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Rejoice, Evaluate, Contemplate

As part of the World Day for Consecrated Life, a gathering of consecrated persons from the Saint-Jean-Longueuil Diocese took place at Maison Jésus-Marie. Presentation of documents recalling the essence of consecrated life, discussions, and feedback preceded the Eucharistic Celebration. During this year’s celebration, the 175th Anniversary of the foundation of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) was highlighted. To learn more and to see the photo album.

A musical and narrative experience dedicated to romanticism

The renowned artists Lorraine Prieur, Claudine Lapointe and Luc Saucier gave a musical and cultural performance with the evocative theme "The Romantic Keyboard". Between musical selections played solo or Piano 4-Hands, and some "lieder", the audience was delighted with a narrative presentation on the life of some of the great composers of that era. To know more…

Journey into the world of the “Institut Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil de Montréal”

Sister Esther Champagne, from the "Institut Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil de Montréal", was the guest speaker at the first conference of 2018, presented at Maison Jésus-Marie. This talk was delivered with a great deal of dynamism, as this committed Sister helped us to learn about her congregation, which is dedicated to social action and advocating for the development of commitment to responsible citizenship. To learn more

Reflections on spirituality

How can we define what spiritually is? A new video documentary produced by the organization Chemins de vie attempts to demystify this universal concept. Referring to the words of a song by Gerry Boule, "Je vois la vie avec les yeux du cœur, je suis plus sensible à l’invisible et à tout ce qu’il a à l’intérieur…" (I see life with the eyes of the heart, I am more sensitive to the invisible and to all that it has within it ...), the priest and co-founder of the organization, Clement Farley, sees in the words a " marvelous definition of spirituality. Others speak of liberation or of ways to "make us more human". Discover this video documentary here (in French only).

A look back at the year 2017

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) experienced an eventful year in 2017. With the theme "Gratitude and SNJM Commitments" we are able, through 12 key moments, to take a glance back at this very busy year. To rediscover it …

Rediscover the universe of Tremblay with “Enfant insignificant” (Insignificant Child) at Théâtre Jean-Duceppe

Inspired by his most recent novel, Michel Tremblay’s new play at Théâtre Jean-Duceppe takes viewers back into the world of the 1950s with people who were guiding lights during his childhood. Curious and tenacious, the young Michel never ceases to ask questions about literature, cinema and religion...  Discover the SNJM’s helping hand in the production of this play presented at Place des Arts.

An awareness calendar with prayer intercessions against human trafficking

The SNJM Justice and Peace Network has prepared an awareness and prayer tool as part of a campaign that runs from January to February 8th. Inspired by an initiative of the American Bishops, the SNJM Justice and Peace Network’s Anti-Trafficking Committee has prepared a schedule of prayer intentions. The latter can serve to raise awareness and can be adapted according to the needs and circumstances, during a time of prayer, during a meeting or at any other time.  To know more and to access the awareness calendar and prayer intentions.

“Music unites…”

Between Christmas and New Year's Day, the young singer Julien Brodeur-Laughton (Julien Brody) returned to Maison Jésus-Marie, to present his concert of sacred songs.  At the age of 8, this youngster with a unique voice began his career with renowned professors. Always anxious to perfect his art, he studied last summer at the Berlin Opera Academy and the Philadelphia Academy of Music. 

Eager to share the love of these masterpieces with as many people as possible in order to have an impact on peace and to bring life to his "music unites" approach, Julien gives several concerts a year. We are reminded that Julien is the son of a former SNJM student. See Sister Gisèle Lalande’s photos.

Experiencing what refugees are undergoing…

Four representatives from the SNJM Mission Sector recently participated in an enriching and touching event on the lived experiences of refugees. With the goal of sensitizing people and raising their awareness, this well-orchestrated day promoted a better understanding of the dilemmas and risks confronting millions of refugees per year. To live the experience as if you were there…

An ever-appreciated gathering with the youth from “Maison des enfants Marie-Rose”

It is a pleasure, during the holiday season, to become immersed in tradition especially when it involves the vitality of young people, who are always happy to display their skilfulness and their talents. On December 16, a group of young people from Maison des enfants Marie-Rose, in Beauharnois, came to perform their annual concert for the Sisters at Maison Jésus-Marie.

You had to see the sparkling eyes of the children who were so happy and excited to find themselves outside of their usual surroundings to stage their performance. It was also quite stimulating for the audience, who were treated to dance and song demonstrations illustrating the diversity of the emerging talents of these 6 to 12 year olds.  We are reminded that this house of arts and culture promotes the skill development and potential of young people, who are introduced to an array of artistic activities, while not being pressured to perform. This is an approach largely inspired by the principles put forth by Mother Marie-Rose promoting the full development of the human person.       A photographic glance at these young people’s remarkable visit.  Photos  -  Sister Gisèle Lalande)

Celebration of Gratitude at Maison Jésus-Marie

Just before Christmas, Sisters Gaby, Jacqueline, Jocelyne, Michelle et Beverley organized a special festive get-together for all the volunteers who had given "of their very best" this year at Maison Jesus Marie.  A meal, games and prizes, lots of laughter and joy were integral to this celebration.  Sister Beverley, in the name of the Province Leadership Team, expressed the following sentiments: “During the year 2018, we wish you all the gifts that God knows you need, including faith in Jesus who gives meaning to our lives, joy in the presence of his people, hope in the future and peace in the contemplation of the love God gives to us.”   See the photos taken by Sister Gisèle Lalande.

 

Witnessing on religious life and an experience of cultural adaptation

Highlighting various events creating numerous calls to openness, the first edition of the Publication of the Quebec Leadership Team features a testimonial article. Sister Huguette Fleurant talks about her participation in a meeting with the Sisters of the US-Ontario Province on the future of religious life... (Part One)   She ends her testimony with her own experiences of openness and transformation… (Part Two)

Dare to believe…Advent Celebration 2017

A celebration to mark the beginning of the Advent Season took place in the chapel of the Congregational House. Several Sisters and staff members took part in this special event in which there were wonderful moments of sharing. To live or relive this celebration, you will find the texts and the prayers in the Prayer and Reflection Section of the website.

The beginning of a new year with an evocative theme

The first meeting of the new year of activities, a gathering organized by the members of the Provincial Leadership Team, provided some very inspiring moments. The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) and the SNJM associates who were present learned about the theme and the priorities for the year…

Some delightful moments, on Halloween, with La Mosaïque Choir

The La Mosaïque Choir offered a noteworthy performance as they strolled along the first two floors of Saint-Charles Pavilion, on October 31st. To celebrate Halloween, the members of this choir, associated with the Centre d’action bénévole et communautaire La Mosaïque (the La Mosaïque Volunteer and Community Center), played along by appearing in costumes. Joy and excitement were in the air... 

Corporate Stand on Migrants and Refugees

An SNJM initiative rallies the community and reveals wonderful gestures of solidarity

Bringing together community volunteers, the SNJMs helped to shed light on the situation experienced by asylum seekers, migrants and refugees on the South Shore of Montreal. In fact, as part of their press conference organized to make known their corporate stand, the SNJMs formed a panel with representatives from Carrefour le Moutier, the Maison Internationale de la Rive-Sud, the Private Sponsorship Committee, Chemins d’accueil de Longueuil and the youngest member from a family of Syrian refugees. The meeting filled the chapel of the Congregational House and generated significant interest. To learn more…