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New Congregational Leadership Team

NEWCLTSisters Kathleen Ross, Linda Haydock, Mary Ellen Holohan and Lorna Cooney

 

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

DianeLamarreMNA Diane Lamarre with Catherine Ferguson, Superior General, and Denise Riel, Provincial Superior

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

 Marie-Stephane-ENGAn exam by Sister Director - In the foreground, Monik Grenier, pianist and1954 Europe Award winning; Andrée Poirier, violonist, "Sarah-Fisher" 54 scholarship holder; Anita Bérubé, singer and Claude Beaulieu, pianist and 1953 Archambault Award winning. Credit: Studio Jac-Guy

 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.

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A new cultural and spiritual destination

Logo Les Sanctuaires du Fleuve AN COULEUR

Longueuil, May 18, 2016 – Five religious heritage sites have come together to develop the Saint Lawrence River Shrines tour and present the public with a new tourist destination on Montreal's South Shore.

The official launching took place at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary with the support of a number of noted guests and local actors.

Members of the partnership include:
• The Saint Francis Xavier Mission and Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Kahnawà:ke
• The Cocathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue, Longueuil
• The Marie-Rose Centre, Longueuil
• The Sainte-Famille Church, Boucherville
• The Sanctuary of Saint Marguerite d'Youville,Varennes

Citations:

1. "The development of this unique experience is the result of a team work enabling us to combine our efforts with other spiritual centres by building on our offering". Catherine Ferguson, General Superior, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

2. "Tourisme Montérégie is proud to have collaborated in the development of this new venture that presents the religious heritage of the Monteregie and contributes to promoting tourism in our fabulous region." Josée Julien, General Director, Tourisme Montérégie

3. "This is the opportunity for small shrines like our own to be seen and heard. I invite all those that love history to discover and take pride in their heritage." Nicole Fournier, a representative of the Gray Nuns of Montreal

4. "Religious tourism is growing throughout the world and our initiative is part of that trend. A group like ours contributes to promoting our heritage and ensuring its sustainability." Kimberly Cross, Tourism Development Agent, Kahnawà:ke Tourism

5. "Each of the Saint Lawrence River Shrines is a place of welcome, of listening, of humility and friendship. With their individual personalities each blessed person or Saint, witnesses to Christ, invites us to life, to peace and to joy. Come and discover this unique experience!" Christian Rodembourg, pastor, Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue parish

6. "The staff and volunteers are already mobilized and committed to provide a welcoming atmosphere. They will do everything they can to satisfy the visitors every need, ensuring an unforgettable experience for the tourist." Daniel Boivin, pastor, Saint Famille Parish, Boucherville, Quebec.

The Saint Lawrence River Shrines
The Saint Lawrence River Shrines brings together five sites to bear witness to the religious devotion of the times and the great talent of their creators. From the Mohawk community in Kahnawà:ke to Varennes, to Longueuil and to Boucherville, tourists and pilgrims are welcomed to visit the shrines, all of which are located less than an hour from Montreal. Visit www.sanctuairesdufleuve.com

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, the 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

Annual Meeting of SNJM Leadership Teams

LeadershipteamsSisters Mary Rita Rohde, Marylyn Gibney, Catherine Ferguson and Eugenia Masheane attending their annual meeting.

Seven days of intensive work

Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, April 13, 2016 – the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary are opening today the annual meeting of the Congregation's Leadership Teams. From April 13 through 19, twenty seven members of the Leadership Teams will meet to review the previous year's work. The units represented at the meeting will include the Congregation's General Administration, the provinces of Quebec, Manitoba, Lesotho (Southern Africa), the US-Ontario, as well as its Mission Department. Superior General, Sister Catherine Ferguson, SNJM pointed out that "this will be the first opportunity for many newly elected teams to meet one another in person".

July 2016, a major gathering
Beyond the normal reports on activities, representatives will discuss preparations for the Congregation's 34th General Chapter, which will take place in July. It is important to remember that the principle task of General Chapter delegates is the election of the next Leadership Team and the adoption of the Congregation's objectives 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, the 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

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