The Spirit of Taizé Imbues the Community

taize posterIt was in an attitude of peace, joy, recollection and unity that members of local parishes and long time acquaintances of the DHS gathered with a large delegation of Sisters at the Provincial House gymnatorium to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life through prayer of recollection, thanksgiving and praise.

Sr. Michèle Bisaillon greeted the worshippers welcoming one and all , thanking them for their presence and explaining the prayer event in the context of Taizé: mantra style invocation of the Holy Spirit, song of praise, scripture reading and meditation, prayer of intercession and mantra of peace and benediction of participants.

Musical accompaniment was provided by Sr. Lorraine Déziel on the piano and Mrs. Priscilla Dowd on the flute while a chorus composed of Sisters Norma Bourdon, Gertrude Lanouette, Marion Pepin, and Marian St. Marie led the chanting.

Sr Gertrude, Provincial, offered expressions of gratitude to those in attendance sharing how important it was to be able to gather and to pray together as a community and suggested there would be other opportunities for such gatherings perhaps during Advent. Invitations will be sent out to parishes and posted on line.

As you enjoy the photos of the event, we invite you to take a deep breath, sit back and slowly join us in  the prayers of intercession offered during our gathering.


Loving God, we ask for the gift of your Holy Spirit to help us pray as we ought…..Holy Spirit, help us.

We ask for the energy and vision of your Spirit for those who are tiring in the battle against injustice and oppression, for those exhausted by the struggle with poverty and hunger….

We ask for the hope and comfort of your Spirit for those whose lives are overshadowed by illness or pain; for those whose lives are darkened by sorrow and bereavement…

We ask for the peace and joy of your Spirit for those living in the shadow of war and violence; for those eaten up by guilt and anxiety and whose Christian life has become hard and dry…

We ask for the guidance and strength of your Spirit for those uncertain how to use their time, talents and gifts; for those tempted to do wrong…

We ask for the love and courage of your Spirit for those reaching out to comfort the distresed; for those reaching out to others with the Good News of Christ..;

We ask the assurance of your Spirit for the Daughters of the Holy Spirit and all women and men who have consecrated their lives to God and to the service of Gods’s people…Holy Spirit, help us

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