New convent underway
Sisters of Sacred Heart hope to be moved in by March of 2018
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 email@example.com.
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.