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THE LATER YEARS

As the Congregation moved into the last quart er o f i ts irst century, it was still growing. Mother Mary Louise Meahan, elected in 1926, looked irst

to the physical plant ofMount Saint Vincent: the Motherhouse was expanded t o house more adequately the novitiate, the administration, and the co l l eg e.

The Halifax in irmary was b u ilt as a public hospital. Then she introduced

diversity in apostolic w ork. Catechetical and social centers were opened and staffed; and in the Canadian West Indian residential schools and hospitals

were run by the Sisters. Mother Louise was succeeded by Mother Mary Evaristus Moran who was

74 years of age when she w as elected in 1944. She had been on the council for thirty years, and had specialized as directress of studies for the Sisters.

Again, ups and downs marked the end of the congregation’s irst h undred

years. In 1945 H al i fax endured the anguish of another explosion. A new college building named Evarist u s H al l honored Mother Evaristus who had

been the irst President of the College. In 1949, the centenary of the Sisters’ arrival in Halifax, celebrated and commemorat ed with pageants and Masses

and prayer ofpraise. Not only was a birthday celebrated and a second century

begun, but

new

not

only

fo r

calls, new sufferings, an d the congregation, but

n ew life styles for the Church

were in the ofing, at large. Social

consciousness, unlabelled as such, motiv at ed individuals as well as the administration of congregations. The large number of women entering

religious life allowed administration s t o respond corporately to calls rom various parts ofthe Church. Today, 1980, differen t t imes, different manners. Today call and response

depend more upon the individual’s hearing and answering than ever they did in the previous hundred years.

Thirty years of our second century, have been marked by the same forces for change that altered the who l e Ch urch. That part of the story is too close

for summary. It requires a more analytical and d etached view than this writer can g ive it at this moment. May God continue to bless us through his

religious. May He send people to do His work in religious orders.

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