On Saturday, September 11th Our Lady’s Missionaries celebrated the life of Sr. Mona Kelly, OLM with her family, friends, and some residents of Presentation Manor.
The celebration began with sharing memories of Mona. Evelyn, Mona’s sister, recalled how Mona often promised her a reward each time she requested a favour of Evelyn. When she asked Mona for her reward, Mona replied, “Heaven is your reward.”
After several others shared stories, we gathered in the central part of the chapel for Mass with Fr. John Carten, SFM presiding. A reading from Isaiah reminded us of God’s plan for his people. A plan that was reflected in Mona’s life as a missionary in many different countries where Mona became a refuge for the poor and the needy.
Mona’s choice for the Gospel “…that they may have life, and have it abundantly,” reflected her passion that mothers and children have a taste of heaven in this life.
Heaven in Mona’s heart is a place when justice and peace prevail. So, we prayed “most especially for indigenous children, children of colour and street kids; that the adults in their lives will treasure them and strive to make the world a better place for them as did Mona.”
– Lorie Nuñez, OLM