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Seven Weeks for Water 2018 Campaign

Since 2008, The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) has been using the Season of Lent to provide weekly theological reflections and other resources on water. 

We are reminded that water has great spiritual importance in the Christian tradition as a gift from God.  This scarce resource is threatened in many parts of the world while millions of people are denied access to clean drinking water. This problem is at the heart of the corporate stand taken by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), and formalized in 2013. Bear in mind that access to clean water and quality sanitation facilities has been recognized as a human right since 2010. 

See the text for reflection for this 5th Week for Water and the texts already published in the column to the right under “Prayers and Reflections”.

Link to the Ecumenical Water Network 

“Life is gratitude…”

The annual SNJM Birthday Party, drawing inspiration from the theme "A Toast to Life" provided the participants with uplifting moments for rejoicing and sharing. The program, complete with songs, dances and discussion, delighted everyone. For further details about this delightful gathering and to see the photos, click here.

Sing of life, sing of love through poetry

For a fourth consecutive year, the Sisters at Maison Jésus-Marie welcomed a group of poets, who visited the various community rooms to share their poetic creations. Although this literary gathering made reference to various present-day world concerns, an atmosphere of lightheartedness prevailed throughout.  Some of the best moments…

A special concert filled with wonderful moments

The chapel at Maison Jésus-Marie was the setting for an outstanding moment during the presentation of Jean Saulnier's piano recital, on February 11th. Usually coming to present his students in preparatory concerts for the end-of-session exams from the Université de Montréal, Mr. Saulnier delivered a remarkable solo performance while saving a surprise for his audience …

Having fun at any age!

It is not the first time that the Recreation Committee from Maison Jésus-Marie has organized a bean bag toss tournament.  And if we can believe the comments, it will not be the last!

Rejoice, Evaluate, Contemplate

As part of the World Day for Consecrated Life, a gathering of consecrated persons from the Saint-Jean-Longueuil Diocese took place at Maison Jésus-Marie. Presentation of documents recalling the essence of consecrated life, discussions, and feedback preceded the Eucharistic Celebration. During this year’s celebration, the 175th Anniversary of the foundation of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) was highlighted. To learn more and to see the photo album.

A musical and narrative experience dedicated to romanticism

The renowned artists Lorraine Prieur, Claudine Lapointe and Luc Saucier gave a musical and cultural performance with the evocative theme "The Romantic Keyboard". Between musical selections played solo or Piano 4-Hands, and some "lieder", the audience was delighted with a narrative presentation on the life of some of the great composers of that era. To know more…

Journey into the world of the “Institut Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil de Montréal”

Sister Esther Champagne, from the "Institut Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil de Montréal", was the guest speaker at the first conference of 2018, presented at Maison Jésus-Marie. This talk was delivered with a great deal of dynamism, as this committed Sister helped us to learn about her congregation, which is dedicated to social action and advocating for the development of commitment to responsible citizenship. To learn more

Reflections on spirituality

How can we define what spiritually is? A new video documentary produced by the organization Chemins de vie attempts to demystify this universal concept. Referring to the words of a song by Gerry Boule, "Je vois la vie avec les yeux du cœur, je suis plus sensible à l’invisible et à tout ce qu’il a à l’intérieur…" (I see life with the eyes of the heart, I am more sensitive to the invisible and to all that it has within it ...), the priest and co-founder of the organization, Clement Farley, sees in the words a " marvelous definition of spirituality. Others speak of liberation or of ways to "make us more human". Discover this video documentary here (in French only).

A look back at the year 2017

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) experienced an eventful year in 2017. With the theme "Gratitude and SNJM Commitments" we are able, through 12 key moments, to take a glance back at this very busy year. To rediscover it …

“Music unites…”

Between Christmas and New Year's Day, the young singer Julien Brodeur-Laughton (Julien Brody) returned to Maison Jésus-Marie, to present his concert of sacred songs.  At the age of 8, this youngster with a unique voice began his career with renowned professors. Always anxious to perfect his art, he studied last summer at the Berlin Opera Academy and the Philadelphia Academy of Music. 

Eager to share the love of these masterpieces with as many people as possible in order to have an impact on peace and to bring life to his "music unites" approach, Julien gives several concerts a year. We are reminded that Julien is the son of a former SNJM student. See Sister Gisèle Lalande’s photos.

Experiencing what refugees are undergoing…

Four representatives from the SNJM Mission Sector recently participated in an enriching and touching event on the lived experiences of refugees. With the goal of sensitizing people and raising their awareness, this well-orchestrated day promoted a better understanding of the dilemmas and risks confronting millions of refugees per year. To live the experience as if you were there…

An ever-appreciated gathering with the youth from “Maison des enfants Marie-Rose”

It is a pleasure, during the holiday season, to become immersed in tradition especially when it involves the vitality of young people, who are always happy to display their skilfulness and their talents. On December 16, a group of young people from Maison des enfants Marie-Rose, in Beauharnois, came to perform their annual concert for the Sisters at Maison Jésus-Marie.

You had to see the sparkling eyes of the children who were so happy and excited to find themselves outside of their usual surroundings to stage their performance. It was also quite stimulating for the audience, who were treated to dance and song demonstrations illustrating the diversity of the emerging talents of these 6 to 12 year olds.  We are reminded that this house of arts and culture promotes the skill development and potential of young people, who are introduced to an array of artistic activities, while not being pressured to perform. This is an approach largely inspired by the principles put forth by Mother Marie-Rose promoting the full development of the human person.       A photographic glance at these young people’s remarkable visit.  Photos  -  Sister Gisèle Lalande)

Celebration of Gratitude at Maison Jésus-Marie

Just before Christmas, Sisters Gaby, Jacqueline, Jocelyne, Michelle et Beverley organized a special festive get-together for all the volunteers who had given "of their very best" this year at Maison Jesus Marie.  A meal, games and prizes, lots of laughter and joy were integral to this celebration.  Sister Beverley, in the name of the Province Leadership Team, expressed the following sentiments: “During the year 2018, we wish you all the gifts that God knows you need, including faith in Jesus who gives meaning to our lives, joy in the presence of his people, hope in the future and peace in the contemplation of the love God gives to us.”   See the photos taken by Sister Gisèle Lalande.