Sis­ter Gla­dys rec­og­nized for 60 years as a Mercy Sis­ter

For­mer teacher taught in schools across New­found­land, in­clud­ing St. Lawrence

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY CYN­THIA FAR­RELL ST. LAWRENCE, N.L.

The Ro­man Catholic parish of St. Lawrence and Lawn held a cel­e­bra­tion on Sept. 23 to hon­our Sis­ter Gla­dys Bozic on her 60 years of ser­vice to the Con­gre­ga­tion of the Sis­ters of Mercy.

Sis­ter Gla­dys has worked for the parish of St. Lawrence and Lawn, along with Sis­ter Ellen Marie, for the past four years. How­ever, this was not her first time in St. Lawrence. She taught school in St. Lawrence from 1964 un­til 1968.

Bozic was one of seven chil­dren, born and raised in Black Duck Brook on the Port au Port Penin­sula, where she re­ceived her school­ing in a one-room school.

“Can any good come out of Black Duck Brook?” she said with a laugh.

Bozic al­ways wanted to be a teacher and be­gan her teach­ing

God has an in­ten­tion for ev­ery en­counter you have. — Sis­ter Gla­dys Bozic

ca­reer as soon as she com­pleted Grade 11. At 15, she was asked to teach school in Long Point on the west coast. Dur­ing her sum­mer va­ca­tion, she at­tended sum­mer school and in time, ob­tained her teach­ing de­gree.

Bozic taught in Black Duck Brook un­til her par­ents granted their per­mis­sion for her to pur­sue the dream of be­com­ing a Sis­ter of Mercy. She en­tered into the con­gre­ga­tion of the Sis­ters of Mercy when she was 20 and went on to teach in St. John’s, St. Lawrence, Bri­gus, Curl­ing, Cor­ner Brook and St. Ge­orge’s.

“God has an in­ten­tion for ev­ery en­counter you have,” she noted.

Af­ter teach­ing so many years, she was hired by the depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion to work as a French co-or­di­na­tor with the school board and later be­came the French su­per­in­ten­dent. When the French com­mu­ni­ties on the Port au Port Penin­sula re­quested French-first lan­guage school­ing from the prov­ince, she was asked to serve as a French con­sul­tant. Hence, she was re­spon­si­ble for the French-first lan­guage school on the Port Au Port Penin­sula.

Bozic is a lady of many tal­ents. Along with her ed­u­ca­tional and re­li­gious back­ground, she is a poet, gar­dener and co­me­dian. She is cer­ti­fied in many heal­ing ther­a­pies such as ear can­dling, heal­ing touch, Reiki, and Brain Gym. She re­mains vig­i­lant in her parish du­ties, per­form­ing her heal­ing ther­a­pies in a small room she named Padre Poi at the parish house. Those heal­ing ther­a­pies are free ser­vices pro­vided to the parish of St. Lawrence and Lawn.

Many hon­ours

MC for the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tion was Bren Hynes. Among the guests was Tracey Moores, who rep­re­sented Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity MP Churence Rogers. She pre­sented a cer­tifi­cate of con­grat­u­la­tions to Bozic. Deb­bie Etchegary, rep­re­sent­ing MHA Carol Anne Ha­ley, and the parish coun­cil pre­sented a cer­tifi­cate from Ha­ley and flow­ers from the parish coun­cil. Mayor Paul Pike of St. Lawrence and Kate Ed­wards, rep­re­sent­ing the Town of Lawn and the Lawn parish fi­nance coun­cil, pre­sented cer­tifi­cates of con­grat­u­la­tions, as well.

Bozic had the au­di­ence in stitches when speak­ing about her ex­pe­ri­ences over 60 years. On a more sin­cere note, she was hum­bled that her parishioners would throw such a classy cel­e­bra­tion.

“The en­tire cel­e­bra­tion looked as if I was get­ting mar­ried,” she said. “Right down to the dec­o­ra­tions, white cov­ered chairs and then asked if I would come for­ward and cut the cake. I was hon­oured and I thank ev­ery­one for that.”

CYN­THIA FAR­RELL SPE­CIAL TO THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Tracey Moores, left, presents a cer­tifi­cate on be­half of MP Churence Rogers to Sis­ter Gla­dys Bozic.

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