Sister Denise Mercier had an important role during the inauguration ceremony of Father Reegan Soosaï, c.m.f., as the new pastor of Notre-Dame-de-Protection Parish in Sherbrooke, on Sunday, September 23rd. As spiritual mentor to Fr. Soosaï, c.m.f., Sr. Denise introduced him to the large number of parishioners who attended.
The story of the friendship and spiritual relationship between Sr. Denise Mercier and Father Reegan Soosai is significant. It goes back to Reegan's time as a student of the French language at the CASA Center in Montreal. Rated at the beginner level upon arrival, he moved to level 2 a month later and had Sr. Denise as his teacher. His former teacher said, "It’s a little fast."
During his training, Reegan asked Sr. Denise to be his spiritual mentor. It’s hard to refuse such a request when you know Sr. Denise. As a result, visits and an exchange of correspondence would foster this mutual, dynamic relationship.
In 2011, while in Level 2, Reegan was ordained a deacon in the Montreal Archdiocese and in December 2012 was ordained a priest in South India, his country of origin.
"A ball of energy!”
It is with great pleasure that Sr. Denise portrayed the one she affectionately calls "Reegan". "It's a moment of high energy! A challenge presents itself? Oops, Reegan is here. A need is felt? We can count on him ... He is always on the alert!”
Sr. Denise recalled the testimony of a now-deceased friend of Reegan, "In a special ceremony, he confided to me his great surprise at discovering such a young a priest who was obviously very mature and possesses a quality of harmony between human and spiritual relationships. He had great admiration for him."
Sr. Denise considers the richness of his personality complements his spiritual formation and his three years studying theology during his 12 years of priestly formation.
"Today, I give thanks for the witness of his life given for God and for others. Now, I leave you the joy of discovering over time, this gift called 'Reegan' and I wish you happiness and abundance." After Mass, several former students gathered around Sr. Denise to express their appreciation for having been educated by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) in the areas of La Patrie, East Angus and Weedon.
Having walked in the entrance procession and been invited to speak to the parishioners at the beginning of the two-hour celebration, Sr. Denise also sat at the head table for refreshments with Fr. Reegan and Archbishop Luc Cyr, of the Diocese of Sherbrooke, who had presided over the ceremony.
This event is now a memorable moment for both Sr. Denise and Father Reegan.