16 June 2011

Habemus Matrem!

We used to call her "Sister Mary Compostina" or "Sister Mary Trash" ... because she is so faithful to doing small things (like taking out the trash and battling the bugs on the way to the compost bins) with great love -- and a BIG SMILE ... but now we call her MOTHER JACQUELINE.

On Monday morning, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and in the presence of Rev'd Msgr. Charles Antonicelli, the chapter sisters of our monastery elected Sister to be our 30th Mother Superior in the 212th year of our foundation. God be praised!

We are most grateful to Mother Mary Berchmans for her service to our community. After almost a decade of GOLD team leadership, we have a WHITE team sister at the helm (and the white team won the banner for 2010-11 .... hmmm, this doesn't bode well for the GOLD team!)

With the sharing of this news, we also take a summer break from regular blogging as many of us will be making our annual retreats and attending meetings, etc. We will resume normal posting in the fall. Stay tuned!

09 June 2011

Graduation 2011

Before this week's heatwave set in, we were blessed with a positively beautiful morning for the 212th commencement exercises here at Georgetown Visitation. At 11.08am the 121st soon-to-be graduate took her place on the stage and the ceremony began with a prayer. The address to the graduates was delivered by Sister Deirdre Byrne who left the graduates with some excellent advice and loving words. We hope our readers enjoy a short "highlight reel" from a glorious morning under the tent on McNabb Field.

05 June 2011

Big Day at Day Care

On Friday 3 June, it was a big day at Visitation's Day Care. Four students graduated and several others were promoted. It was an exciting day for all involved. Above, Sister Maginel opens the commencement exercises with a prayer.

The students and Ms. Isaacs close the graduation with a prayer of thanksgiving. The ceremony was attended by parents, teachers, sisters and a few flying guests. ;) For more pictures of the Day Care graduation -- and for some pictures of the "Nursery School" graduation (transplants into the monastery garden) click here.

"While we are little children, we are wise like little children, we speak like little children, we love like little children, but when we shall come to our perfect growth, there above in heaven, we shall be freed from our state of infancy, and love God perfectly."
St. Francis de Sales