Archive for March, 2007

Sincere Thanks and Good Memories

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

On March 17, 2007, the sisters of Our Lady’s Missionaries and their friends have celebrated Thanksgiving Liturgy followed by a simple celebration marking the closure of Maryglen Residence. The residence at 244 Church Street, in Toronto has been run by the sisters for 44 years, providing affordable housing for women workers and students living in the downtown core.

The following welcome was given by Sr. Frances Brady, OLM, on behalf of Sister Noreen Kearns the director of Maryglen, the Maryglen staff and all of Our Lady’s Missionaries:

On March 30 Maryglen will have new owners and a new name. This is an important milestone for many of us here, certainly for Our Lady’s Missionaries and for the present staff and residents as well as many others.

The occasion brings mixed feelings for most of us. There is sadness that Maryglen Residence will no longer exist. It has been an important and valued ministry for many of our sisters, providing housing for women for almost 44 years.

There is nostalgia, too, and much gratitude for the people and events of that 44-year history

for the many staff members who helped to make Maryglen comfortable and welcoming;
for the hundreds of women residents who lived here for long or short periods of time;
for so many friends who helped and supported in a variety of ways;
for the celebration of special events in people’s lives, the lasting friendships that have been formed, and the numerous words and letters of thanks that let us know that everyone’s efforts have been appreciated

We are grateful too that although Maryglen is coming to an end this residence will continue to provide housing for people who work or study in Toronto, under the direction of Nishnawbe homes.

As we pray today for all who have been a part of Maryglen, we pray also for the directors of Nishnawbe homes and their staff and all who will live in this residence in the future.

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World Day of Prayer + International Women’s Day

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Second Thursday of Every Month
by : Anne Leonard

The regular Thursday night prayer evening at Our Lady’s Missionaries, 8th of March was a celebration of “World Day of Prayer 2007”. This is an ecumenical service which connects people around the world as they come together to pray. This year’s prayer was written by the women of Paraguay with the theme of “United under God’s Tent”. Through this service with prayers and readings, we learned a bit of the beauty, the struggles, the courage and the pain of Paraguay. This plus our own exchange of thoughts and prayers reminded us of the concerns of women around the world, especially in the places where olm’s are present. We hope to all be united under God’s tent one day.

Anne Leonard is a dear and long time friend of OLM’s who assists us in our finance office and in many other ways. We are grateful to Anne and to all who assist us by volunteering their services. They really help a lot!!!!


by Mina Velasco, olm lay Associate

Our Lady’s Missionaries marked International Women’s Day on March 8, 2007, with a reflection night that included the OLMs’ friends and associates.

Worldwide, the day itself was commemorated by various women’s organizations, as well as individuals. Our Lady’s Missionaries adopted the prayer for the World Day of Prayer on March 5. This prayer was prepared this year by the women of Paraguay, who took their turn in writing reflections about being women in their country at this time in history. These reflections they shared with the women of the rest of the world.

At the OLM prayer evening, guided by these reflections, each participant took part in reading and reflecting on the Paraguayan women’s experiences – of poverty, of being looked upon as the weaker and therefore less important sex, of being the cornerstone of family life and yet being regarded as lesser individuals.

The participants of the OLM reflection night then took time to pray for the plight of women worldwide, as well as the plight of all mankind. The night ended with a light snack and socializing.