Archive for June, 2007

Celebrating 225 Years of Service

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

The afternoon of June 3, 2007 found the OLM sisters, associates, friends and family gathered for a special event. As Sr. Frances Brady noted in her words of welcome, we were celebrating 225 years of mission.

Fr. Russ Sampson SFM presided over the liturgy which held many grace-filled moments. After Sr. Doris read the Gospel, Fr. Russ shared a few reflections on the Trinity as a sign of community and how he had experienced this with the OLM sisters and people of Guyana with whom he has worked. Then, each of the other Jubilarians shared a few thoughts on one sentence she had chosen from the readings:

Sr. Mary Gauthier:
“…rejoicing in God’s inhabited world and delighting in humankind.”

Sr. Gwen Legault:
“…I was brought forth…”

Sr. Joan Missiaen:
“…God’s love has been poured into our hearts…”

Sr. Yolanda Cadavos:
“…we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.”

During the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, each person spoke in the language in which she or he felt most comfortable: English, Cebuano, Tagalog, Tiv, Spanish, Portuguese, etc., etc., etc. …a celebration of unity in diversity.

After the liturgy, food and conversation were shared and we are grateful to all who helped in the preparations. Thank you so much!

Finally, just as people were starting to think of heading home, we felt the first drops of a soon-to-arrive storm that, thankfully, had postponed its arrival until after our wonderful outdoor gathering.

Celebrating 50 years of service:

  • Sr. Mary Gauthier – Philippines & Canada
  • Sr. Gwen Legault – Mexico, Nigeria & Canada
  • Sr. Doris Macdonell – Brazil, Guyana & Canada
  • Sr. Joan Missiaen – Mexico, Nicaragua, Philippines, Guyana & Canada

Celebrating 25 years of service:

  • Sr. Yolanda Cadavos – Philippines, Brazil, East Timor & Canada

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