Sisters Ann Yuhas and Therese Verrier witnessed the unveiling of an historical painting depicting moments of their work.

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Sisters Ann Yuhas and Therese Verrier witnessed the unveiling of an historical painting depicting moments of their work.

December 16, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

TROCHU – Legacy Day was held Nov. 27 at St. Mary's Health Care Center in Trochu, beginning with a chapel service led by Chaplain Pastor Nick Wasylowich with participation from Covenant Health and present and retired staff.

Wasylowich spoke first about the 150-year history of Catholic health care in Alberta that was begun by pioneer religious orders who took up the call to serve the sick and needy.

All present then proceeded to St. Mary's Lodge where the emphasis became the legacy which our Sisters of Charity Notre Dame d'Evron have left, from which all benefit. Aug. 16, 1909, eight young women settled in the Trochu coulee and started "a little mission."

"How sweet our new Bethlehem, its poverty, and humility
gave to their hearts happiness in the cold and humid Coulee"

Quote from an early sister

Father Adam Daniluk blessed a large painting that showed many historical moments in the last 114 years. Eldon Wall painted this work of art that was commissioned by St. Mary's Foundation Board.

Sisters Ann Yuhas and Therese Verrier, representing all the sisters, were present to witness the event. Then the "I remember" stories began.

This project was proposed and spearheaded by David Smyth as a tribute to the sisters. David has worked at St. Mary's for 32 years and retires at the end of the month.