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General Assembly of the CRC (Canadian Religious Conference)
From May 26 to 29, 300 religious gathered around the theme of the mission of the Congregation leaders, as appearing on the logo.

During the opening night, a native person of the Mohawk nation made us experience a purification ritual to free our spirit of all the negative and bring each participant to peace.

The theme was developed by Father Simon Pierre Arnold, osb. Having placed the religious life in the hollows of the tensions of the Kingdom, he invited us to walk toward a recreated religious life and a Mission Ad Gentes.

Strong moment of sharing and hope in the hollow of the challenges of our time.
The future of the Mother House
Montreal, May 16, 2016 – The Mayor of Montreal, Mr. Denis Coderre, in the presence of Sister Marie-Thérèse Laliberté, announced the intention of the city to acquire the vast property belonging to the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph.

This will allow the preservation of the building and natural heritage of this exceptional site and the enhancement of it, in coherence with its rich historical past, for the benefit of Montrealers. (more…)
In the footsteps of Jeanne Mance
At the invitation of the PRI Centre (Intercommunity Religious Presence) 17 persons were welcomed by Sister Cécile Gagné and a group of RHSJs at the RHSJ Mother House. (more…)
A man from La Flèche at the origin of Montreal
On April 8 and 9, a colloquium was dedicated to Jérôme at the initiative of the Bishop of Mans, His Excellency Yves Le Saux, and in the presence of the Archbishop of Montreal, His Excellency Christian Lépine.

The first day took place at the Centre l’Étoile in Mans and the second day at the theater of the Halle-au-blé of La Flèche.

The conferences and discussions allowed the participants to understand better the particular mission of this man at the origin of Montreal. They also took into consideration the mystical dimension of his mission which still inspires the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph, the lay persons associated to the spiritual family and all of those who are attached to his work.
Marie de la Ferre, a source of inspiration
So, let us remember that if the work of the Venerable Marie de la Ferre is so praiseworthy through so much good brought to the sick for centuries, the heart of her commitment was her faith and not a simple philanthropy. When still young, she would say firmly: «I want to see and know the God of the Christians».  (more…)
Becoming close to refugees
You remember this ambitious project of Danielle Létourneau: It was to ask Quebecers to knit 25, 000 woollen caps so that the refugees could keep not only their heads but also their hearts warm.

Listening to this call, the heart of an RHSJ of the Mother House resonated with it and immediately she asked how to respond.  This Sister knits woolen caps every winter for needy children.  There are already a lot travelling worldwide.

Another Sister inquired about where to send the nine woolen caps, shown in the photo, Now, nine little children’s heads will be warmed by this welcoming gesture. Included with these caps is all the love that we want to give to those who need to feel surrounded by love while they are far from their homeland.

Sister Louisette
Together, let us celebrate our Founder Jérôme Le Royer
On this November 6th, the family of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph celebrated our Founder’s entrance into heaven.  In St. Basile, Bishop Champagne presided the celebration which took on a color of its own.

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Wake the world
In Quebec City, on October 26 and 27, 350 Religious, Consecrated Religious and some lay persons gathered for a colloquium on consecrated life.  Among them nine RHSJ had the joy of being present.

Three themes for reflection marked out these two days:
- Look at the past with gratitude;
- Live the present with passion;
- Embrace the future with hope.
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Charism, a compass for our life.
From August 24 to 29, 2015, eleven associates of Quebec participated in the session on the charism with Marie-Marcelle Desmarais, Director of the IFHIM. It was a big investment for all, but when I heard the comments following the session, I heard only positive comments.  This evaluation does not hide the fact that the approach was difficult for some.  In conclusion, the experience was very rich.

Thanks for your sharing.  I also transmitted to the General Council your gratitude for this week of formation.  Now, I would like to share with all the associates the fruits of the session by sharing simply some of the reflections.
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Jeanne Mance honored at Notre Dame Basilica during a Mass of Thanksgiving
On Sunday, September 6, a Solemn Mass, with Most Reverend Christian Lepine, Archbishop of Montreal as presider, gathered hundreds of persons in Notre Dame Basilica around the Religious Hospitallers. 
For the entrance procession Robert Lebel honoured us with a new hymn dedicated to Jeanne Mance, “There is nothing in the world….”
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June 24, 2015 in Kingston
While Quebec celebrated St-Jean-Baptiste Day, the Board of Directors of the Kingston Hospital chose this day to celebrate the 170th anniversary of its foundation by the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph, in 1845.
It was the occasion to look back and give praise for the 165 predecessors who worked in this institution with tenderness, compassion and skill.
A commemorative plaque was unveiled and blessed by His Excellency Brendon M. O’Brien, archbishop of Kingston.
You will remember that He loves you!
This was the theme for the Youth gathering held at the Montreal Grand Seminary on the occasion of its 175th anniversary. 

Two hundred young people aged 18 to 30 were invited to reflect on different vocations having their source in baptism.

The young people had conferences on baptism, marriage, celibacy, priesthood, the permanent diaconate and religious life.

Forty-five kiosks, animated by the congregations (including the RHSJs), different institutes, life groups, secular institutes, new communities, etc. allowed the youth to discover all the possible ways to answer the Lord’s call.


Two groups of multicultural origin came to discover the Mother House and share their questions with Srs. Nicole Gaudet and Louisette Lelièvre.

Let us hope that during this gathering, a great number of young people have had the experience of meeting a God full of love who guides their way.

Sr. Louisette and Sr. Colette
Prayer to ask for the canonisation of Jeanne Mance
God almighty, you inspired Jeanne mance to leave her country to come and testify of your tenderness in New France.  She did it so admirably that we recognized in her the «souls» and the «angel» of the colony that was being founded in Ville-Marie.

Attentive to events, she made herself available to everyone. With all of her heart, she put herself to the service ot the sick, loving them like you loved them. She was audacious, courageous and «heroic».

In thanking you for what you accomplished in her and through her, we pray You: May the sanctity of her life be fully recognized soon in the midst of the Church.

Amen
On this day of April 19, in the Mother House chapel, we praise God.
Since November 2014, we knew that Pope Francis has declared Venerable Jeanne Mance, cofounder of Montreal and founder of Hôtel Dieu.  But this day, the official decree from Rome is handed to us by Father Eric Sylvestre pss, postulator of our founders' cause.

As Mrg Lépine says:«Jeanne Mance, woman of faith and charity, built her life on the solid Rock that is God». In her continuation, let us walk in her footsteps in the light of our charism.

What we have in common - what distinguishes Jews, Christians and Muslims
When we come close to a population in which the great religions are present, many questions come to our minds and also to our hearts. A brief meeting on the subject took place at the mother house in March 2015.

Sr. Louisette captured the attention of her audience in the first minutes with a question that seemed innocent enough: How many Jew, Muslims and Christians live in Quebec? The first responses were: «Many... numerous... perhaps 3,000 or 5,000,» only to learn that the Muslims in Quebec number 875,000 and the Jews 375,000 and the Christians? It is difficult to say today because many are no longer baptized and the great majority of the population no longer practices. We have to be aware that we are undergoing a cultural and also a religious revolution. (more…)
Jeanne Mance soon to be declared Venerable
November 7, 2014 - The RHSJ learned with great joy that Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtues of Jeanne Mance, a native of France and missionary to Canada.
She was the foundress of Hotel Dieu in Montreal, the person who prepared the way for the coming of the Hospitallers of Saint Joseph. Let us bless the Lord and thank him with all our hearts.  In his next decree Pope Francis, will declare her Venerable.
Some Canadians Visit La Flèche

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - The canonization of Bishop François de Laval and Sr. Marie de l’Incarnation, Ursuline, on April 3 brought 125 pilgrims to the Prytanée in la Flèche.
As did our founder Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière, Bishop Laval attended the college of the Jesuits, which became the Prytanée. (more…)
An African gathering

Sunday, October 18, 2014 - On Missionary Week which was from October 12 - 19, a celebration took place with the residents of the Beaupréau Retirement Home. (more ...)
Meeting of Associates France - Canada

September 27, 2014 - The two associate groups from Laval-Angers and LaFleche met for their annual meeting at the Cotellerie community near Laval. In spite of two absentees, seventeen Associates were present along with Sr. Armande Nicole and Sr. Gisele Jaguelin. (more...)
Inculturation of the mayan prayer

Their time of prayer can last 40 minutes or more on their knees, with the use of natural signs which have meaning for them (water, air, the earth, corn). Their prayer concludes with a traditional dance of the whole assembly which can last a long time.They have all the time in the world... for God. (more...)
Live vocation today

« The ways we experience these renunciations and the way we follow Christ are different, but the difficulty is not greater.  The human being has the same fundamental needs and the same existential anxieties. Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going? » (more...)
Sr. Marie-Blanche Leblanc: volunteer in palliative care

 (...) In this hospital world I am called to respect religious pluralism, atheism. Each person is unique, that is why when I meet a brother or a sister, it is always a new experience… (more...)
Marie-de-la-Ferre Residence
Health tips

Nurse or ...rash

To care implies putting ourselves in the rhythm, in the diapason, in the flow of life in people who suffer in body and in soul.

I have the firm conviction that the course of my life prepared me for this job. I am 34 years old and I once again became a student, this time in health care.

In the course of my twenties, my encounters and my occupations forged me: I reconciled with my identity, I learned to take care of my body, I grew in spirituality.

No other job could allow me to take so much advantage of this progress, to share such privileged moments with my fellow human beings.

To leave everything to become a nurse in 2015 in Quebec is… rash, as we say. Maybe…but for me it is in the natural order of things.

Louise Ouedraogo
EVER PRESENT WITNESSES
September 1949

In 1949, following the request of His Excellence Henri Routhier, bishop of Nassus and coadjutor of Grouard, Sister Blanche Garceau, superior of the Hotel Dieu of Windsor (Ontario) thinks of the foundation of works in the region of Whitelaw, north of the river La Paix in the north of Alberta: (more…)
Comité des fondateurs
Musée des Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal