Fifth General Chapter of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate
We held our Fifth Ordinary General Chapter of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate at Mount Mary Retreat Centre in Ancaster this past week. The sessions began on Sunday, July 14th with the election of our leadership for the next four years. Mother Elizabeth Marie Cormier, SOLI was elected Superior General. The First Counsellor and Assistant General is Sister Bernadette Caron, SOLI. Sisters Aracely Lartategui, SOLI, Mary Catherine Perdue, SOLI and Mary Augustine Hardy, SOLI were elected as Councillors. Appointed by Mother General with the approval of the Council was the General Treasurer, Sister Michael Daniel Dumais, SOLI and the General Secretary, Sister Mary Catherine Perdue, SOLI.
We offer grateful appreciation to Mother Dorothy Nzekwe, SOLI, who has served for the past 12 years as Superior General of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate, for her constant and dedicated hard work in service of our religious community. We also extend our deep gratitude to Very Rev. Wayne Lobsinger, Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life in the Diocese of Hamilton, who has greatly supported our community during the Chapter and the time leading up to it, and additionally thank Rev. Francis Morrisey, OMI for his invaluable assistance throughout our Chapter meetings. We look forward to continuing to serve Christ and His Church through our consecrated life of prayer and communal living, and in our varied ministries in the Diocese of Hamilton and the other Dioceses where we serve.
The Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate
Monday, July 22, 2019.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Patronal Feast
of The Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate, December 8, 2018
First Profession of Vows, New Novice, and New Postulants
Congratulations to Sister Maria Joseph, SOLI on your First Profession of Vows, Sister Mary Philomena on becoming a Novice
and Viola and Jennifer on becoming Postulants in the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate.
Perpetual Profession of Vows
The SOLI Community rejoices together with Sister Margaret Mary, SOLI, on the occasion of her Perpetual Profession of Vows on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, August 15, 2018. Bishop Douglas Crosby performed the ceremony and was joined by a number of priests of the Diocese. Sister Margaret Mary is originally from Nova Scotia and was grateful to have some of her family join her as she made her life-long commitment to Christ in the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate. Deo Gratias!
Welcome to Jennifer and Viola, our two newest Candidates who entered on the feast of the Nativity of Mary. May Our Lady bless them abundantly and draw their hearts ever closer to Our Lord Jesus as they take this first step towards total consecration.
Celebrating our Call to Holiness on our Founding Day!
It is hard to believe our little religious family is now 41 years old! We were blessed to celebrate our Founding Day on August 1st, at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate where we began, after this year's Annual Retreat with Father Alan Benander, O. Praem, of the Norbertines of St Michael's Abbey in Orange County, California.We are grateful to Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother for their constant loving care of these little daughters of theirs. Father Ryan, our Founder, always kept us focused on the meaning of our lives as religious: "You have dedicated your lives to Our Lord and your primary purpose is to live a true religious life--this is your primary purpose. Your goal is to make that dedication more and more perfect, to grow in your love for Our Lord daily; to become saints. That is your great work in life".
Congratulations Sister Aracely!
Congratulations to Sister Aracely, SOLI, on obtaining her Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies and the Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma from Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, VA, USA this past summer!
The Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate are pleased to announce the opening of a new mission!At the invitation of His Excellency, Most Rev. William McGrattan, Bishop of Peterborough, the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate have been invited to participate in the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Peterborough. Sr. Bernadette and Sr. Mary Catherine have been appointed Principal and Vice-Principal respectively of Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic School.
The Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate are a contemplative-active community of religious women founded in Guelph, Ontario by Mother Mary Josephine Mulligan and Father W. Lloyd Ryan on August 1, 1977 within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. The general aim of our Community is to strive for holiness of life in imitation of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Holy Mother Mary. Our charism in the Church is to offer our lives, prayers and works to God for the growth and spread of the Catholic Faith through a Eucharistic and Marian spirituality and in conformity with the teachings of the Holy Father and the College of Bishops in union with him. In response to the needs of the Church, the Sisters have as their apostolates the education of youth, particularly in the field of catechetics, and the care of the elderly and the deprived.