SOLI Opens New Mission in the Diocese of St Catharine's
Our Lady of Lourdes Convent, Thorold, Ontario
With joy I announce to you that the project of renovating the interior of our new Mission Convent in Thorold, Ontario is now completed and our Sisters moved in on January 30, 2016. Our deepest gratitude goes to our able volunteers of various skills and talents. God indeed, is a provident Father who is never outdone in generosity. He continually provides for the needs of those who put their trust in him.
A year ago on February 27, 2015 three of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate set out for a mission to the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Catharines at the invitation of his Excellency, Most Rev. G. F. Bergie. Unable to find a suitable house initially, we rented a residential home as a temporary convent as we searched for a suitable location where we could settle permanently. In the spring of 2015 we came upon a century-old building that seemed to meet our needs for a convent and we began the process of acquiring the house and property. Little did we know what lay ahead of us as we finalize the deal. As we began some cosmetic touch-ups, with the hope of moving in in September of 2015, we realized that the interior of the house needed a total renovation, and this began a four- month project of interior remodelling. At the beginning everything seemed insurmountable considering the amount of work needed and our limited resources. God put it in our hearts to reach out for help from the members of the Mystical Body of His Son, Jesus Christ. We called and God came to our assistance by pulling together volunteers of every skill and talent ranging from carpentry, electrical, flooring, painting to fundraising and interior decorating skills. We were equally supported with monetary and furniture donations. Indeed, God always surprises us with his unbounded generosity. We are truly grateful. All these talented good Samaritans came from the Parishioners of St. Aloysius, in Thorold, the Knights of Columbus, St. Catharines, and other neighboring cities. They all worked harmoniously until the project was happily brought to a successful completion.
To all of you who were involved in this work of God, we sincerely thank you for your sacrificial generosity, and unalloyed charity. You have given to this little Community more than a cup of cold water because we are brides of Christ. May you receive that abundant reward promised by Our Lord to such givers. Thanks to God’s grace and your relentless efforts, we can confidently say today that we have a brand new home, much better and sturdier than the standard modern construction of today. Our sincerest gratitude also goes to His Excellency, Most Rev. G. Bergie for his fatherly and moral support and Father Ken Webb, FSSP, without whom, this missionary endeavour would not have been a reality. May God grant abundant fruits to the work of our hands in His vineyard in the Diocese of St. Catharine’s. May we continue to work together in furthering the Kingdom of God on earth that we may one day, be together in that heavenly Kingdom where God will be all in all.
Sincerely in Our Lady Immaculate,
Mother Dorothy N. Nzekwe,Superior General
Please view our picture gallery of the Newly renovated Convent Here.
Welcome to our Newest Candidates and Congratulations to our New Novice!
As we celebrate the beautiful Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, we also celebrate the birth of two new vocations to our SOLI Community! We welcome to our religious family Candidates Kiara Govia and Susan Rossiter and we rejoice together with our newest novice Sister Mary Isidore, SOLI!
“I want to say one word
to you and this word is joy.
Wherever consecrated people are,
there is always joy!”.
First Profession of Vows and New Candidates!
Our Blessed Mother has certainly made this a year filled with grace and joy for our Community! On September 8th, Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sister Maria Immaculata professed her First Vows as a Sister of Our Lady Immaculate and Marion Coffey together with Agnus Mariae Lucas entered the SOLI family as Candidates. His Excellency, Bishop Daniel Miehm offered the Mass and was assisted by Father Wayne Lobsinger, Espiscopal Vicar for Religious for the Diocese of Hamilton. We were also grateful to have Fathers Paul Casullo and Tim Higgins concelebrate the Mass and seminarian David Avila serve at the altar. The sisters families travelled from far and wide to share in the blessings of the day. Congratulations to all!
Sister Maria Immaculata is just beaming as she stands for a photo with Bishop Miehm.
Welcome to Agnus Mariae and Marion!
A Day of Joy for the SOLI Community
as we celebrate two Perpetual Professions of Vows !
On August 15, 2014, Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven, we had the joy of celebrating the Perpetual Profession of two of our sisters, Sister Mary Benedicta and Sister Teresa Joseph. A special thank you to Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, bishop of Hamilton, attending priests, deacon, seminarians of the diocese and our servers as well as all family and friends who joined us for this wonderful occasion in the life of the SOLI family. Thank you also to the Sine Nomine Ensemble and the SOLI schola for the beautiful music they provided to make the ceremony most beautiful!
Priestly and Religious Vocations in the Diocese of Hamilton
Authored by John Perdue
Throughout the course of his 63-year priestly ministry, Father William Loyd Ryan (1917-2003) tirelessly laboured to encourage priestly and religious vocations in the Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario. Besides co-founding the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate, a vibrant young community of women religious, Father Ryan fostered the vocations of several bishops and priests still active in ministry today. Father Ryan provides a unique example of a priest who successfully encouraged vocations both before and after the Second Vatican Council. This book explores the locus of his success in vocation promotion. It will provide inspiration to those who worry about the future of vocations and example to those who wish to assist others in answering God's call.
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.
On the joyous Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25, 2014, Sr. Marie John Paul and Sr. Mary Michael made their First Profession of Vows. His Excellency Bishop Matthew Ustrzycki presided over the ceremony with Fr. Wojciech Kuzma as … Continue reading →
Priestly and Religious Vocations in the Diocese of Hamilton Authored by John Perdue Throughout the course of his 63-year priestly ministry, Father William Loyd Ryan (1917-2003) tirelessly laboured to encourage priestly and religious vocations in the Diocese of Hamilton, … Continue reading →
We write to share with you all the news that Mother St. Henry entered into eternal life on September 3rd, at around 4 am. While we praise God for the gift of her beautiful witness of a religious life filled … Continue reading →