Stimulating Gatherings

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November 28, the Francophone SNJM Affiliates held their first meeting in person, in two years at the Congregation House.  Those who attended were thrilled to be with each other again.

Sr Denise Riel

Sister Denise Riel, Provincial Leader, explained the follow-up to the Acts of the 35th General Chapter. Informed about the challenges to be undertaken by the Congregation, the Affiliates (Associates and Consecrated Lay Persons) enthusiastically expressed the desire to commit themselves, according to the capabilities of each one, to doing their part in the realization of the action plan.

In addition to sharing news with each other and hearing about those who were not present, they had the opportunity to listen to Mrs. Anne-Marie Montpetit share her experience as representative of the French-speaking Affiliates at the General Chapter, which had taken place in July.

Various other topics and projects were also discussed. One of the highlights will take place on May 1, 2022 when the two newest SNJM Associates will renew their commitments for a two-year period.

Renewal of Commitments

December 8, the Anglophone SNJM Affiliates delightfully met online, using the ZOOM platform. This meeting was also very interesting, as information was presented pertaining to the theme of the Province. During this get-together, time was built in for a period of personal reflection on a few questions, followed by sharing in break-out rooms. Each group then reported back to the larger group. Then, during a prayerful ritual, the Associates renewed their commitments.

Let us recall that there are several forms of commitment in collaboration with the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM). There are currently about 40 Francophone Affiliates and 25 Anglophone Affiliates.