Blessing the New Retreat Centre

March 30, 2017

Charlene Peters, Director of Catechetics

On Wednesday, March 29, Bishop Richard Grecco along with about 50 other people from across the diocese of Charlottetown assembled in Bayview to bless the new Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s statue welcomes all into the centre.

The spacious and quiet hall leading to the chapel. Sun filled meeting rooms are on the left side.

Bishop Richard arrives, in his right hand — holy water, in his left hand — prayer handouts, the Sacred Scriptures, and his copy of the blessing in his binder.

Mrs. Earla Avery & Fr. Andrew MacDonald in the reception office near the front entrance.

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys stained glass window donated by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Formerly installed at the Sydney Street Convent in Charlottetown.

The dining room. The chairs are super comfortable, there will be thousands of happy conversations in this room. Father and son media wizards Jason & Ron Perry from Summerside can be seen at the door.

Billions of meals will be cooked on this stove.

The all important coffee nook, cookies will be added later.

Bishop Richard positions the painting of the boy Jesus in the Temple. “This will be a place of teaching.” the Bishop said..

Mrs. Fran Sark arrives

One of the well appointed guest rooms.

No jumping on the beds please.

Conference Room with full multi-media

Fr. Andrew in the Chapel. The crucifix and other chapel appointments came from the Sisters of the Precious Blood Monastery.

The Stations of the Cross are at the back of the Chapel

St. Joseph, Protector of the Holy Family, Pray for Us.

Gathering in the Foyer before prayer.

As usual this little church fills up from the back to the front.

Mrs. Marion Murphy “borrowed” flame from one of the workmen’s blow torches to light the candles. Note: Buy a box of matches for the sacristy.

Mr. Gerry Gabriel practices ushering in Srs. Rosemary MacDonald and Lauretta White csm.

The Opening Hymn for the Retreat Center, Very Good Choice for this house of prayer!

I can’t tell if Fran is refereeing or inviting people out for tea.

There are cookies as promised

Fr. Raj, Pastor of the area where the Retreat Centre is located has a snack.

Fr. Tim Broderick, Marion Murphy, & Fr. Andrew MacDonald enjoy the deck and the view of New London Bay.