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In this period of generalized confinement in Quebec, Maison Jésus-Marie (MJM) has adopted rigorous and strict measures forbidding all visits to Sisters residing there. Even the Sisters of Saint-André Pavilion are restricted from visiting those in Saint-Charles Pavilion.

In order to keep in touch with each other and to give another meaning to the theme of the 2019-2020 year which invites all Quebec Sisters and Affiliates to commit themselves to A Mission of Encounter, an original initiative was set up. An internal mailbox collects notes and messages written by the Sisters of Saint-André Pavilion to those of Saint-Charles Pavilion.

The person in charge of activities and community services assumes the role of postwoman after having subjected the mail to a 24-hour waiting period as a health measure. The delivery of the mail nicknamed “Élan du cœur” (a free translation: “Messages from the Heart”) takes place daily at 1 p.m.

 

A successful initiative that is good for the soul

“Even though the Sisters feel safe and secure, they find this period of confinement very difficult,” says Josée Narbonne. “Seeing the smiles on the faces of the Sisters who receive a letter makes me realize the importance of this project.”

The benefits from this initiative have expanded even further with the installation of a similar box at the Congregational House. This box collects messages from the Sisters in this residence and then a designated person takes charge of bringing the mail to Maison Jésus-Marie where it is distributed after a waiting period.  On Easter day alone, more than sixty letters were brought to the Sisters at Maison Jésus-Marie.

In this period of seclusion when we sometimes find that time passes very slowly, this is a project that has the benefit of being good for the soul, not only of the person who receives but also of the person who writes.