Sister Therese Bonneville, the former director of Rosalie Hall in Scarborough, died suddenly November 5 at age 68.
The one-time Superior General of the Misericordia Sisters, Sister Bonneville died from heart complications in Montreal.
Rosalie Hall, a residence of young women in crisis pregnancies, was a major part of Sister Bonneville’s life for 18 years. She showed her strong leadership skills as executive director for both the agency and the foundation.
Sister Bonneville oversaw two expansion projects and guided the organization through periods of scarce funding and limited resources. Today Rosalie Hall serves a valuable service to the community by allowing young women in crisis pregnancies to continue their education while preparing for the birth of their child.
Sister Bonneville was born March 2, 1929, in Wolseley, Saskatchewan. She joined the Misericordia order in January 1952, and in April 19, 1996, she was elected Superior General.
Despite some sadness at leaving behind her friends at Rosalie Hall, Sister Bonneville took up her duties as Superior General with enthusiasm. Her new responsibilities included getting the order ready for the 21st century and supporting mission activity in Canada, the U.S. and Ecuador.
She leaves behind a brother, Father Maurice Bonneville, many nieces and nephews, and the community of the Misericordia Sisters.
The funeral was held November 10 in Montreal in the chapel of the Misericordia Sisters’ motherhouse. Celebrant was Bishop Robert Sansaucy.
Donations are being received for a Memorial Scholarship for young women graduating from Rosalie Hall.
Donations can be sent to The Rosalie Hall Foundation, 3020 Lawrence Ave. East, Scarborough, ON, M1P 2T7.