“The Passion of Augustine… according to the SNJM’s”
“One reaps what one sows” goes the old saying. The SNJM’s received a large bushel of love and gratitude during this memorable day at the Congregational House on August 13. Actually, some 250 people passed through the doors of the House to participate in an informal historical talk, attend a concert and visit the various exhibits, the historic rooms, the Foundation House and the Centre Marie-Rose with its treasures.
Organized within the framework of cultural activities for the Archeological Month of the City of Longueuil, this day generated a lot of interest from the public. A week before these activities actually took place, it was impossible to register for the informal historical talk or the musical concert, due to the lack of places in the chapel.
An edifying passion
The participants, about half of whom were former students, discovered the sense of humour of the six Sisters who were panelists called to witness to their lived experiences during the sixties. They each related a few anecdotes with simplicity. They responded to questions from the audience and received with gratitude, the testimonies of the support given by people of all ages.
The scriptwriter of the film “The Passion of Augustine”, Marie Vien and the renowned musician, Lorraine Prieur, a former SNJM student, joined their voices to those of this group of panelists. They emphasized, each in their own way, their knowledge of and personal experience with the religious congregation, recognized for its significant contribution to teaching, including the teaching of music.
Lorraine Prieur made particular mention of the importance of the SNJM’s in her life both as a woman and as a professional musician. She spoke about her pride in continuing to transmit the SNJM values through her work with young musicians.
In dealing with the audience, the scriptwriter Marie Vien explained what had deeply motivated her at the beginning of this project. In response to questions from the audience, she provided explanations for her choices for certain aspects of the film.