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.