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You often heard us talking about this famous Foundation in which the Establishments of the Sainte-Famille Association of Beaupreau were to enter.
On December 8, on the feast of Immaculate Conception, we received the decree of the Ministry recognising this FASSIC foundation.
Good news we want to share with you and along with you, thank the Lord. But it is only one stage, now we must pass to the concrete realization which will see seven establishments merge under a sole governance. Let us keep up hope, our Founders have seen others similar to it! Let us continue to entrust them with the realization of this foundation which aims to perpetuating human and Christian values in the service of the person.

Sr. Gisele Jaguelin, R.H.S.J.
Sr. Louisette Lelièvre, R.H.S.J
Hotel Dieu Hospital is moving - the Mission continues
On November 5th, the eve of the anniversary of Jerome Le Royer’s death, Hotel Dieu Hospital closed its doors to inpatients. It is at the CHUM (the new hospital of the University of Montreal), that the last Hospitaller at Hotel Dieu will continue her mission.

(To read an extract of the interview, click on In Mission/Apostolate/A RHSJ at the new CHUM.)
Let's remember Jerome Le Royer - True disciple of Jesus
Jerome, in June 1659, accompanied three Daughters Hospitallers to La Rochelle for the great departure to New France. When he came back to La Fleche, his health deteriorated definitively until his death on November 6, 1659. Throughout this week, our spiritual family, RHSJ and Associates, we are asking him to intercede for us with the Lord so that wherever we are we may be faithful disciples of Jesus.
ARHSJ Regional Congress in Bathurst
«Come and see Acadia» it was the right moment… the sun, the flamboyant colours, the warm reception of the RHSJs; everything was there to welcome the forty RHSJ Associates to this gathering from October 13 to 15, 2017, which had for theme:

             The joy of commitment

Meeting during which Mgr. Champagne intervened around the theme of the joy of the Gospel and the new Evangelization. Father Wesley Wade led us to the deep sense of our spirituality of communion and Sister Louisette Lelièvre concluded the meeting by inviting each group to reflect on the orientations to take in order to assure the continuity of our charism for today’s world.

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Venerable Marie de la Ferre
On July 28, the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph and Associates remember their founder Marie de la Ferre, who died in Moulins in 1652 when an epidemic was raging at the community’s hospital.

Our Superior General invited us, on this anniversary day, to remember this woman of whom the Bishop of Angers said: «She is of those who truly love God and she did everything with great love… she is by her very being a daughter of charity and daughter of humility». (positio p. 293)
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Montreal remembers… Jeanne Mance
Yes, let us remember the arrival of Jeanne Mance in New France on May 17, 1642.
The Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph wish to celebrate the event on May 19th at the Jeanne Mance auditorium of the Hotel Dieu of Montreal, under the presidency of Mrs. France Chrétien Desmarais, President of the Society of the 375th Anniversary of Montreal and the General Consul of France, Mrs. Catherine Feuillet.
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May 17, 2017 - Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal
The Hospitallers of Saint Joseph in large numbers participated in the Mass of the 375th Anniversary of the City of Montreal. His Grace Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, was the main celebrant.
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RHSJ Family meeting
The RHSJ General Council being in France, the Sisters, lay and consecrated Associates gathered in Beaupréau for a renewal day. The speaker, Father Marcel Aubrée, is a consecrated life delegate in the diocese of Rennes.
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Living Memory

The last moments of Jerome Le Royer

In 1659, Jerome Le Royer was 62, he was preparing to send the first three Daughters of Saint Joseph to New France, the last objective of his threefold mission. But he had many problems:

- An increasingly more difficult financial situation (more and more difficult) which ended in bankruptcy, his family was ruined.

- His health was deteriorating, several diseases at the same time and for which according to medicine of the time no hope of healing could be given.


- The hostility of the inhabitants of La Fleche regarding his project to send the first Hospitallers to New France.

- Internal difficulties in the community because of the solemn vows imposed by Bishop Henri Arnauld.


As his friend Baron de Fancamp wrote the man of sorrows had to remain in bed when he returned from La Rochelle, where he had led the Hospitallers for their departure to Canada. In addition to the physical pains, Jerome Le Royer was deprived of all felt graces, he was like Job in the Bible. For him, who was the faithful friend and spiritual son, a saint was dead. When he asked Jerome what he wished to remember when his lucidity would diminish, he answered: «You know my heart: God is the master».

(extract of the book of B. Peyrous, Jérôme Le Royer p. 123)