Mary Robertson retires!
After 29 years of service in ministry, Mary Robertson has retired as Director of the FCJ Christian Life Centre in Calgary. Over the years Mary’s name became synonymous with the FCJ Centre, as Mary was always present to meet and greet our guests with her usual warm hospitality and great kindness. In 1993 when Mary became the Director of the Centre, we, the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus, in the spirit of Vatican II were proud to have a deeply committed lay woman to head one of our major apostolic ministries. Mary’s charismatic leadership brought many people to God in many and varied ways. For those of us who were fortunate enough to know Mary, a paraphrase from Proverbs 31 describes her well as a valiant woman of God:
The strong and faithful woman—who can find her?
She is far beyond the price of pearls.
Those who love her have confidence in her
and receive graciously from her.
Blessing and not hurt she brings
all the days of her life.
She nourishes those who walk her way
and opens for them the treasures of her heart.
She sets her mind on what is needed
and with her hands she works to serve.
She is clothed in strength and dignity
and looks confidently to the future.
When she opens her mouth, she does so wisely,
on her tongue are kindly words.
Her companions stand and proclaim her blessed
and far and near sing her praises.
We miss you, Mary, and words could never express our gratitude to you but your commitment to live kindness, show warm hospitality and be of service to others will live on in our hearts. May the One whom we serve, bless you abundantly for your outstanding leadership, generous service, availability and gentleness at the FCJ Christian Life Centre over these many years.
Bonnie Moser, fcJ
Province of the Americas