Friends & Supporters

  Dear Students,

The underlying aim of nursing education is to help you discover truth. Once you possess the means to truth, all else is within your grasp. Prudence, understanding, sensitivity, compassion and responsibility as well as intellectual honesty and personal integrity will be your guides and companions in the years to come. May you use these admirable qualities in your service to others and may the love of Christ compel you to make your nursing world a place of peace where not only His suffering members are the object of professional solictude but where divine friendship springs between those who serve and those who serve.


  Dear Student Nurses,

Every person, regardless of her state in life makes an impression either for good or bad on all with whom she comes in contact as she passes through this world. God has given women special talents to be leaders in the finer things of life.  Nurses particularly, have an opportunity to develop these gifts in their daily duties in caring for the sick.

The kind word, the compassionate look, the patient hearing of others’ sorrows, the conscientious devotedness to duty and constant pursuit of scientific knowledge are the priceless contributions that characterize many nurses of past and present days. Their influence for good will be wherever they may be in the years that follow. May God give you this special grace of a leader for good, wherever you may be.

May many souls learn to love God through the kindness and the unselfishness of your devotion.

Sister Catherine of Siena – Administrator – 1961


  My Dear Nurses,

It is for me a privilege and a pleasure to address a few words of good wishes to you on the occasion of the publication of your first Year Book. During your years of preparation in the General Hospital you are experiencing something of the labours, the difficulties, the opportunities and I hope the gratifications which come to those who spend themselves with the sick and suffering. You are dedicating your lives to the service of humanity and I am confident that you are deeply grateful to all concerned with your welfare and particularly to those consecrated women, the Grey Sisters, whose spirit of sacrifice and love for neighbour is making possible this epoch of preparation in your lives.

The trained nurse holds a position of highest trust and responsibility in the professional world of today. Her responsibilities involve loyalty to the physician or surgeon; faithful and devoted care of the patient, the utmost regard for the sacredness of the home and its intimate relations and confidences, and absolute fidelity to her own conscience. This fourfold relationship demands correct knowledge, a sound morality, and the conscientious application thereof to the daily tasks of the trained nurse. Within a few months, a new nurses Home will house some of the finest young ladies of this Ottawa Valley –noble, kindly, generous souls preparing themselves to be gentle and patient with exacting and forgiving with the unreasonable, always remembering that in fair weather and in foul, the nursing profession is carried on in the spirit and charity of Christ. I congratulate you all and wish you every blessing from Heaven.


  My Dear Students,

It is a privilege to address you in this edition of your school year book.
As young women preparing to meet the joys and problems of a troubled but affluent society, you are engaged in a profession ideally suited to assist you to be Christians, in fact, as well as in name. Because you are being educated in a hospital environment, you should strive to possess the deep conviction that whether sickness or health prevails, you have the power to change the lives of every person in the hospital and be changed by them, that they will never be the same again.

You are not merely strangers passing in the dark, but Christ, – each one of you meeting him in a moment of crisis, a person who needs Him. Strive always to work not to give or to get but to be Christ in each other.


  My Dear Nurses,

I am indeed grateful for the opportunity presented to me to address a few words to the nurses-in-training at the Pembroke General Hospital on the occasion of the publication of your first year book.

The high esteem in which your profession is held, the respect which a nurse commands and receives, at all times, are indicative of the exalted role you have chosen to follow in this life. Your professional duties and obligations as you so well know, are exacting and demanding, but the comfort and solace which comes from nursing God’s sick back to health bring a consolation that is known only to the good nurse. May you always cherish and respect the high ideals of the nursing profession and wear your uniform with dignity and grace; may you never find any sacrifice too great, nor any task too difficult in your care of the sick, whether rich or poor. If these are the sentiments which fill your heart then you may be assured of God’s blessing and guidance in the years which lie ahead. Sincerely in Our Lady.

(Rev) Michael  J. Barry


Mrs. Merita Etmanskie – HEALTH NURSE    

Mrs. Mary Visutskie – Mrs. Laura St. Michael



  My Dear Graduates,

May I join with the numerous well-wishers who extend to you, the LSN Graduates of 1969, sincere congratulations!

For several years, you have given us a fine example of dedication to study and labour. I hope you will always bear in mind that devotion to duty, discipline and order are necessary in every field, spiritual as well as scientific, and that advancement or improvement in all techniques goes on as long as there is an inquisitive mind and a will to learn.

May you ever be governed by the high ideals and principles that your teachers at the Lorrain School of Nursing have endeavoured to implant and develop in you, so that in your hands, the light of Florence Nightingale’s shining example may glow ever brighter and appeal to those who would follow in your footsteps. May God grant this to be so!

Fr. James E. McCormack
Chaplain- 1969