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Special gift for special Sister of Providence

New birdfeeder


Staff and volunteers at Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center gathered in late January for a retirement luncheon honoring Sister Ann Horgan, pictured above at left with Sister Elizabeth Oleksak. According to Sister Elizabeth, the Center’s founder, Sister Ann’s “gentle presence and generous service” were “always available” to staff, volunteers and to the Genesis guests and visitors she ministered to during her over 23-year tenure at the spiritual life center.

Sister Ann, an experienced spiritual director as well as a retreat and Focusing facilitator, served in those capacities at Genesis and while a five-year member of the Campion Renewal Center Team in Weston, prior to joining Genesis in the mid-1990s.

For five of her years at Genesis, she served as the Center’s administrator. Her ministries in Congregational Administration included two consecutive four-year terms on the SP Executive Council from 1997-2005.

Her official retirement came in the fall of 2017 and, in early January of this year, she relocated from Manna House—the SPs’ local community at Genesis—to Mary’s Meadow in Holyoke.

Genesis Executive Director Liz Walz, speaking on behalf of the 30 attending the retirement luncheon, expressed gratitude for Sister Ann’s “gentleness, wisdom and dedication.” There was more than one smile and thank you for Sister Ann’s bringing “Gracie,” the Center’s now in-residence cat, to Genesis.

Knowing how much she enjoyed watching the birds at the bird feeder outside her former office window, those charged with selecting Sister Ann’s parting gift thought she would welcome another bird feeder, this one for outside her room at Mary’s Meadow.

According to Sister Ann, Sister Elizabeth made the purchase and “purposely chose a red one because birds are attracted to the color red. She wanted it to hold a good supply of seed, too, to cut down on the number of times it has to be refilled.”

“They wanted me to have a gift I’d thoroughly enjoy, and I certainly do,” she ended.


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