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Come and explore some chapters of our history and our heritage

 

Open House, Saturday May 26, at the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM)

 

On Saturday, May 26, 2018, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) will welcome visitors to their Open House at the Congregational House (the former Longueuil Convent).  On this first day of free-of-charge activities, organized to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the congregation, you will find several new features, including thematic tours on heritage, the beatification of the foundress as well as a spiritual component.

Along with these explorations, guided tours of the Marie-Rose Centre (museum), some historic rooms and the Foundation House will be offered. Visitors may also take in the archives exhibition, Educate to Liberate, and discover the diversity of the work carried out on three continents by the first teaching order of women religious founded by a Canadian woman, Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher. 

Weather permitting, visitors may also picnic on the SNJM grounds or in de la Baronnie Park located opposite the Congregational House. 

Opening up some pages of history

Did you know that the oldest original house on Saint-Charles Street in Longueuil, the home of a blacksmith and tool maker, is located on the heritage site of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM)? Would you be able to recognize an outdoor water stone?  

These are just a few of the discoveries you can make by registering for the guided heritage tour (1 hour in length), offered at 10:15 a.m. and at 1:15 p.m., during this day of activities open to the general public. 

 

History and heritage enthusiasts can enjoy an outdoor tour of the heritage site that offers a blend of architecture, archeology and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Saint-Antoine Brook.  In case of rain, this tour will take the form of an illustrated presentation indoors. Registration beforehand is required. 

 

A breath of spiritual fresh air

In addition to the heritage aspect, the program includes two other thematic explorations for which preregistration is required. As part of this week marking the anniversary of the beatification of Mother Marie-Rose (May 23, 1982), a commented presentation will be given on the process leading to this consecration by the Catholic Church (45 minutes in length). Many topics will be presented, including the research work done, the miracle, the process and the numerous requests for favours that are still being made to the SNJM foundress. This presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and will be repeated at 1:30 p.m. Preregistration beforehand is required.

A spiritual pause will be held in the magnificent chapel built in 1846. A simple reflective process will be offered, focused on the theme of presence, in which participants will be invited to “see the chapel through Mother Marie-Rose’s eyes.” This 30-minute activity will provide a breath of spiritual fresh air in the hectic lives we lead today. On the occasion of this day, the chapel will be set aside exclusively for moments of quiet reflection, except for the two guided spiritual pauses at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Registration beforehand is required.

Celebration 

This day of history and heritage activities for all will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Congregational House (the former Longueuil Convent) located at 80 Saint-Charles East, Longueuil. A Eucharistic Celebration commemorating the beatification of Marie-Rose Durocher will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue. This will bring to a close an important day of festivities for the 175th anniversary of SNJMs, an event offered as part of the City of Longueuil’s Journée histoire et patrimoine (History and Heritage Day) series under the cultural development agreement. 

To register for the three thematic explorations that require preregistration, please call 450-651-8104, extension 0 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to welcoming all visitors who will come on May 26. Admission is free. 

 

To learn more about the schedule of that day, see the PDF document.

Photo caption: The Longueuil Convent, now the Congregational House. Source: L001/F1 - Archives SNJM

Discover the History and Heritage of SNJMs

In this year commemorating 175 years of the existence of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), several activities and events are organized to make known the history and heritage of the first teaching congregation of women religious founded by a Canadian, Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher. Here is an overview of some of the activities.

 

EXHIBITION EDUCATE TO LIBERATE until January 25, 2019

Recognized for their mission of education, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) have always sought to meet the needs of local communities in education, spirituality, respect for human rights and justice.  Come and discover the diversity of their works on three continents and the spirit that continues to motivate them today.

Presented as part of the 175th anniversary of the first congregation of women religious founded by a Canadian woman, this archival exhibition is open by appointment to the public of all ages. Guided tour (duration 1 hour).

 

EXPLORE THE WORLD OF SNJMs

Broaden your exploration by visiting Marie-Rose Centre which is dedicated to the foundresses of the congregation, as well as the Foundation House, the chapel and the historic rooms where Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher lived.

A VISIT OF DISCOVERY

Enjoy some works of art by the sisters as well as numerous artifacts displayed at the Congregational House.

 

THEMATIC TRACKS

• Lover of history and heritage? Inquire about the Heritage Building track in which the concepts of architecture, archeology and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Saint-Antoine Stream, are interwoven. Minimum duration 1 hour.

• The Spiritual Pause track immerses you in the quiet reflective atmosphere of the original chapel of the Congregational House where the spirit of Mother Marie-Rose has brought comfort and inspiration to more than one visitor. All is pleasing to the eye and other senses, especially the artistic bas-relief, in this time given to personal reflection...

Visits from Tuesday through Friday by appointment. Summer schedule: Wednesday to Sunday by appointment. Voluntary contribution.

Launch of the Congregation’s 175th anniversary celebrations in Québec

INAUGURATION OF THE SNJM EXHIBITION, “EDUCATE TO LIBERATE” 

The inauguration of the archival exhibition EDUCATE TO LIBERATE on February 28 officially launched in Quebec the 175th anniversary year of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), the first teaching congregation of women religious founded by a Canadian woman. Many guests from all over the greater metropolitan area were present for this special event. As of now, the exhibition is open to the public of all ages, by appointment, at the Congregational House until January 25, 2019.

The evocative theme chosen for this archival exhibition, EDUCATE TO LIBERATE, is reflective of the spirit that inspired the foundress, Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, and the more than 10,000 sisters who have followed in her footsteps throughout these 175 years. In her presentation, Sister Denise Riel, Provincial Animator of SNJMs in Québec, recalled that “Mother Marie-Rose was deeply committed to helping young people develop their full potential. She firmly believed in education as a driver of social change, - a commitment that remains important to this day.”

The exhibition displays documents from the archives that trace the presence of SNJMs in the places across the world where they have lived and worked over the course of 175 years. The documents are grouped according to region. It is noteworthy that the exhibition highlights aspects of their commitments in domains that go well beyond teaching. 

Briefly stated, this exhibition of archival materials is an invitation to discover the diverse works, on three continents, of this congregation that has always sought, and still seeks today, to meet the needs of local communities in education, spirituality, respect for human rights and justice. 

A year focused on sharing and renewing ties

Recalling the courage and determination of the foundresses of the congregation, General Councillor Lorna Cooney emphasized their vision as well as their spirit of openness and cooperation with others in the milieu, qualities that remain operative to this day. A pioneer in several spheres of activity, as the exhibition EDUCATE TO LIBERATE demonstrates, the congregation remains active, both in the fields and through its public corporate stands, notably on issues facing migrants and refugees.  

Sister Cooney extended an invitation to the public, including former students, partners, employees and teaching colleagues, to take advantage of the anniversary year to participate in various activities that have been planned. “These events will be opportunities for sharing and discovering various facets of our congregation, as well as times for happy reunions.” 

In addition to enjoying the exhibition on the 175th SNJM anniversary, lovers of history, culture, and religious and architectural heritage may also visit Marie-Rose Centre, a museum dedicated to the foundresses. It includes the Foundation House, the chapel and the historic rooms where Mother Marie-Rose lived. Tours focused on specific themes will also offered to those who would like to explore certain areas in more depth. To tour the exhibition and, if you wish, to complement your visit by including the other elements of Marie-Rose Centre, please call 450-651-8104, extension 0, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment. Regular visiting hours are from Tuesday to Friday; the summer schedule is from Wednesday to Sunday. The Congregational House is located at 80, rue Saint-Charles Est, Longueuil.

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. 

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