St. Kieran Arts Center executive director Monique Lavertu, left, surprised Sister Monique Therriault on Friday night by presenting her with a plaque to recognize her new status as an emeritus board member. Sister Monique will retire on July 31 as chaplain at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital and then move to an assisted living facility in Windham.
Photo by Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
June 25, 2014BERLIN — More than 100 concert-goers were on hand on Friday night to see Sister Monique Therriault of Berlin honored as a key member of the team of Androscoggin Valley residents who rallied to establish St. Kieran as a nonprofit community arts center after it was closed and deconsecrated in 2000 as an active Roman Catholic church.
Typically, Sister Monique pointed to many others on hand who also worked together to preserve the historic building and to create a new institution to help fill a cultural void in the region.
Sister Monique, who is a member of the order of Sisters of Mercy, will retire as the chaplain at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital on July 31.
After living in and serving the community for nearly 40 years, she will move to the Warde Health Center, an assisted living community in Windham sponsored by the N. H. Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy and managed by New Hampshire Catholic Charities. Her own sister, Sister Denise Therriault, formerly of Berlin, is already living there.
Sister Monique came to Berlin in 1975 to teach in the Christian Life Center, designed for adult learning including parent-child education, and she has been deeply involved in many aspects of Christian life in the Androscoggin Valley. In 1982 she was the second recipient of the Sylvia Evans Award given every year to a woman who has demonstrated concern and devoted time and energy to the families of the Androscoggin Valley.