Contribution of religious Sisters to the history of the Province of Alberta
honoured with statue on Legislature grounds -- September 28th, 2011
Three FCJs from Calgary joined the FCJs in Edmonton on the grounds of the Legislature in Edmonton on Septermber 28th. They were part of a large group of Sisters and friends who came together for an event when representatives of Government, Health Care and Education honoured the Religious of seventy-four different congregations who have played such an important role in the history of the Province of Alberta, Canada.
A bronze sculpture of a Sister was unveiled in a prominent location in the grounds. '
This monument honours all the congregations of Catholic sisters who served across the Province and celebrates their legacy of care and compassion carried on by others today.
A celebration Mass in the Basilica followed, presided over by the Archbishop of Edmonton and two bishops of the Ukrainian Eparchy, joined by several priests.
A quote from the letter of the six bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories reads: These courageous Sisters were women of action and presence who overcame many obstacles, both physical and cultural, to bring their caring and gentle influence to every corner of the province. Working with their communities, they founded Alberta’s first schools, hospitals, orphanages and homes for the aged. Their universal charity, their love without boundaries and their many works were their legacy of hope, a legacy that compels all of us to reach out to the poor and the vulnerable.
The event was covered by both Catholic and secular Press. The following links contain more information and may be of interest:
Phoenix Multifaith Society, Edmonton: Article including part of the Premier of Alberta's speech.
A LEGACY OF HOPE: A Pastoral Message from the Bishops of Alberta in recognition of and gratitude to the many Catholic Sisters who fearlessly and often sacrificially committed their lives to being a hope-filled presence of healing on behalf of the Kingdom of God.