The following comes from a June 11 story in the San Jose diocese Valley Catholic.
The Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, who operate the Liturgical Apostolate Center in San Jose, announced they will leave the diocese of San Jose at the end of July.
Sister Lucy Mabazz, speaking for the sisters, in a letter to The Valley Catholic, noted, “It is with mixed emotions that Sister Rosaria and I share some news…for a variety of reasons, especially the decreasing number of members, we have decided to close this small community and join our larger communities in California.”
Since 1973, the Congregation has lived at 2076 Lincoln Ave. and operated the religious goods and gifts store selling an array of items especially including liturgical books and vestments, sacred vessels, altar linens, clerical attire, religious art and other religious gifts.
Sister Lucy said, “At present we are two sisters here, but over many years sisters from various nations have formed part of our small community. Our mission has been that of perpetual Eucharistic adoration. We have a particular mission to pray for priests and the media of social communication.
“During our 40 years in this diocese, we have experienced a welcome and kindness from all the clergy with whom we have had the joy of encountering. You have made it possible for our mission to be alive and active…We will always carry in our prayer the San Jose Diocese and its people.”
Sister Lucy especially addressed local priests in her letter “to let you know that in our Liturgical Center we have a number of religious items of interest…chasubles, stoles, books and a variety of religious articles that we would like to offer at a reduced price.
“If you could come to the Liturgical Center during June it would greatly help to reduce our stock. It would also give us the opportunity to say a fond farewell,” Sister Lucy wrote.