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Marie St. Coeur, CND

On October 25, 1869, three sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame arrived in Newcastle, NB, to begin their work of educating young people. Their presence has lasted to this day. To acknowledge appreciation, a statue of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, has been placed in the church foyer. This statue was donated to the Sisters long ago by Mr. and Mrs. John O’Brien, parishioners and local business people. It found an honored place in the last two residences of the sisters. We are pleased it has now found a home in our parish church.

At our weekend liturgy, October 19, a special ceremony was held to bless and place the statue, together with the plaque indicating its history. The assembled parish expressed appreciation to all the Sisters who worked so hard to form and inspire our faith community for almost a century and a half. We honor Saint Marguerite, first teacher of Canada who stands with a book in her hands reminding us of the importance of learning and education.

Marie St. Coeur, CND (edit from Parish Bulletin)


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