SCCS Lost A Star

On September 5, 2016, Sr. Alice Arnal passed away.

img_2937 Sr Alice taught music  at SCCS for 22 years. A fine pianist, Sr. Alice was also a prolific composer, especially of sacred children’s hymns. Several of her works were included in the hymnal “Catholic Book of Worship I”.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Sr Alice came out of retirement to accompany the SCCS Violin Ambassadors for a series of community performances. She ignited the group with her enthusiasm and lively keyboard touches, and vibrant interpretations of the standard repertoire.

Sr Alice modeled the Oblate charism in all that she did and her unique mission to spread joy through music animated her to the end. Only a day before she passed, she treated her fellow residents at Misericordia Health Centre to an impromptu piano recital/ sing-along.

Eternal rest, grant unto her, O Lord. May she rest in peace. Amen.

ALICE ARNAL Lundi, le 5 septembre 2016, S. Alice Arnal fit son entrée à la maison du Père à l’âge de 91 ans. Elle était membre de la Congrégation des Missionnaires Oblates de Saint-Boniface depuis 68 ans. Alice naquit à Fannystelle, MB, le 8 avril 1925. Son père, Marcel Arnal, était natif de Hures, Loyère, France, et sa mère Bernadette Lalonde était originaire de Sainte-Justine, cté Vaudreuil, QC. Elle fut précédée dans la mort par ses parents, trois demi-soeurs, Jeanne (Joseph Dupras), Marguerite (Emile Syrenne) et Cécile (Aimé Dureault), cinq demi-frères, Paul (Etiennette), Marius, Gabriel, Auguste Arnal et Léon (Berthe, Jessie) Morisset. Elle laisse dans le deuil un frère et une belle-soeur, Emile et Doreen Arnal, leurs trois filles: Carole (Norbert Tanguay), Joanne (René Rivard), et Marina (Brian McCallum). Elle laisse aussi deux belles-soeurs, Marguerite et Marthe ainsi que plusieurs neveux et nièces et leurs familles. Les prières seront lundi, le 12 septembre 2016 à 10 h à la chapelle de Villa Aulneau, 601 rue Aulneau, Winnipeg, MB. Les funérailles seront célébrées à 13 h 30 au même endroit. L’abbé Léo Couture présidera la célébration. L’inhumation des cendres aura lieu au Cimetière Saint-Boniface, rue Archibald, mercredi, le 14 septembre 2016 à 11h00. La direction des funérailles est confiée au salon Mortuaire Cropo. Les Missionnaires Oblates de St-Boniface désirent remercier toutes les personnes qui lui ont procuré des bons soins à la Villa Aulneau et à Misericordia Health Centre. Si vous le désirez, vous pouvez faire un don en mémoire de Soeur Alice Arnal à Les oeuvres des Missionnaires Oblates de St-Boniface, Unité 111-420 rue DesMeurons, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2H 2N9. SISTER ALICE ARNAL Sister Alice Arnal passed away at Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg, on Monday, September 5, 2016 at the age of 91. She was a member of the religious Congregation of the Missionary Oblate Sisters of St. Boniface for 68 years. Sister Alice was born in Fannystelle, MB, on April 8, 1925. Her father, Marcel Arnal, was born in Hures, Loyère, France, and her mother, Bernadette Lalonde, originated from Sainte-Justine, cté Vaudreuil, QC. She was predeceased by her parents, three stepsisters, Jeanne (Joseph Dupras), Marguerite (Emile Syrenne) and Cécile (Aimé Dureault), five stepbrothers, Paul (Etiennette), Marius, Gabriel, Auguste Arnal and Léon (Berthe, Jessie) Morisset. She leaves to mourn her passing the members of her religious congregation, one brother and sister-in-law, Emile and Doreen Arnal, their three daughters, Carole (Norbert Tanguay), Joanne (René Rivard), and Marina (Brian McCallum). She also leaves two sisters-in-law, Marguerite and Marthe as well as numerous nephews and nieces and their families. Prayers are on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at Villa Aulneau, 601 Aulneau, Winnipeg, MB. Funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the same address. Father Léo Couture will preside the celebration. Interment of the ashes will take place on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Boniface Cemetery on Archibald Street. The Missionary Oblate Sisters of St. Boniface express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Misericordia Health Centre and Villa Aulneau for their care and compassion. Donations in memory of Sister Alice Arnal may be sent to Les Oeuvres des Missionnaires Oblates de St-Boniface, Unit 111-420 DesMeurons St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2H 2N9. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 10, 2016


Auntie Alice had a passion for music. Showing promise as a young child, her parents bought her a piano to help develop her talent. Perhaps they would have loved for her to have studied music abroad but her heavenly father had different plans for her. As a nun, she now had many sisters and her brother and sister-in-law, Mom and Dad, would share us kids with her. She was our family and we were hers, as she wrote in her obituary.

As her nieces, I am sure she felt a responsibility to educate and guide us, particularly in the areas of music and religion. She taught us piano lessons each Saturday afternoon at St. Charles Academy where we would visit with our grandma. She attended every sacrament and milestone in our family adding her personal prayers at grace and even guided us in our wedding preparations always providing the music.

Our aunt was a force to be reckoned with. She had a way of looking at the situation objectively. There was no time for sadness or regret. She saw what needed to be done and devised a plan to accomplish it. That was Auntie Alice. She was always helping others.

Music was a focus in her vocation. Beginning as a music teacher, she led choirs at school and in the church community. Her role expanded to include work with the Winnipeg Diocese and was a contributing member of the first CBW, Catholic Book of Worship for Canada. Even as a senior, she embraced technology and saw how it could serve her in her music ministry. The result was a coil-bound book of children’s songs that she composed on her computer.

Indeed, it can’t be said enough that music was her gift to share but was also her device to communicate with others and manage her world. Through her teaching, she inspired many and their interest and accomplishments were her greatest reward.  Our holiday gatherings always included Auntie Alice’s accounts of the sweet voices, the new musicians and instruments added to the celebration, and the participation and contribution of so many.

Auntie Alice had few worldly possessions but one was that piano. Knowing our children were expressing an interest in music and taking lessons, she called one day to ask if we would take her piano. It was a generous offer, once again showing her attention to need and how she could help. It sits in our home and continues to “sing” on a regular basis.

Even out of province, Auntie Alice would periodically call us to say hello and to inquire about the kids. That was her way. She knew the importance of family and took it upon herself to keep in touch with family, both east and west, sharing the news from home.