Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
July 13, 2009
Sr. Benilda retires from St. Joseph's Hospital
SPECIAL TO THE WCR
EDMONTON - After 45 years of service at St. Joseph's Auxiliary Hospital, Sister Mary Benilda has retired from service at the hospital.
On June 25, Archbishop Joseph MacNeil celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving attended by 75 guests to mark Benilda's retirement.
As a member of St. Joseph's founding order, the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, Benilda came to Edmonton from Winnipeg in 1964.
Her first work at the hospital was as the purchasing officer; she retired as part of the spiritual and religious care team with responsibilities for the palliative care unit.
Over her 45 years of service, she saw tremendous change in the hospital.
From the days back on Whyte Avenue when purchasing was done with a pencil and paper to today at the hospital in south Edmonton where a computer glitch can make everyone's day difficult - Sister Benilda was a constant reminder of the history and sense of mission that the Sisters of Providence envisioned when they opened St. Joseph's.
She was also present when the hospital was transferred from the Sisters to the St. Joseph's board of directors and then recently to Covenant Health.
WISDOM AND GRACE
Benilda quietly went about her work with wisdom, grace and humility.
She will be greatly missed by her co-workers and the entire St. Joseph's community.
After taking time to visit family and pack, Sister Benilda will leave Edmonton and move to the motherhouse in Kingston, Ont., at the end of July.
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