Called to Serve

“We stand before you, Holy Spirit, aware that we gather in your name.”

With these words Sr. Norma Bourdon, outgoing Provincial Team Leader in the USA, greeted the significant number of Sisters, Consecrated Seculars, Associates and Friends assembled in the Provincial House Chapel in Putnam to participate in the celebration of the appointment of Sr. Gertrude Lanouette and her 2 Councillors, Jacqueline Robillard and Marian St. Marie, to the ministry of service to the Province as its new Leadership Team.

SistersSistersThe singing of “The Summons” was followed by a missioning ceremony in which each new Team member in turn was given a candle by a corresponding outgoing member  symbolizing her “yes” to this ministry of service. One by one, they spoke their response and asked the gathering for their prayerful support for themselves and for the Province “that we may continue to grow together as companions in mission”.


SisterssistersAs a sign that all members of the Province are responsible for the Mission of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, the new Provincial then invited the youngest (Janet Lewis) and the oldest (Gilberte Désilets 102 years old) Sisters of the Province  to bear lit candles representing the scope of the Province’s common “yes” to its ongoing daily effort. 

sisterssistersSr. Gertrude then shared a few personal thoughts, led the closing prayer and invited all present to confirm their response as they extended their hands for the offering of the blessing prayer composed by Joan Metzger, MM  that underlines the importance of believing in oneself, one’s gifts and particularly in
“God, no matter the mist.
God is strong and trustworthy
and God cares for you.”

sisterssistersThe celebration of the ‘call to serve’ very fluidly, at Sr. Gertrude’s invitation, moved from chapel to dining area where the festive atmosphere and the lively conversations were accented and encouraged as one and all partook of refreshing beverages and light seasonal snacks.


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