On June 6 we responded to an invitation to attend the official opening of ‘’Hearts of Isle Madame’’, a home for a group of adults with special needs on Isle Madame in Arichat, Nova Scotia, Canada. This building newly renovated for its new mission, was our former convent.
Our charism lives on in this project
Before we left Arichat in 2014, a group of dedicated people wishing to respond to the need for such a home in their area expressed their interest in purchasing our convent. With our encouragement, they presented their request to the authorities of the Congregation. Their project was clearly in line with our charism and answered a definite need on Isle Madame. Our Councils responded favourably to their request and generously lowered the financial cost of the purchase. The group was overwhelmed by the decision and were so very grateful.
An unfailing determination
Then began the proceedings with the Municipal and Provincial governments, proceedings that were long and often discouraging, but the group persevered and we now see the results of their hard work: a completely renovated first floor, with bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living area, all in a welcoming and home-like setting. The staff and care-takers are local people wholly devoted to the residents, offering a 24 hour compassionate and loving presence.
Long presence of the Daughters of Jesus in this community
During the official ceremony, members of the Provincial and Municipal governments, those involved in the proceedings, the local board of ‘’Hearts of Isle Madame Home’’, all had the opportunity to speak, and all profoundly thanked the administration of the Daughters of Jesus for making it possible to purchase the convent and make their dream a reality. They thanked us for our presence among them over the 112 years. They see our charism continuing through the love and compassion with which they will surround the residents of this home.
The official ribbon cutting was done by one of the residents and applauded by all. An opportunity was given to visit the premises and lunch was served.
God’s blessing on this project
We are extremely happy to have been part of this celebration and have witnessed first-hand Christ’s humanity honoured in those of our brothers and sisters with special needs. May this wonderful project continue to prosper, and may God bless all those involved in its future.
Jacqueline Martel fj, Jénita Méthot fj, Moncton, Canada