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Kim Hagerty

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Kim Hagerty is the Assistant Director of the Marriage and Family Ministries Office of the Archdiocese. She and her husband Pat lost their oldest daughter, Beth to a rare disease when she was 6 years old. They have two living children and two grandchildren.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Global Church and the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass

Each year the Marriage and Family Ministries office sends couples celebrating 50 years of marriage a survey asking them to share how they met,  the best part of being married, their challenges, how faith helped their marriage, and advice for newlyweds, and wedding and current pictures. This is put into a book called True Soul Mates: Couples married 50 years share advice for a successful marriage. Even though we’ve been doing this for 12 years, each year there are always interesting stories.

Johnny and Sally McCallion live in Derry City, Northern Ireland, and their daughter was on the internet and saw that we were hosting the Golden Wedding Mass on August 30 which is the day they will be celebrating their own 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass and party. They filled out the survey and sent us their pictures. They wanted to be with us in spirit! Johnny has a Chicago connection: he came to Chicago in 1965 as part of an Irish song and dance group and performed for the first Mayor Daley.

We really are a global church! Please pray for all our Jubilarians, those 500 couples with us at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago on Sunday, August 30, and for the McCallions celebrating the same day in Northern Ireland when they renew their vows and show us the true meaning of the words soul mates.

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