DHS Honor the Past and Celebrate Bonds


Approximately 100 people, alumni, colleagues, business acquaintances and guests from France, Peru and Great Britain, joined the Provincial House Community on this last Saturday in August for an evening of theater, exhibits and simple friendly sharing of experiences and conversation.

The brain child of Sr. Gertrude Lanouette, this convocation was intended to continue the celebration of the ‘year of Marie Balavenne’ and to create a venue through which folks, bound together over the years through their connection with the Daughters of the Holy Spirit of the US Province, could assemble and strengthen those bonds.

Our multi-talented alumna, Bonnie Theriault, wowed the audience once again in her role as Congregation foundress Marie Balavenne who shares her life’s call and journey as she looks back on her 77 years. The introductory and closing narrations by ‘playwright’ and Associate Pat Krodel, drew everyone’s attention to our co-foundress and, by the same token, led the audience to immediate applause with her final question in perfect French.

The gymnatorium was clad in photos, dolls, banners and albums depicting the history of the Province, focusing in particular on the many schools that were operated and stafffed by the Sisters since their arrival in 1902. Archivist Margaret Anderson with the dedicated assistance of Sr. Lorraine Duval and a number of other Daughters from the area, prepared the exhibit following topics and timelines that invited all visitors to enjoy yesteryear, to reminisce, to give thanks for what was and to imagine what could be.

In the spirit of unity with the entire Congregation as part of the year of Marie Balavenne, a good will offering was accepted to assist in caring for persons affected by Boko Haram in Cameroon and Nigeria, Africa. A total of $571 dollars and 25 euros were contributed to this cause.

The warm, humid evening made the cool refreshments even more attractive and encouraged those in attendance to take their time to enjoy one another’s company, to make new friends, to relive good and not so good times, take advantage of ‘kodak’ moments to create more memories and to immortalize those already labeled as priceless and irreplaceable.

The exhibit will remain in the gymnatorium for a while. If you are interested in viewing it, drop by or give Sr. Gertrude a call at 860 928-0891, ext. 119. We would be honored to give you a tour.


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