Sisters choose leader

Published November 1, 2003

Bishop Ralph Spence blesses Sr. Marguerite May at her installation as the head of the Sisters of the Church in Oakville, Ont. Sr. Margaret (rear) and Rev. Maylanne Maybee look on.

Oakville , Ont.
The Community of the Sisters of the Church, an international Anglican women’s order based in England , recently installed a repatriated Canadian as its sister provincial for the order in Canada .

Sr. Marguerite May, who in recent years has worked full time as a librarian in the public school system in England, was elected last March to head the Canadian community of eight women after the retirement of her predecessor, Sr. Michael, who had served two three-year terms.

Sr. Marguerite joined the community in 1977, went to England as a novice in 1980 and professed her vows in 1985. A graduate of Trinity College, Toronto, she holds a master’s degree in library science.

The installation ceremony took place Sept. 27 in the chapel of the convent in Oakville, Ont., a suburb of Toronto. Bishop Ralph Spence of the diocese of Niagara (the home diocese of the convent) officiated and Rev. Maylanne Maybee, a Toronto deacon, preached. The community also marked the 60-year anniversary of the profession of Sr. Mary Adella, a member of the Sisters of the Church who lives in a care facility run by another Toronto religious order, the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine.

The Community of the Sisters of the Church has about 95 nuns in Canada, England, Australia and the Solomon Islands. More than half the sisters are in the Solomons in the South Pacific.


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