DHS Associates Journey Through History

On a typically windy and semi sunny October Saturday, the DHS Associates on the East Coast gathered at the Provincial House gymnatorium for their annual assembly.

After a warm and cheery meet and greet, the group was called to enter upon a journey through the early centuries of the history of the Congregation. The tour guide was Sr. Marian St. Marie, the Province historian who has spent years researching the growth of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit at the international and national levels.

The opening prayer reminded us that this is the “Year of Marie Balavenne”,co- foundress of the Congregation, and that it behooves us to focus at this time on the virtues that made her who she was and motivated her to accomplish extraordinary deeds that have impacted thousands of lives since 1706.

Sister Marian led the participants on a journey with the first 5 Daughters of the Holy Spirit- Marie Balavenne, Renée Burel, Marie Allenou de Grandchamp,Catherine Anne Marie Briand and Yvonne Clec’h,-  as they lived their ordinary lives in the northwest corner of France  from 1666-1829, a journey filled with ups and downs, joys and sufferings but always with the creative inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

A powerful and meaningful closing ritual ended the day as the Associates prayed for the courage and strength to be able to continue to build on the foundation of Marie Balavenne and to keep the DHS charism alive for many more generations.

The photos illustrate some of the peak moments of this assembly and the camaraderie that shines through this dedicated group of women and men.

For more information about our Associate program you may visit our web site and click on the ‘Who we are’ column or contact Dr. Diane Summa at dts1@att.net

 

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