presley was 22 years old and bought Graceland for $100,000.
- John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time, three years before forming the Beatles.
- United States Marine Major John Glenn flew an F8U supersonic jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds setting a new transcontinental speed record.
- Orvill Faubus, Governor of Arkansas, called out the U.S. National Guard to prevent African-American students from enrolling in Central High School in Little Rock.
- The Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel on what the company proclaimed as "E Day."
- Toyota began exporting vehicles to the U.S., beginning with the Toyota Crown and the Toyota Land Cruiser.
- The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth.
- Katie Couric, Caroline Kennedy, and LeVar Burton were born.
- Humphrey Bogart, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Joseph McCarthy died.
- The New York Giants moved to San Francisco, and the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles.
- "West Side Story" and "The Music Man" opened in New York.
- The Top 100 Songs of the year included "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley, "April Love" by Pat Boone, "Tammy" by Debbie Reynolds, and "Wake Up Little Susie" by the Everly Brothers.
While times certainly have changed since 1957, what has not changed in 50 years is Auntie Joanie's commitment to her vocation as a Dominican sister. At the reception today, one family friend remarked that the day would have been complete if a female had officiated the mass. AJ would have agreed as she is and always has been a very progressive member of the convent. If female priests are sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church, you can bet Sister Joan Hanna, O.P. will be the first to celebrate mass in that capacity.
In honor of Sister Joan's spiritual devotion, the following clip from the movie "Sister Act" (1992) contrasts how times have changed in her 50 years as a Dominican sister. While stained glass windows, white tapered candles, and gilded crucifixes have been constant icons of Christianity, how religion is celebrated has evolved. Be sure to watch for two shots of "His Eminence's" hands, as they hint of changing times as well. Happy 50th Jubilee, Auntie Joanie!