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Unanimous Tributes to Sister Mariette Payment (1927-2015)


Longueuil, Quebec, Canada – June 1, 2015 – Many tributes were paid to Sister Mariette Payment, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), at her funeral held on Wednesday, May 27th at the chapel of Maison Jésus-Marie, in Longueuil.

Among the great number of people present for this occasion were members of her immediate family, former colleagues and many sisters from the SNJM Congregation.

An extraordinary contribution
Catherine Ferguson, Superior General of the SNJM Congregation, highlighted the importance of Sister Mariette for her community. "Whether as a teacher, doctor of literature, churchwoman, missionary or member of a leadership team, she shared her many talents throughout her religious life. As Superior General, she promoted unity at a time when there were cultural and national divisions among us."

A woman of unity
That Mariette "strongly desired unity in diversity for our whole congregation" was also affirmed by Florence Vinet, SNJM, during a tribute commemorating the time spent under her leadership. "Mariette, throughout these years, you have been a loyal, energetic, realistic, committed and efficient person who has brought people together... You knew how to welcome our differing opinions respectfully and how to trust us. "

A time for rest among her peers
The body of Sister Mariette Payment has been buried in the cemetery located behind the Congregational House where all the deceased former Superior Generals of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary are buried.

About the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) is an international community of Catholic women religious. Those affiliated with them include associates and lay consecrated persons. Founded in 1843 in Longueuil, QC, Canada, the congregation carries out its mission of education on three continents.
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