100th Birthday Celebration

cakeFor Sr. Marie Ruth Page (Edouard de la Croix) April 3rd was a day she had anticipated for months. It was her 100th birthday.

The early April snows that blanketed the ground at dawn added a special flair to an already super special day. 

The Sunday liturgy was dedicated to remembering Sister’s milestone birthday and was celebrated by two of Sister’s former students: Rev. Robrt E. Gariepy and Rev. Donald G. Lauzier, assisted by long time Provincial House Chaplain, Rev. Richard Archambault. Many Sisters, family members and former students were in attendance for this notable occasion.

Sister Marie Ruth PageThe ceremonies began with a welcome by Sr. Paula Despathy, PH Coordinator, who shared a message received from the Congregation’s General Council and then introduced Mr. John Ryan, representative of the Knights of Columbus, to present Sister Marie Ruth a Papal Blessing the local Council of the KC had obtained to honor Sister’s longevity and achievements.

The liturgy concluded with eloquent and very personal words from both celebrants and former students who reminisced about their time in the classroom in Leominster, MA with Sr. ‘Edouard’. Both noted the positive influence she had on their lives and on the lives of so many others during her nearly 40 years of teaching.

A lovely repast featuring cake, balloons and the singing of Happy Birthday followed the Mass, filling the dining areas to capacity. A good number of those who attended the Mass returned to visit with Sister in the early part of the afternoon.

Sister enjoyed her favorite meal of stuffed peppers as she socialized and laughed with family and friends. Her comments about the celebration were very simple: “Everyone has been so nice to me…I am very lucky”. 

Anyone wishing to send greetings to Sister may do so by writing to her at 72 Church Street Putnam, CT 06260 or by sending her an e mail via our Office of Development: devofdhs@yahoo.com. Please visit our Partnership Circle for more about Sr. Marie Ruth Page.

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