On April 6, 2019 OLMs, Clarice’s sister, Claire and her family, our friends and many members of the Presentation Manor community gathered with us in gratitude for Clarice’s life, for the blessings she has brought to each of us who knew her and to all with whom she shared life, faith and commitment to the reign of God. Sr. Frances Brady, OLM welcomed everyone with this story:
“Clarice was born and raised in Mayo, Quebec and educated in the Mayo area and at Immaculata High School in Ottawa. She entered Our Lady’s Missionaries in 1950 the year after the congregation was founded. Clarice was in mission in Japan, then in Vietnam and later in the Northeast of Brazil and served as the Congregational Leader of Our Lady’s Missionaries from 1991 to 1999.
In her time in Leadership and in her other missions, Clarice was a faithful advocate for the rights and dignity of all people and the need for respect for the earth. This was visible in her ministry with landless farmers in Northeast, Brazil whom she accompanied in their work for land reform. The relationship of mutual affection and respect that existed among them was evident.
We, her sisters in community have been enriched by these qualities and by her faith, sense of humour and welcoming nature. Perhaps these values so important to Clarice were planted during her early years on the family farm in Mayo.”
During the mass, Sr. Marie Clarkson, OLM closed the prayers of the faithful with the words of Clarice:
“May our God of Jubilee bless us with the forgiveness of our Brother Jesus, wisdom
of our Mother Mary, faith of our foremothers and forefathers, courage of Fr. Dan, disposition to risk of Sr. Odelia and Sr. Mary Ida, humour of Penny, generosity of the poor, fidelity of women, joy of children , fertility of the earth, freedom of nature, to accept our dying and our rising.”