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HONORING THE SISTERS OF CHARITY OF ST. HYACINTHE
(Extensions of Remarks - October 13, 2011)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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            HONORING THE SISTERS OF CHARITY OF ST. HYACINTHE

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                        HON. MICHAEL H. MICHAUD

                                of maine

                    in the house of representatives

                       Thursday, October 13, 2011

  Mr. MICHAUD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Sisters of 
Charity of St. Hyacinthe on over a century of committed service to the 
city of Lewiston.
  From the moment of their arrival in 1878, the Sisters of Charity of 
St. Hyacinthe made themselves an integral part of the Lewiston 
community. Immediately looking for ways to give back to the town, they 
established a school for the community's French speaking children 
within their first year. A decade later, they established the first 
Catholic hospital in Maine. As the years progressed, the Sisters would 
go on to establish an orphanage for the children of mill workers, as 
well as long-term care facilities for the elderly.
  The tremendous impact that the Sisters have had on Lewiston continues 
to be felt by the city's residents today. Perhaps the most

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important example of this is the work of St. Mary's Regional Medical 
Center. St Mary's embodies the remarkable caring of the Sisters, 
providing preventive, restorative and supportive services with 
compassion and respect for thousands of Lewiston area residents. 
Although the Sister's involvement in the management of the hospital has 
receded in recent years, their legacy lives on in members of the staff 
who continue to treat to some of Maine's most needy.
  There is no way to quantify the immense good that the Sisters of 
Charity of St. Hyacinthe have brought to the city of Lewiston and to 
the state of Maine. The impact of their service to the community is a 
shining example of the power of love and faith. I join the city of 
Lewiston in expressing an unending gratitude for their kindness and 
their devotion to helping the less fortunate.
  Mr. Speaker, please join me in honoring the Sisters of Charity of St. 
Hyacinthe for their numerous contributions to the Lewiston community 
and the state of Maine.

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