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CATHOLIC SISTERS HONOURED IN ALBERTA, CANADA

4- in Canada - Date of publication 11-05-2011
Alberta’s Catholic Sisters were honoured for their pioneering contributions in education, health care and social services.

    In Edmonton, on a colorful autumn morning, Alberta’s Catholic Sisters were honoured for their pioneering contributions in education, health care and social services.
For over a year, Covenant Health, the agency responsible for Catholic Health Care in Alberta, carefully planned and organized this “Catholic Sisters Legacy Recognition Project.” A three meter high bronzed sculpture was erected on the Government Legislature grounds to honour the legacy of the seventy-four founding Religious Congregations who have served in the province of Alberta over the last one hundred and fifty years. On September 28th 2011, one hundred and eighty Catholic Sisters from various congregations participated in the unveiling and dedication ceremony, a truly memorable event.

    The sculpture depicts a sister holding a piece of stained glass on which are four symbols which express the heart of her mission and indicate the breath and depth of her service to the people of Alberta. History indicates that Sisters established forty-four hospitals, sixty-seven schools and sixty-two social service works. Religious missions played a key role in the founding of forty-nine towns and cities in Alberta dating back as far as 1859.
Gordon Self, a representative of Covenant Health, stated, “ the Sisters taught school, fed the hungry, visited the distraught, housed orphans and tended the sick, no small task, when you consider how little they had and the primitive conditions which surrounded them.”
    A local artist from St. Paul, Alberta created the Catholic Sisters “Legacy Recognition”
monument, entitled, “Service through Christ.” Mr. Herman Poulin, considered it a great honour to have been asked to do this statue as it was his early grade school teachers who were Sisters who helped him discover his artistic talents. He stated that, “today, it is my turn to honour and pay respect to my mentors.” The bronze memorial stands on a pedestal engraved with the names of the Religious Orders who have served in Alberta.

    During the unveiling of the monument, the Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of the Province of Alberta spoke of his own personal experience as a six year old patient being mentored by the Sisters during a prolonged hospital stay. He recalled with evident emotion that if he was Premier of the Province today it was thanks to the dedicated Sisters who not only nursed his fractured leg but who also taught him the basics necessary for his first year in school.
A significant part of the ceremony included statements from three lay people representing Catholic Health, Catholic Education and Catholic Social Services whereby they promised to carry on the mission of service pioneered by the Sisters.

    Archbishop Richard Smith of the Edmonton Archdiocese and Bishop David Motiuk of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton dedicated and blessed the memorial statue as a reminder to future generations of the many and varied contributions offered by the Sisters to the Province of Alberta.
After the dedication ceremony Archbishop Smith, Bishop Motiuk and many priests celebrated a thanksgiving Eucharist at St. Joseph’s Basilica which was followed by a tastefully prepared reception
Mr. Poulin, the artist, had requested that each Religious Congregation be given a framed image of the monument as a souvenir of this auspicious occasion.
    A Pastoral Message from the Bishops of Alberta was also published on this date in recognition of and in gratitude to the many Catholic Sisters who have served in Alberta.

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