March 25, 2012, was an exciting day for the sisters of the Provincial House of Prince Albert. During Vespers, on the feast day of the Annunciation, April Mireau was received as a novice.
The whole community gathered at the entrance of the Provincial House waiting for April to knock at the main door and request to enter the novitiate. Following the icon of the Annunciation and the book of the Word of God, we proceeded to the chapel. The provincial superior, the Director of novices, the formation community, April’s family and all the sisters preceded April so that she will not be tempted to look backwards.
During the celebration, Sister Lise Paquette, provincial superior of the sisters, presented April with a medal of Mother Rivier, sealing her commitment as a daughter of Marie Rivier. At that specific moment, Sr. Genevieve Thille was taking her last breath of life. What an experience, as one enters religious life, another one leaves for heaven.
After a simple but moving vespers, the celebration spilled over into a special meal, a time of fellowship with the community and with the Mireau family. April is the oldest of seven children; you can imagine the energy and laughter! We continue to pray for April and for young women who will follow her example by saying “yes” to love. Congratulations April.
April’s entrance in the Novitiate coincided with the 50th Anniversary of the opening of our Provincial house. A well prepared liturgy, readings from our annals and a special meal were part of the festivities.
Our superior general, Mother Angèle Dion, superior general, joined in our celebration by sending us a special message: “Yes, these walls would have many historical stories to share, memories of great desires, rooted in Christ, profound solidity and hope always renewed. Today, you live this hope together by celebrating the entrance of the new postulant, April Mireau to the Novitiate. I come and join with you in celebrating this golden jubilee in this Provincial House. If these walls could only speak, what would they say?”
We continue living in bold faith as we believe in the resurrection and promise of new life. The Spirit is with us, we do not lose hope, for hope holds the seeds of joys to come.