Community, family and friends gathered to remember and celebrate the life of Cecile Turner, OLM with prayers on the evening of January 21 and a Mass on January 22. They came from as near as Presentation Manor, and as far as Windsor, ON and Sidney, BC.
The prayers included a reading from the Gospel of Luke – “…give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
Cecile had given so much. After this Gospel reading we shared stories of her generosity and compassion. Family members told of how Cecile welcomed them into our OLM houses when they visited her. Mission stories of her work in Brazil, on the Thai-Cambodian border, the Philippines and Guyana were recounted. We heard of many acts of kindness, large and small. And finally, we remembered her courageous decision to befriend her new companion… Alzheimers. Through it all she never stopped wanting to help others, and her final act of generosity was to donate her body to science.
The next morning, Fr. Russ Sampson, SFM presided at her Memorial Mass. The Gospel was the Beatitudes, and Fr. Russ’ homily included memories of Cecile in Guyana that showed how deeply she lived the spirit of the Beatitudes.
Our Lady’s Missionaries are grateful to all who participated in the prayers and the Mass. We are especially pleased that Cecile’s brother, Tom, and sister, Patricia, were able to join us as we remembered and celebrated a life well lived.
By Sr. Christine Gebel, OLM