At long last, the Sisters of the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, MA., will have a home to call their own. A vacant house directly across the street from the Shrine at 928 Park St. is under renovation, and could be ready by this fall or early next spring.
The two-story house, which survived a fire many years ago and has been owned by the Shrine for years, will be home to three nuns who have been with the Shrine for seven years, but haven't had a permanent residence of their own. When they first arrived, they stayed in the retreat house, then in the monastery, and more recently to quarters in Cumberland.
Independent contractors Richard Gordon and Dino Hawkley of Attleboro have been busily hammering nails and sawing wood on the renovation in between previous commitments. Work is expected to pick up speed this month.
Editor: Fr. Ferec’s article, Reflections on our Spirituality (Dec., 1966), was originally published in the La Salette publication, Reconciliare, just after the conclusion of Vatican II. We have divided his lengthy presentation into five articles: 1) Our La Salette Spirituality, 2) Mary, Mediator and Reconciler, 3) La Salettes – Reconcilers Par Excellence, 4) Our La Salette Charism, and 5) A Pep-Talk for La Salettes.
What rating does our ministry of reconciliation deserve? An “A” for a service that is constantly improving? An “E” for effort? What mark does one put down for the missionary who is only going through the motions, marking time, rendering a spineless service, a non-zeal that only serves to emasculate one's spirituality?
There are times when the generous performance of routine apostolic chores creates the impression that a big step forward has been taken when actually we have gone two steps backward: because the wasted efforts amounted to what St. Augustine called “giant steps in the wrong direction”.
Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.
Our Province: The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, was founded in 2000AD and is one of several provinces in the congregation. The members of this Province serve mainly in the countries of Canada, the United States and the Region of Argentina/Bolivia.
Our Mission: Our La Salette ministry of reconciliation responds to the broad vision given by Mary at La Salette as well as in response to the needs of the Church. As reconcilers, we together with the laity take seriously Mary’s mandate: “You will make (Mary’s) message known to all (her) people.”