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Nuns honored in Merrill after more than 50 years of service

MERRILL (WAOW) -- Imagine having the same job for 50 years. Or 60. How about 70 years?

Nuns who are a part of the Holy Cross Sisters were honored in Merrill for their decades of dedication.

Sticking with the same career over the course of a lifetime is no small task.

For sisters of the Holy Cross, it was a day to recognize that commitment.

The ten nuns who were honored at the Holy Cross Chapel in Merrill have all been sisters for at least 50 years, for a combined 600 years of experience.

"The word itself tells the feelings of it: jubilation, jubilee," said Peggy Jackelen, a Holy Cross Sister for 50 years. "It's a very important day in our lives."

And they can't help but look back on how they've gotten here.

"The journey I have been on is filled with many, many blessings so I'm grateful for all the people, the contacts, all the people that have supported me throughout these years," said Jackelen.

Ann Wittman tells a similar story.

"I've done a lot of interesting things, met a lot of wonderful people and I've always been happy with it," she said.

Wittman says she's been especially busy in her 65 years as a nun.

"I taught here, taught in California, taught in New Orleans, I've traveled doing workshops with adults," she said.

But she made her way back home to enjoy her retirement.

"Merrill happens to be the place I was born," said Wittman. "I was born in the hospital and I tell people I'm going out on the same plot of land I came in on."

On this special day that celebrates the sisters' many years of service and commitment, Wittman only has one word to describe what it feels like to be honored: "Nice."

In addition to receiving gifts at the ceremony, the ten sisters also renewed their vows in front of the congregation.
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