Trees take root around the world
From Bangladesh to the United States, sisters eagerly planted trees, shrubs and bushes—including 60 flowering trees in São Paulo in honor of the Congregation’s six decades of ministry in Brazil. Sister Mary Margaret Weber, CSC, recalled the tree planting at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, 10 years ago.
“We chose Our Lady of Lourdes as the site for the tree because of our history there,” Sister Mary Margaret explained. “When the parish was founded, Sister Bettina Batchelder was named the first principal of the school (1954) before the pastor was named for this newly-formed parish. That’s rather unique in our history.
“There were three trees planted: one in honor of Father Moreau; one to honor Sisters Bettina and Miriam Regina, the first and last Holy Cross principals; and one in honor of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and their service in the parish,” Sister Mary Margaret said, noting that one tree survives today.
Moreau Remembrance Garden springs forth
At the motherhouse, the Congregation planted a garden with trees, shrubs and flowers in honor of Father Moreau’s beatification. The Moreau Remembrance Garden, dedicated on May 3, 2009, was designed by Hank Mascotte and came to fruition through the efforts of Tom Stimson, grounds manager at Saint Mary’s, and Sister Jeanette Fettig, CSC, then the Congregation’s director of Development. A Book of Remembrance containing the names of loved ones rests in the sacred space of the garden, located adjacent to the Church of Our Lady of Loretto. Everyone named in the book is remembered daily in the prayers of the sisters.
“The garden is a place of peaceful meditation—interweaving nature, memory and spirituality—where the legacy of Blessed Basil Moreau, the Holy Cross congregations and those whose names are inscribed in the Book of Remembrance are honored for years to come,” said Sister Jeanette.
In looking through the pages of this annual giving report, Holy Cross is indeed continuing to grow like a mighty tree, thanks to many friends, benefactors and partners in ministry. Father Moreau would be pleased, and the Congregation is deeply grateful.
Add the name of your loved one to the Moreau Garden Book of Remembrance.