170 years of La Retraite life in Lannion
On 22nd September sixty La Retraite sisters from Chile, Britain, Ireland and France gathered in North Brittany to celebrate and give thanks for the 170 years of life, relationships and service given by La Retraite in Lannion and the surrounding area.
There we retold our story artistically expressed and told as the story of one of the oak trees in the garden of Crech A´vel: the foundation of the community and school, the forced exile to Holland and Belgium leading to the opening of retreat centres in both countries, the return and reopening of the school not forgetting the many communities founded from Lannion over the years.
This story was presented in a special folder book to Yveline Gerard, our international leader, while Angèle, Françoise, Jeanne and Marguerite were presented with a tiny oak sapling to take with them as a memento of Lannion when they leave for their next mission in November. Their house will be used by the local church for the youth.
At the Eucharist, attended by friends, past pupils and staff of La Retraite and the parish, the local bishop thanked the communtiy for its contribution to the life of the church in his diocese.
The celebration ended with a vin d´honneur in the parish rooms.