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Committed to prisoners, Sister Phyllis Douillard is enjoying her experience

In an interview with journalist Deborah Rankin from the "Catholic Register", Sister Phyllis Douillard spoke about her commitment to prisoners for the past thirty years, ten of which were dedicated to the work of restorative justice. With a touch of humor, she addressed various aspects of her current work. She took advantage of this opportunity to draw attention to specific issues such as the role of chaplains and the difficulty of funding programs such as the Circles of Support and Accountability
Click on this link for the full interview.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Maison Jesus- Marie

 My Irish friend, Mary O’Shea, marvels at the way North Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  She marvels at the parades and the parties. Being at Maison Jesus Marie March 17th was truly a day of joy.  There was no parade but our Francophone sisters celebrated the Anglophone sisters with music, Irish coffee and cake.  This year Linda Haydock, Mary Ellen Holohan, and Lorna Cooney, members of the General Leadership Term joined the party.  We enjoyed Irish singing and stories of our Irish ancestry.  There was even a little discussion as how Irish each was, whether it was 100% or 50% or 25% or not at all. Thank you Maryse and Gisèle for a wonderful afternoon.

Sr Phyllis Douillard

View the photo album – Photo Credit Sister Gisèle Lalande and Sister Pat O’Neill

A successful rehearsal by the students from École Secondaire St-Edmond

The students of secondary 3, 4 and 5 at École Secondaire St-Edmond were happy to come and present their musical repertoire on April 1st in the chapel at Maison Jésus-Marie. This concert served as a rehearsal to fine-tune the final details of their performance before the group takes part in the Concours des Solistes de Victoriaville (Soloists Competition) which takes place on April 29th. Accompanied on the piano by Lucie Ledoux and Denis Alain Dion, these pupils who are mastering the clarinet, the French horn, the tenor and alto saxophones, the violin and the cello, gave a magnificent concert to the great delight of the audience. We are reminded that, for several years, École Secondaire St-Edmond from the Commission Scolaire Marie-Victorin, has been developing a music program with a concentration in harmony and strings. Its musical program is renowned and has achieved excellent results as demonstrated by the success of several of these students throughout the years.

See the photo album - Photo credits: Sister Gisèle Lalande

Being attentive and receptive to the presence of the stranger

During a recent day of prayer and recollection at Résidence Sainte-Émélie, participants heard calls to be attentive to the reality that surrounds us and to look on others with kindness, so as to better welcome the stranger. About fifty Sisters and Associates participated in this gathering organized by the Spiritual Animation Committee of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary of Quebec. To learn more about this day of reflection...

A concert of sacred music offers spiritual nourishment

To highlight Lent and help make it "a time of great interior celebration", Maison Jésus-Marie welcomed the "Octuor Gouzes de Joliette". The audience deeply appreciated this choir which offered them a unique experience of interiority. For many it was a time of "great spiritual joy". To learn more …

The SNJM choir causes a sensation on the show “En direct de l’univers!”

The presence, on the show, of a group of ten Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and one Sister of Providence did not go unnoticed. Julie Snyder first, then the guest artists and the audience were amazed to see this group of Sisters so committed to the success of this show. A look back on this experience with comments from some of the participants...

Remaining “on mission” despite returning “home”

Journey of a committed Missionary Sister 

How can you not lose touch when returning to your native country after an absence of 41 years? Can one still be on mission even though she has returned to her native country? Sister Nicole Grégoire, from the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (White Sisters), recalled the key aspects of her journey during her talk. She spoke of the inherent difficulties upon returning to her country and especially about what is nourishing her and keeping her committed even today, while respecting the mission of her Congregation.

To learn more about this “missionary” journey…

Open your heart to others ... through poetry

"You have touched my heart," said one Sister after the performance by nine poets who came to meet the Sisters on the three floors of Maison Jésus-Marie. The proximity to the guests, the beauty of the texts and the warmth of the dialogue brought a touch of magic to this visit, which took place on Valentine's Day, February 14th. The enthusiastic response of the Sisters, expressed through their smiles, their twinkling eyes and the content of the conversations, confirmed the relevance of this type of event to all the Sisters, including those who are ill. 

Judging from the testimonies received, this was a successful activity. "You have warmed my soul," said one of the Sisters, while another cordially thanked the representatives of the Association of Les Amis de la poésie de Longueuil  for their presentation. This organization, headed by Rose Lévesque, a personality well-known to the Sisters, has as its goal “to encourage people of all ages to read, write and listen to poetry”. The nine participating poets gave details about several of their compositions on the themes of love, friendship and nature before presenting a compilation of some of these texts.

See the photo album. Photo credit: Sister Gisèle Lalande.

A tribute to the SNJMs posted by former students on Facebook!

On this International Women's Day and following the noteworthy appearance by 10 Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary on the program "En direct de l’univers" with Julie Snyder, some students witnessed to their great appreciation for the contribution by the Sisters. 

And so it was that Jacinthe Laporte posted on her Facebook Page “...they are among the great builders of Quebec, with their educative mission and the thousands of young girls (including myself) that they have taught and inspired since 1843. Thanks to all of you...You have loved us and propelled us forward in a magnificent way.”

These former students responded by mentioning “How could we not forget Sister Gisèle and “Sister Jacqueline Longtin(who hired me at l’Externat Mont-Jésus-Marie)"?

A “Thank you!” message was posted, in French, on the SNJM Quebec Facebook page in response to the comments posted on Jacinthe Laporte’s Facebook page.

PRAYER FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

As we come together to celebrate the International Women’s Day, we join our sisters and brothers throughout the world remembering that “the care we have for one another leads us to engage with the pain and suffering of all people and creation” (USG/UISG).  Read further

Presentation of the Chapter Acts: calls to open doors onto Life

The birthday celebration of the SNJM Sisters and Associates of Quebec on February 18 was the occasion for another significant moment full of hope with the official presentation of the Chapter Acts of the 34th General Chapter of the Congregation. In the presence of two members of the Congregational Leadership Team and the Provincial Leadership Team, this ceremony was a reminder of the invitation “to continue the adventure with the Spirit.”   To read more… 

Celebrating birthdays and...life!

The challenge each year is to bring an innovative touch to this celebration so as to highlight, with warmth and conviviality, the birthdays of the Sisters and Associates of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM). This mission was accomplished again this year with a festive approach in which music played a major role, honoring the legacy of Blessed Marie-Rose who always encouraged the teaching of music.  To revisit this event and to recall wonderful memories…

Launching this Ash Wednesday of the campaign 7 Weeks for Water

Access to safe drinking water and to improved adequate sanitation is judged by the Pope as a “crucial question” as do many organizations including the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) who took a corporate stand on this issue in 2013.

Unfortunately, even though access to good drinking water and improved adequate sanitation became a human rights issue in 2010, today approximately 750 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, while close to 2 billion people have to drink contaminated water.

The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) invites you to use this season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, the EWN has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March.

This year the reflections on water and sanitation will focus on inequality, stigma and discrimination related to water, feminisation of water poverty in the context of Africa, among others.

Here is the first text for reflection.  You will find the texts for the following weeks under “Prayers and Reflections” in the column to the right.

 

The short story of the realization of a dream schoolyard at Externat Mont-Jésus-Marie

Soliciting creativity, promoting originality, encouraging the collaboration and contribution of all: students, teachers, parents, professionals, entrepreneurs - these were just some of the keys to the realization of the Marie-Rose Garden, at Externat Mont-Jésus-Marie. Described by the students themselves as the "most wonderful schoolyard in the whole world", this garden grants a special place to Mother Marie-Rose.

By reading the article published last fall, in the Provincial Leadership Team Journal, we discover all the steps in this adventure which led to the fulfilment of this project of a dream schoolyard.   To read the article...

The Quebec SNJM’s are reflecting on the situation of immigrants and refugees

The first step in the Quebec process aimed at approving the SNJM corporate stand in favor of immigrants and refugees was a great success. The participation of Jacques Morin, a community advocate and member of the committee sponsoring two Syrian families in Longueuil, was very inspiring, as this article shows. What’s more, the participating Sisters and those living at Maison Jésus-Marie received a wonderful surprise.  To learn more, read the article and see the photo album 

A poetry recital in the Kasàlà tradition leads to the discovery of an African art form which celebrates people

The kasàlà poetry recital given recently at Maison Jésus-Marie by the Cercle des poètes (Circle of Poets) from the Montérégie, shed light on this African oral art form. This art form which has existed for millennia has been used for the last twenty years to help people develop confidence and self-esteem.  Catch a glimpse of these poetic and musical rituals as you read further and see the photos.
 

Sister Nicole Fournier: Portrait of a woman of action, dedicated to others

The first conference of the year at Maison Jésus-Marie presented two themes at the same time, much to the delight of those who were in attendance. Invited as part of the new series entitled "Portrait de femme" (Portrait of Women), Sister Nicole Fournier spoke about her work with the homeless at Accueil Bonneau, while also sharing about the charism and the work of her Congregation, the Grey Nuns of Montreal.  To know more…