Tuesday 27th March, 2007


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French honour for Sr Marie-therese

By Nadia Beeray

FRENCH ambassador Charley Causeret has honoured Sr Marie-Therese Retout with the Legion d’Honneur award.

The reception was held at the ambassador’s residence on Mary Street, St Clair, on March 22.

Sr Marie-Therese was also honoured by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of France Monsieur Philippe Douste-Balzay with the Legion d Honneur award in January.

Sr Marie-Therese, a native of France, spoke passionately about her dedication to the calling that she started in 1948, when she joined the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters and in 1951 came to Trinidad where she set milestones in her field of work.

Among her many accomplishments, she is also a columnist with the Catholic News and Parish Beat, the latter of which she started on her own.

Sr Marie-Therese spoke of her experiences with the cultures in the countries in which she resided and of her passion for serving in Trinidad as she eloquently expressed it, “France gave me the seed and Trinidad is where I blossomed.”

Sr Marie-Therese, second from right, toasts her achievement with French Ambassador Charley Causeret, left, and his wife Catherine, and Sir Ellis Clarke, former president.
Sr Bernadette de la Bastide, left, chats with Jacinta Sohun and her husband Kenny.
Sisters Elisabeth Blanc, Paula Clarke and Helen Gomes attended the reception.
Larry Howai, managing director, First Citizens Bank, chats
with Sr Aeleen Besson.
In conversation, from left, are Louis De Meillac, Elva Stewart-Toussaint and Barney Belmar.
Sr Monique Moniquette in conversation with Hetty De Gannes.
Nadine Maran, secretary to the French Ambassador, in conversation with Adrian Camps-Campins and Marie Abdulah.
Sr Therese Antoine gets the attention of June Johnston and Sr Cyrilla George. Photos: Andre Alexander



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