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Frances Connell

On Saturday, June 10, the Miramichi Associates gathered at St Mary’s Church for their annual Retreat. Sr. Eleanor McCloskey, CND, was the facilitator for the day. We enjoyed a delicious lunch. Our Journeying Candidate, Carol, will soon make her First Commitment. A cake was presented to Sr. Eleanor honouring her 60th anniversary of profession.

Creative Gifts of Miramichi Associates

Miramichi Associate Geraldine Gordon depicted her version of The Visitation in a quilted banner. She is an accomplished quilter having quilted numerous prizewinning quilts. She belongs to the Miramichi Quilters Guild and teaches quilting. Her banner is displayed at all our Associate meetings.


Associate Gail McKibbon presented one of her knitted prayer shawls to Sister Eleanor at our recent retreat. Gail is founder and director of her parish prayer shawl ministry which has given over a thousand handmade blessed shawls to people across Canada and beyond.

In Frances’ own words

In this painting of The Visitation, Mary and Elizabeth are pictured under the rays of a blazing sun sharing their encounter over food and drink; a cup of tea or coffee so prevalent in our every-day culture of Atlantic Canada and else-where. This is the timeless ritual we know so well; conversation, eating, communication, meeting and bonding together.

The water pots signify fullness, fecundity and abundance. It is a foretaste of the wedding feast of Cana where Mary makes her request. "Do whatever He tells you."

Young Mary has travelled a long and dusty mountain road. She is now safe with her elderly cousin Elizabeth where she finds warmth, joy, affection, food and drink and the blessed gift of companion-ship.

It is what we strive to achieve each day in our simple encounters with friends and family, acquaintances and complete strangers. Daily we encounter the loving Face of God reflected in bright smiles, loving cups of compassion and healing and reaching out to The Other. These occasions of meeting and communication bond us to Mary and Elizabeth, Marguerite the traveller, Jesus our Guide on the Way and to one another. 


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