Strong Delegation of Anglophone Associates at SNJM Community Event

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No less than 22 Anglophone SNJM associates and sisters came together to participate in the community Open House on June 11. “We combined our closing meeting of the year with this invitation to experience a meaningful moment on the sacred SNJM sites in Longueuil,” said Brenda Brisebois, member of the Leadership Trio of Anglophone associates.

The group took the opportunity to meet at a local restaurant in Longueuil for lunch. “We were all happy to be together in person after two years of monthly Zoom meetings during COVID,” added Mrs. Brisebois.

Even though the communal spirit was very strong, each person did the pilgrimage at his or her own pace, taking the time to pray and reflect at the various stops. The surprise of meeting “Mother Marie-Rose” at the Foundation House delighted all the visitors who rushed to have their picture taken with her. The warm welcome by a sister responsible for each place at the Congregational House brought about some wonderful discoveries.

According to Mrs. Brisebois, one of the highlights of the visit was the meaningful ritual in the chapel. “It concluded with a touching gesture as each person was invited to spend a moment near the cross embedded in the floor where Mother Marie-Rose loved to pray.”

The group of Anglophone associates and sisters thoroughly enjoyed this gathering in true SNJM tradition, enjoying homemade cookies, juice and soft drinks, while sharing memories of all the great times they had together in this place for celebrations, meetings, retreats and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

“This rite of passage gave us the opportunity to remember, to give thanks for all that began in this sacred place, to move forward in peace, rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus and the SNJM spirit,” concluded Brenda Brisebois.