February 2nd is the day established by Pope Francis to annually recognize and celebrate the lives of consecrated men and women and the work they do in their communities. For the sixth year in a row, the Regina Catholic School Division hosted a luncheon for those serving in the Regina area.
“We are so grateful for all that you do in helping us do what we do” said Board Chair Donna Ziegler to about 30 guests who attended the luncheon held in the Catholic Education Centre, headquarters for the Regina Catholic School Division. “In this room, there are thousands of years of living out the Gospel,” said Ziegler referring to the many religious communities represented at the luncheon. Religious communities have a history on the prairies for establishing the first schools and health care facilities in Saskatchewan, and some members continue to teach in the Regina Catholic School Division while others serve in capacities such as teaching religion and providing and leading retreats for staff and students.
The Regina Archdiocese Directory lists 14 female religious communities and 10 male congregations serving in the archdiocese. Representatives from most of the religious communities attended the luncheon; some could not attend as they had commitments to carry out in their respective ministries. Miles Meyers, Religious Education Coordinator for the Regina Catholic School Division led a brief prayer service at the end of the luncheon.