Unveiling a Monument to Sisters in Saskatchewan
On October 1, Sisters Penny McDonald and Mary Doreen Smith joined over 350 people at the Wascana Centre park in Regina, Saskatchewan. In an audience that included more than 180 religious Sisters, they witnessed the unveiling of Called to Serve, a monument commemorating religious women in Saskatchewan.
The bronze monument depicts two nuns. One is a teacher holding books and a school bell and the other is a nurse with a stethoscope and blanket. Called to Serve was commissioned by Saskatchewan Catholic Connections as a tribute to the approximately 5,500 Catholic Sisters who have served Saskatchewan in education and health care since 1860.
"The Called to Serve monument was beautiful," said Sister Penny. "The faces of the two women in the monument were filled with joy."
"We were touched," said Sister Mary Doreen Smith, "by how the monument depicted who we are as women religious."
The Called to Serve monument.
The bronze statues were created by Jack Jensen, a Saskatchewan artist and engineer based in Prince Albert.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto had a community of Sisters in Saskatchewan from 1935 to 1970. From 1983 to 1997, Sister Mary Doreen Smith was the Saskatoon diocesan coordinator for working with the deaf community. Sister Penny McDonald was a high school student in Rosetown, Saskatchewan. Together, Sister Penny and Sister Mary represented one of the 59 religious orders in attendance at the unveiling.
"These Sisters laid the foundation for modern day education and health care delivery in Saskatchewan," said Sandra Kary, the monument's project leader. "Their legacy is worthy of this recognition."
After the unveiling and blessing, there was a celebratory Mass at the nearby Holy Rosary Cathedral.
"Both Sister Mary Doreen and I," says Sister Penny, "are very grateful for the favor and for the honor of representing our Congregation in Regina on October 1."
Click here to see the video of the monument unveiling.
By Ibrahim Ng
Photos courtesy of the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan