Celebrating at St. Paul University
On October 4, 2017, four Sisters of Saint Ann, Sisters Rita Larivée, Congregational Leader and General Councillor Madeleine Lanoue from Lachine and Sisters Marie Zarowny, Province Co-Leader and Patricia Donovan from Victoria, drove from Lachine, Quebec to St Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario. The University wanted to recognize the “transformational gift towards the addition of a specialization in the Counselling and Spirituality program with indigenous Peoples. This Specialization, the first of its kind in Canada, will leverage St. Paul University’s 43 years of experience in educating psychotherapists to increase capacity for mental health services for indigenous people at the community level.” (St. Paul’s brochure)
We were warmly welcomed by the Rector of St. Paul , Chantal Beauvais and André Beaudry, Chief Advancement officer along with other staff members, friends, alumni and guests.
The celebrations began with a First Nations prayer of the four directions led by Doreen Naughton. This was followed by short talks of appreciation by the Rector, the Chancellor/Archbishop, the Provincial of the Oblates, other members of the Executive committee and Sister Marie Zarowny. The event ended with a prayer led by Sister Rita Larivée.
The Sisters were presented with a plaque of gratitude and each was presented a rose by students from the counselling program.
Following the prayer, refreshments were served as we listened to a quartet playing music in the background.
Patricia Donovan, SSA
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