Celebrating Sisters' Contributions in Saskatchewan
Communities all over Saskatchewan were calling people home to celebrate the province's centennial. The Association of the Sisters of Saskatchewan wasn't going to let the women religious be left out. So they set up a committee chaired by Sister Theresita Kambeitz OSU. This group organized a homecoming for Sisters who had ministered in Saskatchewan or were, at present still serving in the province. They invited Sisters to attend the "Shaping a Gentle Province" conference in Saskatoon from Sept. 9 - 10, 2005, at St. Patrick's parish hall.
Thirty-five different congregations sent 300 Sisters. The first day was for Sisters only. The second day was open to the public: associates, co-workers, friends and supporters.
We learned that 56 different congregations served in Saskatchewan. A total of 5,500 Sisters offered 80,000 years of service. These days served as a festive remembrance and celebration of the contribution Catholic Sisters made in shaping the province.
It was wonderful being there in my home province in the midst of it all! Sharing, remembering and celebrating God's marvellous deeds achieved through these Sisters who worked hard and sacrificed much as they reached out to people in need. They took on many challenges and risks, all in a spirit of hope, love and faith.
Many stories were shared, since story telling played a big part in this get-together. Remembered were 100 years of warmth, heart and faith that the Sisters brought. People said they carry these qualities to this day and pass them along to others. In the midst of all the Sisters and people who had gathered, I felt surrounded by this warmth, heart and faith. We thanked God for having chosen these women to do his work and be his instruments. We thanked God for all these women who responded to God's call.