The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have issued a pastoral message in honour of the contributions of religious women. "These courageous Sisters were women of action and presence who overcame many obstacles, both physical and cultural, to bring their caring and gentle influence to every corner of the province," the Bishops write. "Working with their communities, they founded Alberta's first schools, hospitals, orphanages and homes for the aged. Their universal charity, their love without boundaries and their many works were their legacy of hope, a legacy that compels all of us to reach out to the poor and the vulnerable." Read the full message in English or French.