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A new cultural and spiritual destination

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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

Launching SNJM’s volunteer awareness campaign

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Longueuil, February 8, 2016 - The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) are enthusiastically launching 2016 with an awareness building campaign promoting opportunities for volunteering with the community.

The objective of the campaign is to facilitate the recruitment of volunteers for six organizations that are connected with the Sisters or SNJM Associates. These organizations serve people on the margins of society. In all, the community hopes to fill 8 positions in four countries.The positions are:

1. Outreach Volunteer (Centro Social Madre Maria Rosa, Brazil)
2. Early Learning Assistant (Heritage University, United States)
3. Cultural Facilitator (Marie-Rose Children's House, Canada)
4. Outreach Volunteer (Centro « Maria-Rosa » - Perú, Peru)
5. Research and Resource Assistant (IPJC, United States)
6. Kitchen Assistant (Heritage University, United States)
7. Studio Assistant (Artbeat Studio, Canada)
8. Library Assistant (Heritage University, United States)

These postings are part of SNJM's Solidarity Projects, an exciting program offering opportunities to build a better world. Background information on one of these positions will be featured monthly on our Facebook campaign page.

Join in, "like", share and promote the campaign
What can you do? Become an active part of this campaign by spreading the word. Help link the right volunteer to the right position. Go to the Facebook campaign page and click the "Like" button. Quick, easy and the most effective way you can keep the SNJM Charism alive! Let's make it happen! Here is a link to the solidarity projects Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SNJMSolidarityProjects

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


For further information:
Isabelle Roy
Director of communications
Tel: 450 651-8104 ext. 1202
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Second International Day against Human Trafficking

On February 8, 2016, let's pray and share against Human Trafficking!

Longueuil, Quebec, Canada - January 30, 2016, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary invites the public, its members and friends to celebrate the Second International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.

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The Sisters of the Holy Names pray for a fair, practical, binding and universal agreement on climate change

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Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, November 30, 2015 – The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) ask the general public, their members and friends to join them in praying that the United Nations Conference on Climate Change manages to come together to develop a fair, practical and legally binding agreement.

To pray in an informed manner
The SNJM's Justice and Peace Network also encourages everyone to become more informed about and to reflect on the issue of climate change from a spiritual perspective. The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, an SNJM sponsored NGO, has developed two educational guides to help inform and structure this reflection:
• "Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion" a booklet offering four training sessions on climate change
• A new "Laudato Si' Reflection Guide", which provides additional information along with extracts from "Laudato Si' " Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and issues of human ecology. The guide is intended to help facilitate understanding of Pope Francis' message.

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