Something new?

New buds with the Associates
Yes, let us rejoice and be in communion on this September 8, 2018 when, in the new group of Associates of Beaupreau, in France, Jean, Jacqueline, Marie Renee and Marie Paule will celebrate their first commitment as associate lay persons in the RHSJ spiritual family.
Tracadie event in September
If you have the chance to be near Tracadie, don’t hesitate to participate in the event of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the RHSJ in Tracadie, which takes place during the month of September and especially from the 28 to the 30th.
Let us remember and pay tribute to our predecessors.
The 50th anniversary of the statue of Jeanne Mance in Langres
On May 5, 2018, 80 persons were present to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the statue of Jeanne Mance in Langres, France. Five persons of Montreal accompanied Mrs. Monique Lanouette-Beaucage, new person in charge of the Jeanne Mance Centre of Montreal and Mrs. Huguette Pagé-Deschamps, representative of the Montreal Hotel Dieu Nurse Association. It was a beautiful celebration…
Pilgrimage to our roots
Dear Sisters and Associates,
Throughout this pilgrimage to our roots, you were all present… Each Region will certainly receive news through those who made the trip, but I wanted today to give you some echoes of this week in the footsteps of our Founders.

Words or expressions surfaced during special moments, but also in the group experience. They were of Thanksgiving for these moments of spiritual and historical renewal. An opportunity for relational, cultural and different discoveries, but connected with the same source. There was a deepening of our faith and hope, in the Mission to which the Lord calls us through our belonging to the RHSJ Spiritual Family.

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Lieutenant-Governor's Medal Presented to the RHSJ
The Honorable Michel Doyon, Lieutenant-Governor, presented the gold medal to Sister Marie-Thérèse Laliberté, for the RHSJ Congregation, on April 15, 2018.

Here is the complete text which was read at the medal presentation:

«The Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph of Montreal Recipients of Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for exceptional merit – 2018

The citation is as follows:

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Doris Custeau Living Memory
Tribute to Sister Marie-Blanche Leblanc from
«Regroupement interprofessionnel des intervenants retraités des services de santé»
(Inter professional group of retired contributors to healthcare services).

Let us be proud and rejoice for this tribute to Sister Marie-Blanche for these years as a nurse in Quebec, but also in Africa.
Sister Nicole Allard 50th anniversary of religious profession
It is with joy that we congratulate Sister Nicole Allard on the 50th anniversary of her religious profession. This celebration  took place in Montreal, on May 12, 2018.

We give praise for these many years of service to the Congregation. In finance, on various boards of directors and General and Provincial Administrations.

All our best wishes on the new paths in the Lord’s company.
When the people of Laval were cared for at Saint-Julien
The old Saint-Julien Hospital. It is still how the people of Laval speak of the islet which was sold by the City to a private promotor in September 2017.
This “rebirth” was clarified by the diocese, which devoted an exposition on the «founder of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint-Joseph: Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière. This Congregation he founded cared for generations of the people of Mayenne. They were present in Laval and Ernée for more than three centuries, from 1678 to 2010.
The Exposition ends Friday April 27, at the Cardinal-Billé House. Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 PM: a guided visit and testimony of Marie-Thérèse Rivière, consecrated lay person of the congregation, one of the last nurses of Saint-Julien.

April 20, 2018

V. Larat
Finally, the web capsules are here!
I am happy to announce the launching of the series «Extraordinary stories of Hospitallers», twelve dramatic capsules captured by Made in Media and broadcast on the website hopitaliere.tv

Several RHSJ generously collaborated in the compilation of pastoral experiences, memories, testimonies and diverse documents to enrich these stories on the nature of their Hospitallers’ work since the first day in Montreal.

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You called me... here I am!
On January 25, 2018, in the San Carlos Chapel, San Anita parish, in Lima, Elizabeth Pujols Diaz pronounced her first vows in our religious family of the Hospitallers of Saint Joseph.

A lot of joyful excitement enlivened this parish and community center, serving the poor of the sector. A place well-known by the Hospitallers, who have been present there since 1998.

Elizabeth had the joy of being surrounded by her parents, who came from Dominican Republic, her native country. All the Sisters of Latin America and those of the General Council were present, along with young sisters from CONFER, Associates and many friends of the community. All participated in the celebration of Eucharist with Father Rourque, priest of the parish, as presider and a priest from Huaraz.

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Good News
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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The RHSJ Spiritual Family of Quebec gathers in Montreal.
On November 18, 2016, from all over Quebec, Associates came together to experience a renewal day with the theme: «Mercy». The speaker, Mrs. Christianne Cloutier, already known to many, was able to bring the Word of God to life and adapt it to people today. Huguette Pagé and Gaston Provencher, the new Regional Coordinators, can be proud of their initiative. Twenty-five Associates and around forty RHSJ enjoyed this day filled with sharing and communion.

Sister Louisette Lelièvre
General Coordinator
A festive RHSJ family
Each year, RHSJ, Associates and Consecrated lay persons, we have at heart to celebrate the anniversary day of Jerome Le Royer’s entry in heaven.

This year was no exception to the tradition. A day of thanksgiving in every place in the world where RHSJs are present. We also had the joy to welcome the first commitment of many Associate Persons, as well as participate to the consecration of Gisèle Besson, who became the second consecrated lay person, with Marie-Thérèse Rivière, in link with the RHSJs.
The World Social Forum 2016 - A first in North America
The World Social Forum 2016 has been in existence since 2001 in the countries of the South, but for the first time, Montreal welcomed the largest international gathering for a more united and equitable world, from August 9 to 14, 2016.

120 countries participated to the event. 1 300 workshops and 22 major conferences were offered from 13 chosen themes from social and united economic alternatives in the face of the capitalist crises to the culture of peace and the fight against racism, the disparities and all the questions concerned with international solidarity.
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Entrance of Daphly Maurice to the postulate
On the feast of our Founder Marie de la Ferre, we joyfully praised the Lord for the entrance of Daphly as a postulant. Daphly is Haitian and she will join Elizabeth, a Dominican in formation in Lima, Peru. Let us pray that the Lord accompany her on her path.
World Youth Days - Krakow 2016
From all over the world, thousands of young people will go the the WYD (World Youth Days) in Krakow from July 26 to 30, 2016. Let us united with them through prayer.

We share with you the official prayer of the WYD:

«God, merciful Father,
in your Son, Jesus-Christ, you have revealed your loveand poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
we entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman.

We entrust to you in a special way
young people of every language, people and nation: guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today
and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.
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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.
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Living Memory

Whitelaw Hotel Dieu Community, September 1949

In 1949, following a request of His Excellency Henri Routhier, bishop of Nassus and co-adjurer of Grouard, Sister Blanche Garceau, superior of the Hotel Dieu of Windsor, in Ontario, considered the foundation of a mission in the region of Whitelaw, North of the La Paix river in North Alberta.
«It was decided by the Council to send three representatives to assure themselves of the possibilities of this foundation. The three chosen were Reverend Mother Garceau, Superior, Sister Marie de la Ferre, Councillor and Sister Marie Roy, bursar. After a few days wait for a scheduled flight to Edmondton, the trio set out on their mission accompanied by our prayers and good wishes for a safe and successful journey. It was Friday, September 24, the feast of Our Lady of Mercy. Our dear travellers returned within a week from the farthest adventure in the Northwest ever to be made by any of our sisters. They were more than satisfied with the opportunity given them to obtain first-hand information from His Excellency Bishop Routhier and the people of Whitelaw»
Sources:
Our [first] glimpse of Whitelaw. 1949/09/26. L2-12: Fond of the Whitelaw Hotel Dieu Community. Archives Service of the RHSJ General Administration: L2-12/11.1, 01. Identification: Sister Marie Roy, Sister Laura Lebœuf (Marie-de-la-Ferre) and Sister Blanche Garceau.

1949-1979 Anal. L2-12: Fond of the Whitelaw Hotel Dieu Community. Archives Service of the RHSJ General Administration: L2-12/8. 15,03, page 5.