The Year of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis officially ends today, the Feast of the Encounter of the Lord with Simeon and Anna in the Temple.  For many years this has been the special feast day of women and men religious and all consecrated persons.

The diocese of Greensburg, in which Uniontown is geographically located, celebrated the occasion on February 1 with a Vigil Liturgy with Bishop Edward Malesic and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.

Sr. Barbara Jean and Sr. Josifa Simova, a Sister of St. Basil from Slovakia presently staying at Mount St. Macrina, participated in the celebration.  Sr. Josifa carried a candle in the opening procession.  After the dinner that followed, the Sisters met Bishop Malesic and answered his questions about the community.