Tuesday, February 8, 2011

message from the sisters

 Society of St. Margaret - Boston convent

I have some news to share.  I am sure there will be more later; meanwhile, I am posting the letter below from our community website (http://www.ssmbos.org/happenings).

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From time to time life presents us all with the need to make a decision. We are writing to let you know that we have put our Boston convent on the market. The simple fact is that the convent is too large for us and we cannot afford to remain here, especially at a time when we are focusing our limited resources on our mission in Haiti, as well as Boston, Duxbury and New York City. The Sisters in Haiti have been carrying on valiantly, caring for those whose lives were impacted by the earthquake. We are committed to supporting and strengthening our ministry in Haiti, whose people continue to suffer. We sense an urgent need to re-configure our ministries, to reshape the way we live, so that our limited resources will be as productive as possible.

We plan on relocating our center of operations to Duxbury, a property that the Society of St. Margaret has owned since 1903. We will continue to have a presence in Boston. Several Sisters will live in a small residence in the city in order to maintain the important urban ministry with which we are involved.

Obviously this decision brings us to a time of transition, one which will affect our guest ministry in Boston. In order to prepare for our move from the convent, it will be necessary for us to close the guest house, effective March 10, 2011. No new reservations are being accepted for either the Boston Convent or the Duxbury buildings. For the latest news from the Sisters, including when Duxbury will reopen to guests, please sign-up for our e-mail list at the bottom of any page on our website.

The following events have been canceled: The Vocations Weekend, The Lenten Day of Prayer, and St. Margaret's Day. Holy Week services will be held at the Boston Convent and are open to the public, but we will not be having any overnight guests. The schedule for those services will be announced at a later date.

We will keep you updated as developments proceed. In the meantime we ask for your prayers and assure you of ours.

Carolyn H. Darr, SSM

Adele Marie Ryan, SSM
Asst. Superior

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