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2011 - Features
Sunday, 06 February 2011 05:18

By Sr Jean Devenish-Huggins

After a joyful and prayerful Eucharistic celebration in the Convent Chapel 175 years of love and sacrifice - Feb 6, the whole congregation walked over to the Sisters’ residence for the formal opening of the Sr Francis Xavier Heritage Hall. Sr Francis Xavier was the first local Provincial Superior of the Sisters of St Joseph.

Cultural programme

The last part of the programme was just as interesting and exciting. This was the cultural part performed on a small stage constructed for the occasion. The surprise item was the “Poinciana Chorale” made up of Cluny Sisters and conducted by Kay Pierre and featuring the Provincial Superior Sr Annetta Alexander as one of the soloists.

At the end of the cultural show, the Helen Chorale presented the Tobago community with a cheque for $60,000 towards the construction of the Tobago Retreat Centre. The money was raised through the Glory Glory Concert held in November/December 2010.

The rain and the drizzle never ceased during the proceedings but that was no hindrance. Don’t we say at times like these that God is sending his blessing? Well, we called everything a blessing and thanked God for so much – the smooth flow of the day, the help willingly given by so many people, the love and appreciation experienced from all, the good feeling and camaraderie that filled all hearts and minds.

Those six Sisters who landed in Trinidad 175 years ago and all the Sisters of St Joseph who worked in our beloved land down through the years, can well rest peacefully in the Lord. Those of us who still work in the vineyard of the Lord, thank God for the all that He has given and ask His help in being able to adapt to changing times and to read the signs of the times.

This is just the beginning of an unique year, so we take this opportunity to invite all those who wish to take part in one or more of the activities that will fill the coming months. God bless you all!

Photos: Sr Mary Jean Ahow, SJC
Sr Francis Xavier's sister, Marjorie Collier cuts the ribbon to open the Sr Francis Xavier Heritage Hall. This hall, on the top floor of what was the Catholic Teachers’ Training College is outfitted as a conference centre. His Grace blesses the Hall. He is accompanied by the Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh and Fr Reginald Hezekiah.

Sr Francis Xavier's sister, Marjorie Collier cuts the ribbon to open the Sr Francis Xavier Heritage Hall. This hall, on the top floor of what was the Catholic Teachers’ Training College is outfitted as a conference centre.

His Grace blesses the Hall. He is accompanied by the Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh and Fr Reginald Hezekiah.

Sr Clare Stanley, representative of the Superior General, unveils the commemorative plaque. The SJC Choir, San Fernando 'kicked off' the entertainment.

Sr Clare Stanley, representative of the Superior General, unveils the commemorative plaque.

The SJC Choir, San Fernando 'kicked off' the entertainment.

The Laloo sisters of Providence Girls’ and SJC, Port of Spain, performed a kathak dance. Soloist of the Poinciana Chorale - Sr Bernadette Ramharack, teacher at Nelson St Girls’

The Laloo sisters of Providence Girls’ and SJC, Port of Spain, performed a kathak dance.

Soloist of the Poinciana Chorale - Sr Bernadette Ramharack, teacher at Nelson St Girls’

 
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