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Sister Andrea Dumont Honoured by Catholic Missions in Canada

On April 23, 2015, Sister Andrea Dumont received the St. Joseph Award from Catholic Missions in Canada in recognition of her 46 years of missionary work in Guatemala and northern Canada.
 
For her first nine years in Northern Canada, she worked in Grand Rapids and Easterville. Since 1991, Sister Andrea has been a missionary in the St. Lawrence parish in Thompson, Manitoba, a mining town with a population of 15,000 and without Catholic schools.
 
"I work in adult religious education," says Sister Andrea, which involves sacramental preparation, training lay presiders and those involved in other ministries, and organizing the program for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Salt of the Earth, Sister Andrea Dumont CSJ, St. Joseph Award 2015
"Salt of the Earth,"
Sister Andrea Dumont CSJ,
St. Joseph Award 2015
 
Her ministry in the parish includes making the faith accessible to others: movies with discussions, her Spiritual Thoughts newspaper columns about faith for the Nickel Belt News, home visits to people who are sick, spiritual support to individuals, preparing the coffee for the after-Sunday-Mass fellowship gathering, and also opening her home to visiting missionaries.
 
"I do whatever I think might bring people in touch with Jesus to form a personal relationship with Him," says Sister Andrea. "My aim is not to do everything for them, but to be the catalyst which forms and enables them to have a vibrant church community."
Sister Andrea Dumont receiving her award from former Canadian prime minister Joh
Sister Andrea Dumont receiving her award from former
Canadian prime minister John Turner and being congratulated
by Hazel McCallion, former mayor of Mississauga, Ontario (l-r).
 
Catholic Missions in Canada (CMIC) began the St. Joseph Award in 1993 to recognize the achievements of missionaries with over 20 years of experience in Canada. Father Philip J. Kennedy, President of CMIC, expressed his appreciation for Sister Andrea's work and influence in Guatemala and Canada. Asked what he admired most, he replied, "Her dedication. She's a center of Christian hospitality. She has taken people under her wing and been a wonderful companion on their journeys of faith."
 
Sister Andrea received the award at A Taste of Heaven, an annual fundraising gala for CMIC. Eleven Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto were present.
 
Standing: Sisters Nida Fe Chavez, Dorothy Schweitzer, Marcella Iredale, Mechtilde O'Mara, Trudy Zunti, Thérèse Meunier, Cecilia Barry, Mary Catherine Doyle, Pat Boucher and Rosemary Fry (l-r). Seated: Sisters Andrea Dumont and Rosalie Siegler (l-r).
 
For Sister Andrea, faith is a precious gift to be shared. "My faith in God touches everything I do in life." She sees the St. Joseph Award as something else she shares with others. "To me, this award is a way of recognizing everyone who is a missionary in the north and everywhere else in the world."
 
In the following video, Sister Andrea speaks about her work as a missionary and what the St. Joseph Award means to her.
 
 
Video courtesy of www.cmic.info.

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