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Celebration to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the beatification of Mother Marie-Rose

Several dozen of the faithful gathered in the Co-cathedral of St-Antoine de Padoue, Longueuil, Québec, to participate in the ceremony marking the 35th anniversary of the beatification of Mother Marie-Rose. On May 23, 1982, Pope John-Paul II declared Mother Marie-Rose “Blessed” characterizing her as a “flame of hope.”

During the very simple ceremony reminiscent of this first Canadian woman to found a teaching order of women religious, the priest delivered a homily retracing her journey. The celebration of thanksgiving was preceded by the reciting of the Rosary and the prayer for the canonization of Mother Marie-Rose.

After the celebration of thanksgiving, a number of participants went to the Marie-Rose Chapel in the co-cathedral to pay homage to her, pray for favours or pick up relics and the booklet about her beatification.
This booklet is an excellent source of information about the process leading up to the beatification and, above all, about Mother Marie-Rose. As emphasized by Sister Hermance Baril in a presentation text in 1982, Mother Marie-Rose was filled with an “ardent desire to do God’s will and to kindle the flame of love everywhere.”

Today, this woman of hope, who believed in the future, is still a source of inspiration for her community and for the Church. And, as Sister Hermance also pointed out, “To hope is to risk sharing in the everyday lives of the men and women of our time; it is being able to identify their needs and finding forward-looking answers.”


Visit of the Major Superiors of the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil to the Marie-Rose Centre

The Marie-Rose Centre welcomed the Major Superiors of the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil during their March 30 meeting at the SNJM Congregational House in Longueuil.

Despite their heavy agenda, the attendees were able to take a guided tour of the Marie-Rose Centre. They were struck by its beauty and particularly admired how this heritage building has been preserved.

In the company of Bishop Lionel Gendron, they visited the historic rooms (bedroom, office, chapter room and chapel) where Mother Marie-Rose lived and guided the founding of the first teaching congregation of women religious of Canadian origin.

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Sister Simone provides insight into the treasures of the museum, which features the works of the Congregation’s first five sisters.

In the chapter room, Sister Thérèse speaks from the Congregation’s first altar about the importance of the arts in education.

In the chapel, Sister Lisette explains the wall fresco (Lasalle and Marion) that depicts the life and works of Mother Marie-Rose.


Acts of the 2016 General Chapter: Distribution of the booklet Open Wide Our Doors

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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

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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

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

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