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Poor Man’s Dinner to help retired Cluny Sisters

The Helen Chorale of St Joseph will host a Poor Man’s Dinner on November 9 at St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph from 6 p.m. During the dinner, entertainment will be provided by the Helen Chorale and the St Joseph’s RC Youth Choir.

Funds raised are slated for Lourdes House, Arouca. Opened and blessed in 2004 by Archbishop Edward Gilbert CSsR, the home is dedicated to the comfort and care of the elderly Sisters of the congregation of St Joseph of Cluny after their years of selfless service.

The St Joseph of Cluny congregation, which is present in 60 countries (five continents), first came to Trinidad in 1836 when it was invited to the English-speaking West Indies to educate the daughters of French planters. Its purpose has expanded far beyond that original role.

The congregation has made its mark in several areas particularly in education, health, pastoral and social work. The impact of these Sisters on our society is immeasurable and space only permits mention of a few.

Over the years, many Sisters have received national awards in the various islands where they worked. Most recently Dr Sr Phyllis Wharfe SJC received the Medal of Merit Gold in the 2019 National Awards for the Education and Empowerment of Young Women.

Sr Jean Devenish-Huggins SJC worked in the fields of education and music. She was the foundress of the Helen Chorale, which she named after her own mentor Sr Helen de Verteuil SJC.

For tickets for the Poor Man’s Dinner, kindly call 642-4921 or 381-8894.

Tickets are $200. If you would like to

give a donation to this most worthy cause kindly call 774-8502.