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Sharing the story of our faith journey in honour of consecrated life……

4- in Canada - Date of publication 04-15-2005
During February, the month traditionally dedicated to the gift of consecrated life for the Church and indeed for all of society, Luc Bouchard, bishop of the St. Paul diocese, gathered a preparation committee to work with him.

    It was decided that a special Eucharistic celebration would take place at the St. Paul Cathedral on February 2nd the day specifically set aside in honour of consecrated life. Even though it is in the dead of winter, with so many kilometres between us all and everyone’s lives are super busy the preparation committee worked diligently to involve every congregation present in the St. Paul, Alberta, diocese that was able to be present! This was a truly remarkable feat and a delightful celebration honouring the presence and contribution of so many dedicated, generous women and men. Time was limited to get the word out to youth, parents and grandparents yet so many were present. The various youth groups generously welcomed people as they arrived and also contributed the whole music ministry aspect of our celebration. We have already spoken about this wonderful celebration that will most certainly become a tradition but at this time we wish to focus on the story of faith shared by Mary Ellen O’Neill, one of the consecrated women invited by Bishop Luc to share the story of her faith journey with us. Mary Ellen told us that her parents emigrated from the British Isles along with many other catholic families settling on farmland north of Vermilion, Alberta. The Canadian Pacific Railway wanted immigrant families to lease land and begin the process of creating productive and fertile soil out of prairie and tree covered land. The third child in a family of seven, Mary Ellen tells us of the importance education held in her family and of how growing up they all learned to accept and carry out their various responsibilities. She spoke of faith life being a vital part of everyday life, of how her mother taught them their prayers and how they always participated in the summer catechism classes organized through the parish preparing them for the sacraments. She goes on to tell us that her very first contact with sisters and catholic education was during high school when she stayed at the Clandonald convent as a boarder. During this time her faith convictions were further deepened. From a young age Mary Ellen shares her love for liturgical celebrations and special times in the church year. She thought about becoming a sister, she says, but she didn’t tell anyone about this inkling. Mary Ellen told us that she has an aunt, for whom she is named in fact, who is a MaryKnoll Sister in New York and with whom the family corresponds on a regular basis. But it is after completing her studies as a nurse that Mary Ellen will enter the Sisters of Charity of Notre Dame d’Évron. As I look back and reflect on my training years in Vegreville, where the Sisters of Évron owned the hospital and taught student nurses, Mary Ellen says that it is very clear to her that they were accompanied in their nursing formation by these sisters who so desired that they develop strong ethical principals and a relationship with Jesus the healer which would carry them through their careers as solid, Christian professional women. Mary Ellen spoke with love and pride of her congregation’s foundation, long graced history and of the recent celebrations in honour of the 350th birthday of Perrine Thulard, beloved foundress of the congregation. Personally, she tells us, I have always appreciated my call to consecrated religious life and have been very happy and fulfilled in my choice to answer this call. After forty-five years of living out this call I can honestly say that a faithful and loving God has ever been at my side! I believe very strongly that the Church needs individuals who accept a call of total commitment in consecrated life. As for all people who try to live a good life, we too, struggle with our human frailties but God who is faithful walks with us, loves us and calls us to be witnesses of God’s love, God’s fidelity and God’s presence in our world. Today I believe we should be women and men of prayer, of hope, of steadfastness and of enduring love. None of us knows what the future holds but we know that our world and our Church will always need people who are prepared to commit their whole lives to Christ and to remain open and attentive to the needs of the poor, the vulnerable and the oppressed.

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