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Marguerite Bourgeoys’ Feast celebrated in Kingston

Elaine O’Grady, CND

The day of celebration began at the community Mass with the Sisters of Providence, RHSJ’s and CND’s united in praising St. Marguerite. We “sang out her glory” and listened as Sisters Emily Doherty and Eleanor Monahan shared some anecdotes from Marguerite’s life which typified her compassion and mercy as she responded to the needs of the young colonists and their families. In the afternoon the CND Sisters and associates of the city with the Sisters of the other two communities enjoyed a delightful harp concert given by Pat Marshall, someone many sisters will remember as a former CND, who has remained a friend of the community, especially of Sr. Mary Meagher. Pat travelled from Ottawa to entertain us in honour of St. Marguerite. The music included a variety of familiar Christmas Carols, including a French one for Marguerite, Irish songs and some classical renditions. Pat had taken up the harp at the age of 57 thus fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing this beautiful instrument. Now in her early 70’s, Pat plays for her own enjoyment, at weddings and worship services. She plays with a beautiful tone, and her commentary was delightful. Following the concert we retired to the dining room for a delicious roast beef dinner and all the trimmings. It was a wonderful day of being together and sharing in the spirit of our dear Marguerite. 


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