Pastoral Unit of Vieux-Longueuil Pays Tribute to Blessed Marie-Rose

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An initiative of the priests and pastoral team of Vieux-Longueuil culminated on October 6 with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration in tribute to Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, at Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Co-Cathedral. Prior to the celebration, over 75 people attended a presentation by Geneviève Noël, SNJM associate and head of the Congregation’s archives.

Mrs. Noël outlined Eulalie Durocher’s career path, pointing out the challenges faced by the young woman from Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu. Continuing with details of her 12-year pastoral commitment in Beloeil and Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Madame Noël highlighted the leadership and interpersonal skills of the foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM).

In her testimonial, Mrs. Noël revealed how Eulalie’s personality struck a chord with her: in particular, her understanding of the needs of the community, her vision of an education that fosters personal fulfillment, and her general attitude in the face of adversity. Among other things, this is what prompted her to follow a spiritual path as an SNJM associate.

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Mrs. Noël concluded her presentation by inviting those present to learn more about the Blessed Marie-Rose’s story and the SNJM’s ongoing mission. Visitors to the Marie-Rose chapel, located in the right transept of the co-cathedral, can view the artifacts and posters on display.

Each of these display elements features QR codes and web links to help visitors discover a variety of aspects. In addition to the history of the foundress and the Congregation, there is a wealth of information about the SNJM’s educational mission, social justice and integral ecology initiatives.

Father Charles Mangongo, r.s.v., presided over the Eucharistic Celebration that followed. He took the opportunity to highlight the contribution of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher and her presence in the Co-cathedral. Following the celebration, several parishioners gathered for a time of fellowship with members of the pastoral team and SNJM Sisters.

October 6 is the anniversary of the birth and death of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher. Over the past three weeks, the Semainier paroissial (bulletin) has presented short texts unveiling some key elements of Blessed Marie-Rose’s story. The texts were written by Michelle Beaulac-Samson, head of catechesis for 8–13-year-olds.

The entire process of paying tribute to the SNJM foundress was overseen by Céline Wakil, coordinator of the Vieux-Longueuil parish and pastoral team.