Sister Alice Walsh is a Presentation Sister, charged with the pastoral care of 1,200 parishioners in Picadilly, on the west coast of Newfoundland.
Sister Alice Walsh, P.B.V.M
Her mission, Our Lady of Fatima, requires her to be available at all times for teaching, counselling, prayer services, visiting homes and encouraging youth.
Employment in the area is low; many parishioners are on Social Assistance, others go out of province for part of the year to find work.
Funding from Catholic Missions In Canada helps fund the community's religious education programs, transportation costs, repairs to the parish hall, and a stipend for Sister Alice.
Sister Alice's zeal and good humor are legendary.
"Come in, my dear, let's have a cup of tea," is her greeting to all who come to her in trouble, in grief and need.
Well, not quite all. Young people arriving at her door are welcomed with a hug and a cheery, "Come in, dear. Let's have a Coke together."
Sister Alice's gratitude to our donors knows no bounds. "They are so good," she says. "Their prayers and assistance keep me going, doing what I know I have to do for the Lord."