PRINCE ALBERT - On June 25, the counselling services office of Catholic Family Services (CFS) in Prince Albert was re-named in honor of the foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross, Adèle de Murinais.
At the dedication celebration, executive director, Louis Zurowski explained the history of friendship with the sisters.
During the summer of 2014, the office air conditioner ceased functioning, making office life unbearable in the heat. Repairs were no longer sufficient. The director knew band-aid solutions were at an end and major decisions needed to be made.
A board meeting was called and a decision was made to replace the unit. After much discussion, treasurer, Sr. Michelle Blanchette PM, approached long-time friends, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross. They graciously provided the funding necessary for the considerable purchase. Since that time, the religious order pledged to cover all costs associated with the office heating and cooling systems.
At the end of the celebration in June, Sr. Alice LeClaire, St. Therese LeClaire and Sr. Marie Raiwet presented a cheque to Catholic Family Services in the amount of $500,000.
Jeannette Eddolls, chairperson and volunteer for eleven years with the counselling services was overcome with emotion. She shared words could not express how much the gift was appreciated.
Sr. Blanchette described Adèle as someone who had a love of children and concern for the poor. She saw health care and education as a means to help the poor. Together with the parish priest, they organized an association for their charity work, the Daughters of St. Vincent de Paul, later known as the Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross.
As the foundation grew, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross opened five convents and opened a second hand store.
In 1944, the sisters travelled to the Prince Albert Diocese to begin a house for the elderly in Marcelin. Bishop Leo Blais requested them to build in Prince Albert. The residence exists today as the Mont St. Joseph Care Home.
Sr. Alice LeClaire, St. Therese LeClaire and Sr. Marie Raiwet then presented a cheque to Catholic Family Services in the amount of $500,000.
Upon being asked how a lay woman could found a religious order, Sr. Alice explained she tells people Adèle did what she felt she needed to do.
“She was a very religious woman. She would be glad we are giving our money to this organization, it would make her happy.”
Bishop Albert Thévenot, M. Afr. said that God is always present when extending our hands to those who are in need, as the services provided by CFS.
Zurowski and Eddolls accepted the cheque on behalf of the organization.
“As a sign of our gratitude, we are renaming our offices after the Sisters of the Lady of the Cross foundress, Adèle de Murinais. It really has provided our agency with a solid home. It’s a super generous gift.”
(Missing from photo is Sr. Marie?)
Sr. Alice LeClaire, Sr. Therese LeClaire, Sr. Marie Raiwet