[Province of Saint Louise – USA] April 12-15, 2012. Although Father Gregory did not come especially for a visitation of the Daughters of Charity in Montreal, he took the time to visit them in their house, and the Sisters really appreciated his gentleness and simplicity.
Father Gregory celebrated the Eucharist with the Vincentian Family of the area:
the Daughters of Charity in Montreal, three Vincentian Fathers, the members of the Association of Vincentian Permanent Deacons, three Sisters of Providence (whose Founder adopted the Rule of the Daughters of Charity), a Religious of Saint Vincent de Paul, and members of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. The Eucharist took on a special meaning and was a great moment of communion and sharing.
In his homily, Father Gregory stated: “The charism of St. Vincent de Paul has been alive and active in your country for many years. The presence of my Vincentian confreres from the Provinces of Paris, Toulouse, and Slovenia as well as that of the Daughters of Charity, your own ‘home-grown’ Society of St. Vincent de Paul… all of you represent the ‘heritage of hope’ that is the Vincentian charism here in Canada… Just as spring renews the world outside, so too this Vincentian Family meeting can renew our interior life so we may generously live out our charism.”
This visit of Father Gregory was very short but worthwhile!