The Sisters of Charity of Ottawa
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“At the end of our lives we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by: I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.” — Mother Teresa

D’Youville Life & Wellness Community hosted its 17th annual Lasting Impressions Gala honoring the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa on Nov. 7 at Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut.

More than 300 faithful followers of their favorite sisters came to support them and this great organization, which enhances the lives of more than 1,500 seniors who depend each year on various services provided on the D’Youville campus.

Sainte Marguerite D’Youville (1701-1771) a widow who lost four of her six children in early infancy, opened her heart and her home to those less fortunate and eventually was joined by several women to form the first religious congregation in the New World — the Grey Nuns. This visionary, compassionate and generous lady reached out to everyone in need — the elderly, the sick, wounded soldiers, abandoned infants, repentant prostitutes. Eventually, her Montreal congregation branched out into six independent groups, one of which is the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa-Grey Nuns of the Cross.

Four Oaks Country Club’s finest

Another daring and inspiring visionary who also was moved by human suffering and found the resources to respond was Mother Elisabeth Bruyere (1818-1876) initially a member of the Grey Nuns in Montreal. She was sent in 1845, at age of 26, with five companions to bring the mission of this congregation to a logging camp on the shores of the Ottawa River. Within a few years, she had set up a hospital, a bilingual school, an orphanage and a team of sisters to visit the needy and the sick in their homes. Within 12 years, she had begun her first school in the United States in Buffalo, N.Y. In 1880, the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa (Grey Nuns of the Cross) arrived in Lowell to help the Mill Girls. They established schools and, in 1930, St. Joseph’s Hospital.

D’Youville Manor, now D’Youville Life & Wellness Community, was established in 1960.

The Z-List pays tribute and dedicates this page to the sweet, special Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, for their continued wisdom, faith, generosity, caring hearts and strong dedication to all in need. God bless all of you!

This single event raised $96,000. For more information, visit www.dyouville.org.

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