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Sr. Ann Marie Strileckis and Sr. Kathleen Dorney

Sr. Kathleen Dorney and I loved "volunteering" at Notre Dame de Bon Secours the last week of August. We quickly fell into a routine of feeding off one another. Often it started with a "Hello" and if they answered in English, we asked where they were from. If they told us they were from the Boston, Chicago, Florida, Connecticut or New York area, we always asked what town?  If they were from New Jersey, I deferred to Kathleen! We had great Visitation encounters, not only from the USA, but all over Canada and the world. The Japanese were thrilled when we gave them brochures in Japanese and told them of our sisters. One woman was from Estonia and when I told her I was Lithuanian, she invited me to come to Estonia. One man from Chicago greeted me in Lithuanian. We met and spoke with people from China, India, Germany, Sri Lanka, London, Scotland, and Argentina; a nun from Uganda prayed at both Marguerite and Jeanne Le Ber's tombs for her foundress's canonization! The only hard part was the Montreal Metro stairs! 


Sister Jeanne Bonneau, sister Kathleen Dorney and sister Ann Marie Strileckis

Because Bon Secours Chapel was closed Monday, we went earlier and asked Sr. Jeanne Bonneau to come with us to Quebec City and Grosse Ile, an island in the St. Lawrence that served as Canada’s Ellis Island, in particular during the Irish Famine. We crossed the St. Lawrence on Sunday for a full, meaningful and touching tour of the historic island.


Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré shrine

On Monday, we went and saw the latest mural of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys at St. Anne de Beaupré Shrine. Thursday, we cut out of "work" early and once again Sr. Jeanne drove us, this time  over the Mercier Bridge to St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s tomb at Kahnawake. On Friday, to top it off, we managed to stop in at both St. Patrick's Basilica and Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral!! We had stopped at Notre Dame Basilica earlier in the week!! We had not quite made the 7 churches, only managed 6 major ones!! However, if you count the mother house chapel Mass of sending one of their favorite priest off to serve the Canadian bishops and Mass at our Quebec City convent chapel, we did 8!!! 


St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s tomb at Kahnawake

 

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