Foreword by the Rt. Rev. Terence Finlay, Bishop of Toronto.
Sister Constance was born Constance Elizabeth Murphy on 2 February 1904. "In her narrative, written over a period of three years with the assistance of David A. Kent, Sr. Constance describes her childhood and youth in Baltimore, Maryland; her decision to enter the religious life in a new city and country, Toronto, Canada; her years of teaching and then her position as Head Mistress of Qu'Appelle Diocesan School in Regina, Saskatchewan; her return east in the 1950s to become Head of the Home for the Aged; and her later work with the elderly. She also provides practical suggestions for ministering to the elderly as well as thoughtful reflections on aging". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements dated Toronto, May 1997 / Sister Constance, S.S.J.D. -- Foreword dated Toronto, February 9, 1997, Commemoration of Hannah Grier Coome, Religious Founder of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine / Terence Finlay, Bishop of Toronto -- Introduction -- "Fire Baby": My Family Roots -- From Europe to Religious Vocation, 1929-1936 -- Teaching at Aurora (1937-1938) and at Qu'Appelle Diocesan School (1938-1955) -- The Church Home for the Aged, 1958-1972 -- Lambert Lodge and Castleview-Wychwood Towers, 1972-1990 -- More Work for the Elderly (C.I.R.G., "Book of Prayers in Large Print", and "Sing Your Way Home") -- Return to College, 1976-1977 -- The Garnsworthy Connection -- St. Hilda's Days, 1972-1976, 1908-1984, 1990-1994 -- Aging -- Afterword -- Curriculum Vitae of Sister Constance, S.S.J.D. -- Appendices -- Index.
"The latter years may be a time of loneliness, withdrawal and fears or alternatively a serene flowering of much that has been growing throughout a long life. A skilled and loving ministry to the aging can be an important factor in dispelling the former and supporting the latter and is increasing a challenge and incentive to clergy and people. In meeting this challenge a parish can be greatly enriched through the faith, wisdom and experience of its older members." -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction / Maurice P. Wilkinson -- The Problems of Aging and Old Age / J.R.D. Bayne -- Ministering to the Older Person in the Urban Parish / Paul E.F. Brillinger -- Gaiety and Action / Muriel Hooper -- Bibliography -- A Meditation onAge for use in groups or by individuals -- Addendum -- For Thought and Action.