Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of September 20, 1999
Nun makes final vows in Franciscan order
Special to the WCR
Sister Lucinda May Patterson, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement of Edmonton, pronounced perpetual vows recently at the motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement in Graymoor Garrison, N.Y.
Sister Diane Bernier, congregational minister, received her vows in the original chapel of St. John.
Sister Lucinda's pronouncement of perpetual vows is a commitment to carry on the dedication to the mission of unity and a love for the poor and oppressed in imitation of Christ and in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi portrayed by Lurana Mary Francis White, co-foundress of the Society of the Atonement.
It includes living a life strengthened by a spirituality of atonement or the cross understood in the contemporary sense of the Gospel as liberating and non-violent.
Sister Lucinda is currently program director for Lurana Shelter, a residence operated by the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement for women and children escaping family violence.
She is also a member of the archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission.
The order has ministered in the Edmonton Archdiocese since 1928. Today, it operates the Lurana Shelter and the Children and Parent Headstart Program, an early educational and intervention program involving young children and their parents.