On Sept. 21, the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, celebrated the official opening of Bethany Centennial Garden on the grounds of their former motherhouse. “Now, the footprint of that building is a creative garden that shares some of the history of the Sisters of St. Martha,” said Sister Brendalee Boisvert, CSM, congregation leader. The design incorporates pieces of the former motherhouse foundation, as well as the steeple that once stood atop of the Bethany Chapel, now part of a reflecting pool. A heritage walk highlights significant moments in the congregation’s history.
“The creation of Bethany Centennial Garden comes from a desire to continue to share with the larger community of Antigonish Town and County, and beyond, this sacred place which we are blessed to call home,” said Sister Brendalee. “It is our desire that all who come here join us as we seek to deepen communion among ourselves and those we encounter.”