The Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena celebrated 150 years of mission in the archdiocese last Sunday, April 29, the saint’s feast day. In this combined celebration at St Finbar’s RC Church and the Dominican Pastoral Centre, we also marked the diamond jubilee of Sr Monique Moniquette, and the golden jubilees of Sr Laetitia Dookie and Sr Catherine Bernard Thomas. Archbishop Jason Gordon was the chief celebrant at the Mass. Various priests who have worked with our Sisters in some capacity also celebrated.
Archbishop Gordon spoke of the fruitfulness and renewal that result from an integral connection with God, the true vine. This has accounted for the “exemplary and heroic work” of our Sisters over the past 150 years. As Jeremiah did, the Word must be devoured. The difficult moments of pruning experienced by religious congregations are also opportunities for becoming more fruitful. This continues to be our call for the next 150 years!