Sister Divinia

Source: JFCCS, Greater Marin County

I was recently inspired by a CSJ nun – Sister Divinia – who gave a talk to the associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph and who is working in Fort St. James with First Nations people there. She ministers by listening to them and by not trying to change them. This was evident in her stories about participating in drumming, learning their culture by watching the kids go fishing, clean and process them and in praying and singing in their language.

Sister Divinia told many more stories such as bringing the Eucharist to grateful communicants and the witnessing of a life conversion of someone struggling with drugs with whom at first she did not want to associate.

When the 215 graves were discovered Sister Divinia was afraid. But due to her authentic love for the people in Fort St. James they responded in kind and asked her to join  “Every Child Matters” events with them.

In her presentation there was also a photo of a white teepee which housed the Blessed Sacrament at an Annual Rose Prince pilgrimage. It was a powerfully beautiful symbol of the unification of two cultures and of the universality of Christ.

Listening to Sister Divinia’s talk about her life among the Indigenous made us witnesses to the planting of seeds of hope. She is a light in the darkness.

Grace Colella graduated with a Masters in Arts and Ministry in Spirituality degree from Regis College where she also trained as a Spiritual Director. Her love of people, nature and music inspires her to write poems.

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  • suzanne renaud
    Posted at 15:43h, 08 December Reply

    Thank you for sharing this information … it does give one hope for the future!

  • Carol Von Zuben
    Posted at 12:13h, 10 December Reply

    Thank you Grace, for letting us know how Divinia is sharing her special gifts with her new friends in Fort St.James. I’m sure that they are most grateful to have her living with them and I’m also sure that the Sisters of St.Joseph of Toronto are very proud of her. Divinia is such a beautiful , compassionate and humble Sister —- she is loved by many.

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