News from our Sisters in NewfoundlandBack
On the afternoon of 30 August 2016 we gathered in our Motherhouse Chapel to celebrate a Ritual of Blessing for Sisters Emma Rooney and Laurane Pittman in anticipation of their leaving for their new missions in Ireland, Emma as part of the Community at Nano Nagle Place in Cork, and Laurane as part of the Lucan Mission House Community. Sister Sharon Fagan, our outgoing Provincial Leader, in a very moving moment, anointed each one on all our behalf.
Joining Emma and Laurane were Sisters Roisin Gannon and Bernadette Doherty, two of our new Provincial Leadership Team members who had recently come to be with us from England and Ireland, respectively. In another poignant moment of missioning and welcome to our NL Province, all four together as one held our Canadian and Irish flags as if symbolically exchanging them with one another. The flags had been placed on the altar for the Ritual. Embodied beautifully in the flag image is our Oneness as Union in the powerful exchange of energies as we share our gifts world-wide in the spirit of Nano who expressed her desire and her willingness to be of service in any part of the globe.
The four were then joined by Sharon, our outgoing Provincial Leader and Betty Rae Lee, our incoming Provincial Leader, in a moment which further celebrates the continuous unfolding of the abundant graces and communal sharing of gifts manifested amidst our many transitions, our many comings and goings.
Laurane left for Lucan that same evening. Emma will be going on the 20 September 2016, first to Lucan and then to Cork once our new Nano Nagle Place is in readiness.
We extend a profound blessing to them all, and to one another, and beyond to our larger Presentation family. This is indeed a time of inviting and welcoming yet more newness and deeper openness to mission as together we “Dare to be led by God’s Spirit”, called forth more powerfully as part of our being in Union … in Communion … with one another and with all of Creation.
Submitted by Sr Sheila Leonard