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Enthronement Guild Marks 75 Year Anniversary

The year 2020 marked the 75th Anniversary of the Enthronement Guild of the Sacred Heart in the Diocese of Scranton. The Guild was established by Bishop Hafey at Marywood College in 1945, with Sister Ethelbert Gilroy as the first Moderator. On June 22, 2017, Bishop Joseph Bambera renewed the Enthronement of the Diocese to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Msgr. John Esseff served as Spiritual Moderator, followed by Father Daniel 
Toomey who continues to serve the Guild as Spiritual Moderator. Sister Moderators over the years include Sister Romaine Krug, Sister Eamon O’Neill and Sister Celesta Sinisi.

Sr Celesta Sr Pat and Sr Romaine
L-R: Sisters Celesta Sinisi, Romaine Krug, and Patricia Hauser

It was a South American priest, Father Mateo, who received a healing at Paray Le Monial, France where St. Margaret Mary received a revelation of Jesus. Father Mateo was inspired to preach everywhere the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in connection with the promise of our Lord, “I will bless every place where the image of my Heart shall be exposed and honored.” Pope Pius X not only approved but commanded Father Mateo (Edward Crawley-Boevey) to spread the Apostolate by bringing families together in His honor. This is yet another powerful example of faith that spread the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart all over the world.

For seventy-five years we have witnessed so many examples of holiness and faith, providing the foundation that drives us forward in our mission of bringing the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary into homes in our diocese, one parish at a time, one household at a time.

Currently, Maria Pappa serves as Coordinator of the Enthronement Guild, with a dedicated Board of Directors which includes Father Daniel Toomey, Spiritual Moderator, Patrick Williams as President and Ernie Pappa as Director of Communications.

L-R: Sister Celesta Sinisi and Maria Pappa

A new location for the office of the Enthronement Guild was generously provided at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary by Father Joseph Sibilano, a strong supporter of the Guild, in December 2017.

“We have been on quite a journey as an Apostolate and we look forward to serving the two Hearts into the future. Our membership has been and continues to be very generous in offering prayer and financial support for our work and we are most grateful. We are a spiritual family under the care of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” (Ernie Pappa, Director of Communications)