CSJ Golden Jubiliarians of 2009
Depicted here are our Golden Jubilarians of 2009. Sisters Jean Gove, Dorothy Grills and Georgette Gregory who entered our novitiate on July 16, 1959, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. United in their life of love and service, their ministries over the past fifty years have gone in very different directions.
Sister Jean's ministry included being a secondary-school teacher, Novice Director, and Dean of St. Joseph's College Residence. As a scholar she has especially studied the works of Canadian author Rudy Wiebe; in the General Administration of our congregation, Sister Jean served as Councillor and General Treasurer. She has recently retired from her post as Financial Officer for the Pontifical Mission Societies.
Sister Georgette has ministered as a nurse, nurse practitioner, director of a home for teenaged girls and as a General Councillor for our congregation. She is presently at Fontbonne Ministries where she serves as Director of In Good Company, a visiting program for isolated individuals seeking emotional, spiritual and social support, and Co-Director of Mustard Seed. She also travels on the Health Bus to bring health services to street people in Toronto.
Sister Dorothy Grills is an artist whose beautiful and thought-provoking paintings evoke the viewers' joy in the mystery of God's goodness. Pictured at left is one of a series of banners reflecting Sister Dorothy's understanding of the Eucharist in images especially meaningful to the aboriginal people. The banners identify communion stations at the annual meeting of more than 40,000 aboriginal people at Lac Ste Anne in Alberta. A stained glass window designed by Sister Dorothy and depicting Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha can be seen at St. Anne's Church on Gerrard St. East in Toronto.
By Mechtilde O'Mara CSJ
Photos by Conrad Lauber CSJ and Eva Solomon CSJ