Attendees of the 2018-19 annual general meeting of the Mission Assurance Advisory Council, at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, were treated to a special event this year.
In addition to enjoying guest speaker Fr. Denis Belliveau of Moncton speak on the topic titled Who Cares? Struggles and Joys in Living out the Mission and Values of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, and partaking of a lovely meal prepared by Paula Farnsworth of Street Eats, participants also saw the unveiling of a new painting for the children and women’s unit of the hospital.
Andrew Murray, renowned local artist, was commissioned by the hospital’s Mission Committee to create an original, serene painting of St. Gerard Majella, patron saint of expectant mothers, women in childbirth, unborn children, newborns and small children.
Andrew did not disappoint; his watercolour depicts St. Gerard Majella blessing a mother and newborn, while a young child looks on and with St. Martha’s Hospital is in the background.
Dry mounted versions of the painting will replace statues in the delivery rooms, an infection control benefit.