Putnam Province Celebrates Closing of Canonical Visitation

CouncilFollowing the Council of the Congregation, the international leadersip meeting of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, our 5-member General Council stayed on for our US Province’s Canonical Visitation, a mandated visit to each Province/Vice-Province and the opportunity to meet personally with each Sister of that area one time during each six-year term.

The official visitation began on April 21st sending two councilors to visit our Sisters in California, one up to Vermont and Massachusetts and another to the western part of Connecticut; this latter would make her way back to the northeast corner while visiting communities along the way.  Sr. Anne-Marie Foucher, Congregation leader, visited communities and sisters in the greater Putnam area.

cookiesThe following week the five of them reunited in Putnam and met with each sister at the Provincial House, the largest community in the Province.

On the afternoon of Sunday, May 3rd, the sisters of the Province gathered in Putnam for the General Council’s closing report on their experience of the U.S. Province.  In an atmosphere of sisterly love and joy we came together to pray, to listen and to share our journey together as Daughters of the Holy Spirit in this Province and as Congregation in 12 countries scattered across the world.

The finale of our gathering was a celebration marking the 333rd anniversary of the birth of one of our co-foundresses, Renée Burel.  The birthday décor, festively frosted edible goodies and joyous song, dance and music put a huge exclamation point at the end of a perfect day for the Sisters of our Province and our General Councilors.

drummerDeparture came way too fast, and on Monday afternoon we bid au revoir to our guests as they headed home to Brittany, France, international headquarters of the Congregation.  Our hearts were heavy to see them leave, but the memories of their purposeful and meaningful time among us will live on endlessly in our kindred spirits.

Gertrude Lanouette, DHS
Provincial Putnam Province

Departure of Team   






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