Written on: November 28, 2016
Pictured is the hearth where St. Marguerite cooked for the poor.
The six Grey Nuns leadership teams met in Montreal the weekend of November 11-13, hosted by Sister Aurore Larkin and the leadership team of the Grey Nuns of Montreal. We had a wonderful visit at Maison de Mere d’Youville! It was good to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones.
Those of us who were primarily uni-lingual had the assist of a wonderful translator. By the end of the weekend, we were all using our high school French/English and getting along just fine.
It’s always so enriching to be in Montreal and meet with these women who live and minister where Marguerite herself once ministered. We went to mass at Notre Dame Basilica where she worshiped and walked on the cobblestone streets she likely walked.
We were able to share demographics, projects, vocations, concerns and challenges facing each of the congregations. The conversations were lively and informative.
Together we watched a video of Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, speaking about “Religious Life, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. This is a video Sisters wouldn’t want to miss and our associates and colleagues might find of interest as well. (The title is a link to the video.)
We also viewed a new video created by the Ste. Marguerite D’Youville Shrine in Varennes, Quebec about Marguerite in the “voice” of her son Charles (Sr. Mary Elizabeth has 2 copies if you would like to view it).
We heard this weekend that the house where we stayed is the second oldest house in Montreal. The Montreal “Greys” have just entered into an agreement with the archeology department of the University of Montreal which will preserve artifacts discovered under the house. It has great historical significance to the Grey Nuns and the city of Montreal. The Sisters’ administrative offices will remain in part of the building and the archives will continue to be preserved there.