June 20, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR
EDMONTON — The works of mercy were represented in the nine Sisters of Providence celebrating their anniversaries in religious life at Providence Centre on June 11.
All have served in a variety of ministries, with priority to the ministry of prayer.
Among those who spent most of their years in teaching are Sister Alice Hurtubise, celebrating 75 years as a sister, Sister Theresa Devine (70 years) and Sister Lucille Belval (60 years).
Health care is represented by Sister Mary Michael (70 years) who was first a nurse and then a hospital administrator; Sister Madeline Joyal (70 years), lab and X-ray technician; and Sister Rosa Roshau (60 years), Sister Thecla Becher (50 years) and Sister Eileen Beach (50 years) who worked in patient care in hospitals and nursing homes and public health.
Sister Margaret McGovern (50 years) has spent most of her years working within the religious community as support in various ways.
Feeding the hungry was also a ministry for Sister Rosa and Sister Thecla, who were cooks for some years, and both of them, as well as Sister Theresa, have ministered in Anawim Place Food Bank in inner city Edmonton.
Celebrant at the jubilee Mass was Archbishop Gérard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan, assisted by four priests.
The liturgy was highlighted by the singing of St. Thomas More parish choir, and the drumming and singing of the Holy, Holy (his own composition) by Robert Moberly of Desmarais-Wabasca.