New con­vent un­der­way

Sis­ters of Sa­cred Heart hope to be moved in by March of 2018

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION -

Af­ter their ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion for re-zon­ing of an ex­ist­ing build­ing had been de­nied, the Sis­ters of Sa­cred Heart have en­gaged the Is­land firm, Ma­cLean’s Con­struc­tion Ltd., to build a con­vent (sis­ters’ res­i­dence) on Granville Street in Summerside.

“We are ex­cited that work has com­menced on our new home,” said Sr. Margherita Ianni.

“We are look­ing for­ward to fi­nally liv­ing in it and start­ing the pas­toral work based on our spir­i­tu­al­ity and charism that the Sa­cred Heart of Je­sus has in­spired us to do.”

The two-story con­vent will in­clude a chapel on the main floor, as well as an of­fice, an area for re­ceiv­ing vis­i­tors, the kitchen and the din­ing room. On the sec­ond floor there will be a com­mu­nity room for stud­ies and spir­i­tual read­ing, as well as seven bed­rooms in an­tic­i­pa­tion of more sis­ters in the fu­ture.

In the lower base­ment area there will be a gath­er­ing room for meet­ings, a pantry and a laun­dry room.

Ini­tially it is planned that two other sis­ters will serve at St. Paul’s Par­ish with Ianni — Sr. Mar­ian Li­men and Sr. Juliet Vil­lac­eran.

“We are aim­ing to be there by March 19, 2018,” said Ianni.

“It is our hope to move fur­ni­ture and other ma­te­ri­als into the con­vent be­fore that date, as­sum­ing con­struc­tion is com­plete and the weather is per­mit­ting.”

Ini­tially the sis­ters will be in­volved in teach­ing cat­e­chism, vis­it­ing of the sick in hos­pi­tal and mak­ing pas­toral vis­its to the el­derly in their homes. Their fu­ture plans in­clude the de­vel­op­ment of a day­care cen­tre which would be as­so­ci­ated with their new con­vent.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the new con­vent and the Sis­ters of Sa­cred Heart, con­tact Father Chris Sher­ren, pas­tor at St. Paul’s church in Summerside, at 1-902-436-5112 or of­fice@stpaulsparish.ca.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Worker with Ma­cLean’s Con­struc­tion Ltd. are shown at the build­ing site in Summerside pre­par­ing the forms for the ce­ment foun­da­tion of the new con­vent. From left are car­pen­ters Jamie Cummings, Jeff MacDon­ald and Trevor Arse­nault, as well as site su­per­vi­sor Mike McQuaid.

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