As part of the series of lectures on the discovery of other Religious Congregations, Sisters Juliette Bonneau and Gisèle Raymond of the "Filles de la Providence of Saint-Brieuc" related the journey of this French Congregation, founded almost 200 years ago.
The presenters recalled the origins of this Congregation of Pontifical Right, founded by Jean-Marie de La Mennais with the goal of providing education for young girls, a mission which was later expanded to caring for the sick.
In 1897, the first Sisters of this Congregation arrived in Canada to open schools in Saskatchewan and Alberta, where they worked for a long time with the indigenous peoples.
Also present in Quebec, particularly in the diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, they worked primarily in the education of children. Recently, this Congregation has been supporting the efforts of private sponsorship groups for Syrian refugees.
Today, this Congregation, despite their very limited number (less than 80 members), is still active in France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Uganda.
The audience appreciated the presentation given by the two FDLP Sisters. The conference generated many questions and discussions. We are reminded that this activity, held on October 18th, was organized by the Recreation Committee of Maison Jésus-Marie, and is part of the series "Discovery of other Religious Congregations" in the diocese.