On this Foundation Day, we give thanks for the great legacy our founder, Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis, imparted to us 155 years ago.
We are cognizant of his courage, persistence, and his total dependence on the providence of God to carry out his mission.
His resounding words: “Our Lord Jesus Christ, suffering in the persons of a multitude of sick and infirm of every kind, seeks relief at your hands” still echoes today in our ministries in El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, Kenya, and in the U.S.
Grant that all who remember and reflect on the life of Bishop Dubuis, your priest and servant, be inspired to be “Gospels of Love”.
Through his intercession, may we obtain many graces in this life and everlasting glory in the life to come; we pray this through the Word Incarnate. Amen.
~ Blessing ~
May the God who calls you to serve,
Bring you to your deepest heart and there inspire you,
Fill you with courage for the journey,
Compassion for the people.
May this same God send you forth
To promote the common good in our Religious lives and Congregation
To hold this sacred time in your care,
To nurture it, to account for it,
To witness to those you serve
The power of God’s healing, holding love.
May that same love keep you always. Amen.
Adapted from a 2016 prayer service to bless a bust sculpture of Bishop Dubuis gifted to the Congregation on the occasion of its Sesquincentennial Anniversary.