Friday, August 23, 2019

Queenship of Mary in Ottawa at Mass in Blessed Sacrament Parish with Archbishop Prendergast and Newly professed Sisters

A day of Joy for the Sisters of the Queenship of Mary. During the pilgrimage and rosary bowl Mass was celebrated for the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Ottawa. Archbishop Prendergast was the main celebrant along with Auxiliary Bishop Guy Desrochers, Auxiliary Bishop Christian Riesbeck and Bishop Pierre Olivier Tremblay, OMI. Several priests concelebrated the Mass; including many from the Companions of the Cross. (Video of the Event will be added to this post)

At the Mass there occurred the 1st profession of vows for Sister Nicole Mireau and Sister Elaine Jeanson. There was a renewal of vows for Sister Maria of the Merciful Jesus and Sister Rose Clare of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Hundreds attended the Mass parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, nieces, nephews and friends joined in the visible joy of the Sisters.
The Queenship of Mary is a newer order  - Alice Fougère, started the order, and took the name Mother Mary Bernadette. The community is now both contemplative and active. "The contemplative part leads to the active part," she said. The Sisters begin their day at 5:30 a.m. and spend their day in prayer, with Mass, adoration and praying the rosary.

 On March 26, 2012, the date of the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary that year, Prendergast blessed their habits and accepted their first vows. 
Our charism is to pray for priests, to support them in the New Evangelization, to grow in personal holiness by living our vows and by extending ourselves generously to everyone by love,” she said. The community is now both contemplative and active. “The contemplative part leads to the active part,” she said. The day starts at 5:30 a.m. and the sisters are in prayer by 6 a.m. Most of the morning is taken up with prayer, including Mass, adoration and praying the rosary. In their active life, they help out at the parish, preparing the sacraments, visiting the sick, helping with the youth group, washing the linens. They have also become known for their hospitality, having put on receptions and lunches for conferences. They also attend pro-life activities in the diocese. “We’re prayer warriors”, said Mother Mary Bernadette” (Source).
The newly professed sisters were radiant with the joy of the Lord.

After the celebration many gathered in the Hub downstairs in Blessed Sacrament Parish. There were over 100 relics on display for the pilgrimage Rosary Bowl. 
Many family and friends came to celebrate with a special cake and refreshments. Here included NET member Cameron Turner and his wife, Sara Turner who just welcomed their (2nd) new baby into the world.  Newly professed Sister John Paul (Nicole) was formally a member of the NET ministries. 

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