For 20 days, from June 15 to July 4, 2020, the Augustinian Sisters took up the challenge of walking one hour a day to support the caregivers they admiringly call their “natural heirs”. They mobilised with compassion to show their support, but also to ensure that the social mission of the Monastère survives the current crisis and that respite and healing stays continue to be offered to the health care staff who provide an essential service. Sister Lise Tanguay, Superior General, Federation of the Augustinian Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus Monasteries, looks back for us on this community adventure lived in the midst of the pandemic.
1. Could you tell us what this project consists of, how it came about and why?
2. How was this project welcomed by the Augustinian Sisters?
3. How was the fundraising walk carried out?
4. Is this project a success? How many carers were able to take a retreat and rest period thanks to the funds raised?
5. Was the community surprised by the reaction of the public?
6. Have you received graces through this community journey? Are there any testimonies that touched you?
7. Can it be said that the sisters, despite their age, can have an impact in society?
This interview is taken from the Fall 2020 issue of the ad vitam webzine “Hope in Times of the Pandemic”.