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A touching reunion for a group of 15 women from the class of 1952!

Friendships enduring more than 65 years after having spent several years together at College Jésus-Marie, is an extremely rare occurrence which merits being highlighted.  Discover the story of these women who have left their mark, since meeting at Collège Jésus-Marie. 

Sister Claudette Bastien participated in the International Meeting of

Sister Claudette Bastien, SNJM, was filled with enthusiasm when she returned from her participation in a meeting of the Talitha Kum organization, the International Network for Consecrated Life against Human Trafficking. The meeting, which took place in Rome, brought together representatives from all continents. To learn more about this conference…

Gathering of the Marylrose Group of Associates

Sunday afternoon, June 11th, the Sisters and Associates of the Marylrose group gathered at Marylrose Residence for a time to pray, share, celebrate and witness the renewal of commitment by three of our Associates, who were unable to attend the ceremony in the fall.   Read further…

 

Elementary and secondary level students get together to promote music…

Maison Jésus-Marie was the setting for a first "choir-orchestra" concert which featured a whole new elementary/secondary school ensemble, unique in its kind in the region. Indeed, a string orchestra from “École internationale Lucille-Teasdale” joined with the choir from “École Primaire Saint-Laurent”.  Their goal is to encourage the participation of a greater number of students. This is a great initiative for sharing the passion for music and for recognizing its contribution to personal development. A beautiful story to read… and pictures to see.

Invitation to a reunion at Résidence Sainte-Émélie on August 26, 2017

Present in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve-Viauville districts since 1860, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) are extending an invitation to their former students, teachers and/or collaborators to a reunion.  This friendly gathering will take place at Résidence Sainte-Émélie, on Saturday, August 26, between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.   For further information...

A new centenarian, Sister Thérèse Lemay shares her recipe for longevity!

On June 21, we celebrated the 100th birthday of Sister Thérèse Lemay, SNJM. The festivities were filled with joy and humor.  Sister Thérèse, the last Sister to be Director of École Montarville in Saint-Bruno, has shared her experiences of the many places where she has been sent to live and work. Continue reading about the celebration and look at the photos.

Music that delights hearts

The gathering, on June 10, at Maison Jésus-Marie, with the students from Ginette Cyr Charest’s music class resulted in some moments of pure magic. The 20 students, accompanied by Éloise Clermont and Alexandre Bourget, presented a dynamic and delightful concert.   See the photos and further details. 

Newly planted urban garden at résidence Marie-Rose Durocher

The bad weather hasn’t prevented the Sisters at résidence Marie-Rose Durocher from enthusiastically taking up their tools for weeding, planting and maintaining their urban gardening this second season.                  Read further…

Celebrating Saint-Jean Baptiste Day in an atmosphere of welcome and sharing!

The Saint-Jean Baptiste celebrations provided a wonderful opportunity to meet and share with the second Syrian refugee family to arrive in the Saint-Jean-Longueuil Diocese. The initiative by the local community at the Congregational House was in response to the recent Corporate Stand on Migrants and Refugees, which was adopted by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) in the spring. To learn more about this pleasant first encounter…

Well-merited honour bestowed on Dorothy Guha, SNJM Associate

Dorothy Guha, a long-time Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) recently received a great honour. The diocesan Order of Merit was presented to her by Bishop Lionel Gendron of the Diocese of Saint Jean-Longueuil. This award highlighted the quality of her commitment which “has contributed to the life and vitality of the Church” for over 40 years.   To learn more…

The OSDL’s “Portée Pédagogique” Series: discovering and enjoying classical music

Since its beginning in 1986, the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil (OSDL) has set in motion several initiatives which have achieved considerable success, including the “Portée Pédagogique” Series. The latter, supported by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), makes it possible for the families of the participating students "to have the experience of attending a concert - for the first time in some cases - and is a great moment of family pride in all cases." 

While emphasizing the impact of this “Portée Pédagogique” Series, an article in the Journal of the Quebec Provincial Leadership Team (ELP) draws attention to two new initiatives. These projects, which will be launched during the coming year, will enable young people to deepen their knowledge of classical music. To learn more…

Harpissimo where art conveys a vibrant cultural tradition

Once again, the "Harpissimo-Quebec Ensemble" delighted its audience during its recent visit to Maison Jésus-Marie on May 28th. Performing both traditional pieces from various sources, works from well-known artists such as "J’ai souvenir encore” by Claude Dubois and "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen or again, from their own creative works, the group presented an unforgettable show.

Founded in 1996, the ensemble’s mission is to educate, develop and make members as well as the general public aware of the traditional harp as a musical instrument and a vibrant cultural tradition. Under the direction of Robin Grenon and Gisèle Guibord, Harpissimo presents numerous concerts during the year, including the one at Maison Jésus-Marie. The latter has now become a must in the programming by the Recreation Committee for Maison Jésus-Marie.

Photo credits Sister Gisèle Lalande.

Welcoming refugees – Mutual enrichment

The problem of the Syrian refugees and all peoples grappling with the migratory crisis has been attracting the attention of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) for a long time. Over and above their awareness of this cause, the SNJMs took concrete action by collaborating with a group from the Saint-Jean-Longueuil Diocese in sponsoring Syrian refugee families. A flashback to an experience which is proving to be very rewarding.

A Tribute to Mother Marie-Rose, a woman who “believed in the future”

The 35th anniversary of the beatification of Mother Marie-Rose did not go unnoticed. A celebration of thanksgiving was presided by a priest from the Missionnaires des Saints-Apôtres (Missionaries of the Holy Apostles), at the Co-Cathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue, in Longueuil. The ceremony, during which those present prayed for the canonization of the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), was preceded by the recitation of the rosary... A flashback to help remember this wonderful day of the beatification on May 23, 1982…

A young singer pays tribute to the SNJMs

At the age of 11, Julien Brodeur-Laughton shares his passion for sacred song with an infectious spirit. This young boy from Saint Lambert, whose mother studied at Collège Durocher with the SNJMs, was obviously very happy to be able to present his song recital to an audience also interested in this form of music. To learn more about this event which enabled a young singer to pay tribute to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM).

An Ontario string octet makes a stopover at Maison Jésus-Marie

Presently on tour in Ontario and Quebec, the Magisterra Soloists String Octet stopped at Maison Jésus-Marie on May 21, at the invitation of the Recreation Committee of Maison Jésus-Marie. Presenting works by composers Hans Gál and Felix Mendelssohn, this ensemble of professional musicians from Ontario, captivated the audience. Learn more about this group of professionals and see the photo album.

La rue des Femmes: “A place for rediscovering oneself” - Myrlande

“The most wonderful gift I can receive is that of being listened to.” - Anonymous source. This is a telling testimony to the contribution of the Montreal organization La rue des Femmes. Since its modest beginnings, the organization created by Léonie Couture in 1994, has grown to become a benchmark in the milieu. 

An article, published in the Journal of the Leadership Team of the Quebec Province, paints a picture of the services and activities set up by the organization, and presents the approach developed by La rue des Femmes to help women to “reintegrate their lives” and to find “good relational health” again.   See the article to learn more…

Magical Moments at the 2017 SNJM Jubilee Celebration

A symbol reminiscent of light set the mood for the annual SNJM Jubilee Celebration which took place on May 13, at Maison Jésus-Marie. The organizing committee rivalled one another in ingenuity to organize a meaningful celebration for the 20 Sisters who celebrated their 50, 60, 70, 75 and 80 years of commitment within the Congregation and for the two associates who celebrated 25 years of commitment. To relive this magical moment, read the article and see the photo album.

It will soon be the 15th anniversary of the organization "Chemins de Vie"

How familiar are you with the non-profit organization “Chemins de Vie”? This article which appeared in the Publication of the Quebec Provincial Leadership Team (PLT), allows us to discover the “meaningful” journey of this community group which promotes a process of spiritual seeking and growth and welcomes people of all beliefs or belonging.

At the dawning of its 15th anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2018, this organization which is marked by attitudes of welcoming, listening and respectfulness, has mandated a working group to identify for the future “the unmet needs and to find orientations that are new, audacious and full of meaning.”

While emphasizing that the services are provided free of charge, the article recalls the importance of the support of volunteers and the financial support of individuals, groups, participants and religious communities such as the Sisters of the Holy Names Of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), who have been committed since its inception. To learn more…

CASA: Helping and improving our contact with migrants

Dedicated to literacy with the aim of promoting the immigrants’ integration into Quebec, the Centre Alpha Sainte-Anne has offered free courses for written and spoken French for nearly 25 years. Sister Denise Mercier retraces the journey of CASA in a recent article in the Publication of the Quebec Provincial Leadership Team (PLT).

While emphasizing the contribution of many religious men and women from different communities dedicated to the mission of the Center, Sister Denise testifies to her own experience. She speaks with compassion about the challenges faced by these people in exile and the admiration they merit. 

Continue reading and recall the importance of expressing our solidarity with all the immigrants and refugees of the world.