Remembering Joan Carr
In Memory of Joan Carr, on the Anniversary of her Death
“To act justly, to love faithfully and to walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).
It is hard to imagine that it has been nearly a year since Joan Carr’s death, February 9th, 2020 – five days after our last Faith Development Day at the Edmonton Convention Centre and just a few weeks before the Pandemic was declared in March. For many of us at Edmonton Catholic Schools, Joan’s passing marked the beginning of a very turbulent year, as her death and the ravages of Covid-19 left many to discern new ways of being, living, and working.
God of Life, you sent your Son into the world to redeem us by his Cross and Resurrection. Send your Spirit upon us to make us stewards of your gifts and witnesses of your Son, Jesus Christ, in our schools and in our world.
As we come to you today with open hearts and minds to remember Joan Carr on the anniversary of her death, we recall with great affection her loving and compassionate nature; a committed Catholic who dedicated over four decades of her life to the students, staff, and families of Edmonton Catholic Schools. For fourteen years, Joan served the division as its Superintendent, sharing her passion for Catholic education and helping to bring others closer to God.
During these difficult and challenging days, we pray for your comfort and compassion. We believe in your promise to be with us always. May we trust in you without reservation, knowing that your love sustains us through all trials. Heal our weaknesses and strengthen our faith. Give us the courage to extend your compassion to a grieving world.
In remembrance and celebration of Joan’s example, we ask for the intercession of Mary, the Mother of God:
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Merciful God, grant Joan and the souls of all the faithful departed, a place of solace, of peaceful rest, and of glorious light. We pray this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
*Special thanks to Sandy Talarico for preparing the prayer.