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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.

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.

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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)