Sisters Honoured at the Blessing of Our Lady of Mercy Wing
On Dec. 5, 2011, St. Joseph Health Centre recognized the legacy of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, during the official blessing ceremony of the new Our Lady of Mercy Patient Care Wing.
After a welcome by Carolyn Baker, president and CEO of the Health Centre, Sr. Thérèse Meunier, Congregational Leader, who shared that she was born "at St. Joseph’s on this day, a few years ago" offered the opening prayer and reflection.
"Gracious God, you call us daily to the works of mercy, to care for the sick, to heal the wounded, to comfort the sorrowing, to visit the lonely, to pray for the dying… " she began. In the remarks that followed the prayer, she traced the story of the Sisters’ 160 years of healing ministry in creating a community of compassion and care. In 1921, the Sisters established St. Joseph’s Hospital, a community-based hospital in the west end of the city. Four years later the Sisters established Our Lady of Mercy Hospital on Sackville St. in Toronto. In 1939, Mercy Hospital was relocated to Sunnyside Ave. adjacent to St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 1980, the two hospitals merged into a single organization, becoming St. Joseph Health Centre.
His Grace, Archbishop Thomas Collins, then blessed the building. He was followed by Marilynne Day-Linton, Chair of the Foundation, who offered a thank you from the foundation. Then the OLM date stone was unveiled. A reception was held and the annual Festival of Lights followed in the main entrance.
To read the full story of the ceremony on the St. Joseph's Health Centre website, see "St. Joe's celebrates its past, present and future in health care".
On the same website, St. Joseph Health Centre also honours its legacy by posting memories of those who have been involved with the centre. Sisters Grace Sauvé, Margaret Ann Hazelton, and Mary Carmen McLean have testimonials on there. (When you click on the boxes with their quotes, their stories appear.)
By Gisela Côté
Photos courtesy of Roger Harris, St. Joseph Health Centre