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150th Celebration in Summerside

Sisters Marie L. Arsenault, Joan Marie Chaisson, and Regina McQuaid

A large number of sisters and friends gathered for a liturgy of Thanksgiving on November 4th, 2018, to recognize the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of the Congrégation de  Notre-Dame in Summerside, PEI. The presider at the liturgy was Bishop Richard Grecco accompanied by pastor Father Chris Sherren and associate pastor Father Ignatius Sabastian. Father Eddie Cormier was present in the sanctuary. Sister Regina McQuaid spoke on behalf of the Congregation to express our thanks for the past, joy of the present and hope for the future. The lengthy applause and standing ovation following her presentation was witness to the appreciation and respect of the Parish community for the 150 years of service. The whole congregation joined in the joyful recessional hymn “Sing out her Glory” accompanied on the piano by former choir director, Sister Simone Abbass.

The celebration continued at the convent with a delicious meal for sisters and invited guests.

At 2 p.m. the sisters welcomed many visitors to an open house. It was a time for shared memories and gratitude for how the Congrégation de Notre-Dame Sisters have touched the lives of so many over the years. As the visitors browsed over the displays prepared by historian George Dalton, there was much interest and conversation. Through this we heard again of the impact the sisters had on the lives of so many through the years. The staff, CWL and associates of the Congregation provided delicious refreshments. The afternoon concluded with a visit from Lieutenant-Governor, Antoinette Perry, whose aide-de-camp was a former student at St. Mary’s Academy.

In a spirit of gratitude for the material and financial support of the Summerside community over the years, Sisters Marie L. and Joan Marie organized a fundraiser in support of the Saint Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army food banks. All entertainers graciously volunteered their time and talents. The evening had the spirit of a kitchen party and was enjoyed by all. We are grateful to all those who assisted us in this project. Magnificat anima domino!


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