Celebrating 36,000 Years of Marriage

June 07, 2009

It took Hilda McDougald several months to say “yes” to her husband Frank’s marriage proposal in 1944. “My girlfriend said he was a good one and I’d better take that chance,” Hilda recalled. Sixty-five years, three children, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren later, she says her friend was right. The McDougalds, members of St. Luke Parish in Washington, DC, were among more than 800 couples in the Archdiocese of Washington honored today for their long marriages.

More than 550 of these couples renewed their vows at a Mass celebrated by Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The couples have been married 25 to 75 years. Nearly 275 couples have been married for 50+ years and all together, the 812 couples have been married for 36,000 years. They are from Washington, DC and suburban and southern Maryland Catholic parishes.

A reception followed the Mass on the lower level of the Shrine, where the couples received personalized certificates commemorating their special anniversary.

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Susan Gibbs
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