Mother Mary Josephine Mulligan 1920-1996
Mother Mary Josephine Mulligan was born March 23 1920, in Quyon, Quebec, the fourth child of thirteen. She entered the novitiate of the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception on September 29 1937 at the Motherhouse in Pembroke. Her Novice Mistress, Sister Mary Philomena made an indelible impression on her about what religious life must be: a life in imitation of Christ, to practice His virtues, and to do His Will in all things, great and small.
After pronouncing her first vows on July 28, 1939 she was assigned to different houses and works of the community, as well as seven years at the mission in Yamasa, Dominican Republic where she taught school. After her return to Canada, she held the position of principal at St. George's school in Ottawa and also later at the cathedral school in Pembroke. In 1974 she obtained her Masters degree in Religious Education from St. Michael's School of Theology in Toronto. She returned to Pembroke and became director of religious education for the Diocese.
She wondered what could be done to improve the teaching of catechism. She prayed and began to see that she should make a new beginning. The outlines of how our community developed can be read on our community history page. From its beginning in 1977 to 1996, Mother Mary Josephine guided the new community with holiness and wisdom. Mother Mary Josephine died suddenly before Mass on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 9, 1996.
Father William Lloyd Ryan 1917-2003
William Lloyd Ryan was born and baptized on Sunday June 3 1917 in North Brant, Ontario and was the third of eleven children. He entered St. Augustine's Seminary in Scarborough in 1936 and was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1940 at Christ the King Cathedral in Hamilton, Ontario. Being only 23 years of age, special permission was needed for him to be ordained so young.
Throughout his life as a diocesan priest in the Diocese of Hamilton, he gave himself totally to his vocation of priesthood at every Parish to which he was assigned. It was while he was Pastor of Church of Our Lady in Guelph 1969-1979 that he helped to found the community of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate. How this came about can be read about on our community history page. Father's last official assignment as a Pastor was at St. Clement's Parish in St. Clement's, Ontario 1979-1992. During his retirement he was still busy with priestly duties, serving the spiritual needs of the Caremelite Nuns in St. Agatha and those of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate among others. On February 18, 2003, after a brief illness, Father Ryan peacefully passed from this life into eternity.
Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine et lux perpetua luceat eis.