Sister Irene Butler
... it was just wonderful to be part of the lives of so many people...
Newfoundland was not even part of Canada when I entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph as a landed immigrant. After my novitiate, my ministry in food supervision took me right across Canada: to Comox Hospital; then to a small community in windy Prince Rupert; returning east to a high school in Oshawa; then to larger institutions, Morrow Park and Providence Villa; followed by years as hostess at our summer residence in Orillia.
It didn't matter what city or what province I was in, it was just wonderful to be part of the lives of so many people and to share so many different experiences. At Providence Villa (now Providence Healthcare), as coordinator of volunteers both youth and adult, I was impressed with the spirit of generosity in people and their compassion for others.
After Invermara, I moved to the college to work in a Drop-in on Bond Street in Toronto, for women living in hostels. There, we tried to give the women back their respect and to make a difference in their lives. Staying at our university residence for young women allowed me the opportunity to support and encourage young women. Interacting with them was great fun, while they inspired me with their youthful ambitions.
At Morrow Park in pastoral ministry with our Sisters, I am happy in their service. It has been wonderful to walk together toward God with so many people.