Acts of the 2016 General Chapter: Distribution of the booklet Open Wide Our Doors
The distribution of the 2016 General Chapter Acts booklet began in January at the Lima meeting of the Peru and Brazil regions of the Missions Sector, followed by distribution in Montreal.
The distribution of this booklet, always eagerly awaited following a General Chapter, continued in January in Lesotho during the visit of three of the four members of the new Congregational Leadership Team (CLT): Sisters Linda Haydock, Mary Ellen Holohan and Kathleen Ross.
During the weeks of January and February, the booklet was distributed in the 16 Mission Centres of the U.S.-Ontario Province, while in the Manitoba Province it was handed out during the provincial meeting on January 21.
The process continued in Québec on February 18 at the birthday celebration at Maison Jésus-Marie in Longueuil. This celebration coincided with the visit of Sisters Linda Haydock and Lorna Cooney, members of the Congregational Leadership Team (CLT). With the three members of the Quebec Provincial Team, they presented the booklets to the sisters and associates who were present. Sister Linda and Sister Lorna were happy to have the opportunity to meet them and to get to know them better.
Distribution of this booklet was completed on March 11 during a day-long gathering of the Anglophone sisters and associates at the Congregational House in Longueuil.
The title of the Acts of Chapter, Open Wide Our Doors, evokes the overarching orientation of this general chapter in response to the urgent needs of our times. Integral to the vision is collaboration and partnership with others.
The Acts of the 34th General Chapter of the Congregation of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary are available in the five languages of the congregation: English, French, Portuguese, Sesotho and Spanish.
Expression of solidarity with migrants, refugees and the Grande Mosquée de Québec
The four members of the Congregational Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) sent a letter to the directors of the Great Mosque of Quebec following the tragic events that occurred in January in Québec City (Canada).
Lamenting the “loss of people who enriched Quebec society by the quality of their lives,” the letter affirmed that the sisters of this international congregation stand in solidarity with Muslims throughout the world. “With you, in prayer, we hope for a world of peace and justice.”
Process to adopt a corporate stand on migrants and refugees
At the same time as this tragic event in early January 2017, SNJMs launched a congregation-wide process in view of adopting a corporate stand on migrants and refugees.
In the context of the current international reality and building upon the Acts of the 2011 and 2016 Chapters, as well as on the experience of SNJM sisters and associates working with migrants and refugees, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary have embarked upon this extensive deliberation. The process will culminate in a vote in May 2107.
Meetings are being held in several different locations and in all the regions of this international religious congregation which works in North America, South America and Africa.
Supporting the work for justice with and for migrants and refugees
For SNJMs, this process of reflection and the eventual adoption of a corporate stand in May officially confirms their support for working for justice with and for migrants and refugees. It is a way of drawing more specific attention to this issue that has a catastrophic impact on the life of every individual affected by it. It is also a method of denouncing deplorable situations while acting in concrete ways to counteract the injustices.
It is important to note that the displacement of human beings has been steadily increasing for a number of years at a rate exceeding that of the growth in world population. Some 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes, including more than 21 million refugees.
New Congregational Leadership Team
Longueuil, September 14, 2016 - The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary are happy to announce their new Congregational Leadership Team elected recently by the delegates of the 34th General Chapter. With a five-year mandate from 2017 to 2021, this new team will take office on January 1, 2017.
• Sister Linda Haydock, Congregational Leader
• Sister Lorna Cooney, Councilor
• Sister Mary Ellen Holohan, Councilor
• Sister Kathleen Ross, Councilor
The Chapter was held at NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario, from July 8 to 29, 2016. Inspired by the theme, "An Adventure with the Spirit," this assembly of sisters and associates identified the core orientation of the Congregation for the next five years.
About the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) is an international community of Catholic women religious. In their mission, SNJMs act with the cooperation of associates, lay consecrated persons, volunteers, colleagues and friends. Founded in 1843 in Longueuil, QC, Canada, the Congregation carries out its mission of education on three continents. Visit www.snjm.org
The Taillon MNA, Diane Lamarre, visits Marie-Rose Centre
Longueuil, September 12, 2016 — Last week, the Taillon Member of the National Assembly, Ms Diane Lamarre had a nostalgic return to Marie-Rose Centre, located at 80 Saint-Charles Est. Ms. Lamarre visited the chapel, the museum, the historic rooms and the foundation house, and then headed to the archives, where she found written evidence of her time at the old convent. "I have a deep appreciation for how carefully the nuns preserve everything here. What a joy it is to reconnect with my formative years, which had such a great impact on my future choices. Thank you to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, to whom I owe so much," said Ms. Lamarre.
First season open for tourism
The MNA took the opportunity to congratulate the nuns on Marie-Rose Centre's success over the summer. In July and August, the Centre welcomed close to 500 visitors. The increased traffic is the result of the centre's expanded hours, a new partnership with the City of Longueuil and the inclusion of Marie-Rose Centre in the Saint Lawrence River Shrines route. Also the Centre hosted a popular August 13 event, La Passion d'Augustine...selon les SNJM, which featured a talk, a mini concert and an exhibit about the now-gone Saint-Antoine brook.
Historic sites to know and preserve
The experience was so positive that other similar activities are planned for next year. This policy of openness on the part of the Sisters is a deliberate approach to protect heritage. "Although we continue to actively use these historic sites as offices and a residence, we would like to make them more well-known to others. We think this is the best way to ensure they are protected in the medium- and the long-term," explained Catherine Ferguson, Superior General of the Congregation.
About the SNJM
The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) is an international community of Catholic religious women. In their mission, the SNJMs act with the assistance of associates, lay consecrated persons, volunteers, colleagues and friends. Founded in 1843 in Longueuil, Quebec, the congregation carries out its mission of education on three continents. To find out more, visit http://www.snjm.org.
The Passion of Augustine... according to the Sisters of the Holy Names
Special guest: screenwriter Marie Vien
Longueuil, August 1st 2016 - A talk* on The passion of Augustine, according to the SNJMs will take place, mainly in French, on Saturday, August 13 at 1 p.m. at the Congregational House of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM). The address is 80, Saint-Charles St. East, Longueuil. Everyone is welcome to attend and meet several sisters who were involved in teaching during the 1960s. You will also be able to meet one of the screenwriters for The passion of Augustine, Marie Vien. Ms. Vien consulted the Sisters of the Holy Names during the preparation of the script for this film which won the best film award at the 2016 Gala du cinéma québécois.