When we kicked off the 2016-2017 school year in September, we not only welcomed some new teachers and new students; we welcomed a new pastor as well. Father James Cruz joined St. Raymond’s on Labor Day. In addition to Fr. Cruz and our new staff members, we also opened a third Pre-K3, a third Second Grade, a fourth Fifth Grade, and a Pre-Honors 6th Grade. St. Raymond remains the largest elementary school in the Archdiocese of New York.
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Sr. Helen Mary Haigh Provincial of Europe, shared the text of a talk given by one of our Syrian sisters, Sr. Annie Demerjian. During October, Sr. Annie was in England, speaking there to various groups on behalf of her people. An excerpt from her presentation is given below.
“Let me tell you that what we are experiencing in Syria, especially in the city of Aleppo, is indescribable and chilling. All human values given by God to man in order to live in peace and dignity have been obliterated from the scene.
And it came to pass in the days of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, that Fr. Andrew, pastor at St. Timothy parish in Warwick, RI and Sr. Vivian, RJM conceived the notion of creating a St. Claudine Mercy Garden. Lo, a parish committee of parishioners, Sr. Doris and Sr. Vivian was called forth to meet and “make a plan”. Sr. Vivian sent word to Sr. Patricia Brito who directed her to Sr. Fabian, Provincial of Bolivia, who knew of a sculptor with an extra statue, the first one having been purchased by Sr. Patricia. And, behold, the statue was purchased.
5th October 2016: I awoke to at 5.30 this morning as hurricane Matthew continued to rage in Jean Rabel, NW Haiti. The wind howled and the rain poured down. We thanked our lucky stars we were fortunate to be living upstairs over the local school in the town. This meant we were unlikely to have rain coming in the doors regardless of how many inches fell. Many were not so lucky; I saw children busy trying to get rid of about 12 inches of water outside the door of their home at about 9.00 am this morning.
Early next week, Srs. Marge, Rosemary and Rita will share a few of their “highlights” on the General Conference. Meanwhile, check the Congregational website, for updates and pictures of our General Conference taking place in Rome from October 4 - 14.