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Sister Ellen Hickey

Although I did not live with her or teach with her or attend her classes, I feel privileged to have known her brilliant mind and sparkling personality in her final years even though old age was taking its toll. Meeting her was like stepping into a warm sunbeam. She was always upbeat, smiling, greeting me warmly and reciting some lines from a song or poem and always with the remarkable ability to make you laugh. She introduced me to many fine writers and poets from the past and also those from our present day and shared great literature and stories of her family and childhood and days of teaching. I always took great delight in listening to her. She believed each one of us is the architect of our own destiny. She often said, "We must always be open to a capacity for wonder and discovery. At every age the human imagination must be nourished, cultivated and enriched." She was always very optimistic about the future of the church and religious life and said that we must experience pain and loss before anything great and beautiful can arise. We must never lose hope in ourselves and in our future. Thank you dear Sister Ellen for bringing so much joy and laughter, positive thinking and hope for the future into our lives. We shall long remember you.



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Visitation Provincial Assembly – Toronto, July 6-10, 2015

Three Associates will represent Visitation East at this Assembly and bring back information for the Maritime Associates. Bernadette Fegan (Halifax Associate) will join the Co-Coordinators in visiting Associate Groups this Fall to share the ideas that the speaker, Sr Nancy Sylvester (Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) provided at the Assembly on the topic of Contemplation and Contemplative Prayer. 

For more info on Sr Nancy Sylvester’s work, please visit her website at www.iccdinstitute.org/home/nancy-sylvester-ihm/

47th Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education June 14-19, 2015

Free Range Spirituality: Spirituality for Today’s World 

47th Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education

June 14-19, 2015 at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, Truro, NS

Guest Speakers are Diarmuid O’Murchu and Nancy Steeves

For info on this Seminar and Registration Form, please visit the Atlantic Seminar Theological Education site at www.astes.ca 

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