Growing into Jesus in Portage la Prairie

L-R: the Rev. John Dolloff, Diane Patterson, Bev Gradidge, Alan Marsh, Noreen McLauchlan and Denise Chiponski. Missing from the photo is the sixth member of our group, Debbie Hewitt.

A few weeks ago, our weekly email announced that there was an EFM graduation at St. Mary’s, la Prairie. Here’s a little more of their story:

There was a very happy occasion earlier this spring at St. Mary’s la Prairie Church, Portage la Prairie, when six members of our congregation were awarded certificates from The University of the South to show that we had completed the four year Education for Ministry (EfM) course. We were so fortunate to have two excellent mentors to guide us and keep us on track, the first three years the Rev. Canon Norman Collier was our mentor, and this past year the Rev. John Dolloff took charge and helped us finish the course.

We were all impressed with how much care and attention both Norman and John put into their preparation each week. So again, we all thank them both for all they have done for us. It was a lot of work, but everyone was very diligent in completing assignments. Also as time went by we all felt it was a good place to be, we could have differing opinions on any given topic but respect between us grew as time went by, and we became very close and the understanding between us was (and is) something special.


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