Based on the conclusions of a reflection, that was conducted in the diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil under the title "The Parish of Tomorrow”, the organization Chemins de Vie began its activities in February 2003. This was in response to the need to develop a place which would have as its mission the welcoming and accompaniment of people in their spiritual quest. From the outset, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary were committed to this initiative. Sr. Denise Riel was a co-founder of the organization and later became its coordinator, a post she held for ten years.
Faithful to its mission since the beginning, Chemins de Vie provides support to those who wish to initiate or continue, in a new way, a process of spiritual search and growth. Chemins de Vie finds its source in Christian spirituality. However, at the same time, the organization is open to welcoming people of all beliefs or religions, without trying to proselytize them.
The mission is marked by attitudes of welcoming, listening and respect, which are necessary in order to foster freedom of speech in the spiritual quest. These conditions enable people to journey at their own pace as they become actively involved in their spiritual journey, in fidelity to their personal call. Chemins de Vie also offers an experience of community for those who wish to pursue this approach with other people and create links of mutual assistance and solidarity.