The Sisters of Mercy
Mad now for Monochrome and Thank you Leanne Cole and Laura Macky
I was wandering in the historical section of the Ross Bay Cemetery and there is a plot reserved for the Sisters of St. Ann. They came from Quebec to Vancouver Island where they taught school in a tiny log cabin during the pioneering days, Also included in an adjoining area are The Poor Clares, a community which is the female counterpart of the order of the Franciscans. They came later, in 1912, to live a contemplative life of poverty in the country side outside of Duncan and Victoria. I find these women very fascinating. They left home, family and everything they knew to follow their callings.
They lived, broke bread, worked, prayed and died together. I see their names on the stones, Sister Mary Margaret 69 years old 1890, Sister Robert Clare 24 years old 1908. Who were they? Not much is known of them individually because they were mainly dedicated to the life of their community as a whole and to a religious ideal. I am moved by their anonymity and sacrifice.
This amazing austere and sorrowful statue stands in tribute and watches over the sacred space that commemorates their lives of duty.
I also am a huge fan of the brilliant Leonard Cohen, Canadian poet and songwriter as well as of singer/songwriter Sting.
Sting with the Chieftains singing Leonard Cohen’s Sisters of Mercy
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn….
when you’re not feeling holy your loneliness says that you’ve sinned