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The SNJMs continue to be partners in the “Portée Pédagogique Series”

The New Program for the “Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil” (OSDL)

For several years now, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) have been supporting the "Portée Pédagogique Series". Its main objectives are to introduce young people to the treasury of classical music and to play a role in keeping them in school. Sister Denise Riel, Provincial Animator, participated in the presentation of the program for the 32nd season of the 'Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil', led by Marc David. Knowing the importance of the teaching of music in the history of the Congregation of teachers, it is obvious that the SNJMs would want young people to be educated regarding the contribution of music as well as the importance of learning it; thus echoing the words of Nathalie Pépin, SNJM, "Music is an extraordinary opening to beauty, enabling a direct and accessible expression of everything that we are experiencing, I simply cannot imagine a world without music.”  For more information on the OSDL’s 2017-2018 program, see the press release… (in French only)

Significant participation of the SNJMs in the “Journées de la culture”

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) will participate in the Journées de la Culture on September 30 and October 1. In addition to the presentation of an original theatrical creation that is to be presented just once, the Marie-Rose Center will welcome the public on Saturday afternoon, while Maison Jésus-Marie will present a concert with the vocal ensemble Polymnia, on the Sunday afternoon. To learn more…

Celebration of gratitude and a reunion at Sainte-Émélie: Mission accomplished!

The emotion and joy of those who gathered on August 26 at Résidence Sainte-Émélie was tangible. A quick flashback to a great moment in SNJM history in the neighborhoods of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve-Viauville

Another successful “Open House” experience

Nearly 200 people took advantage of the "open house" weekend at the SNJM Congregational House to discover or rediscover the many facets of the first Canadian Congregation of Women Religious Teachers. At Parc de la Baronnie, visitors had an opportunity to meet various historical figures including Mother Marie-Rose, personified by an SNJM collaborator. For details about this successful week-end, click here.

A breath of summer at Maison Jésus-Marie

The ambiance of summer is in full swing at Maison Jésus-Marie. Besides the garden and flowers that brighten the lives of the Sisters, there are special activities such as “BBQ Fridays” organized by the Recreation Committee. To learn more… 

A joyful celebration to mark the 100th birthday of Sister Gertrude Charlebois

It was a joy-filled day of celebration on July 12, the occasion of the 100th birthday of Sister Gertrude Charlebois. Eucharistic celebration, refreshments, presentation of a slide show and chatting with members of her family and the Sisters ... all of these elements came together leading everyone to enjoy wonderful moments at this jubilee.  Indeed, it was “a memorable event”.  Read the article, and see the photos and the slideshow…

A vegetable garden or the art of cultivating a sense of wonder... at Maison Jésus-Marie

The organizers of the vegetable garden at Maison Jésus-Marie have doubled their efforts this year to expand and arrange the gardening space in the inner courtyard. In spite of the spring rain, the work carried out was already bearing fruit when the photos were being taken for this article which is intermingled with family anecdotes. This unfolding of nature was definitely attracting the interest of the residents. To learn more and to maintain the spirit of summer…

A touching reunion for a group of 15 women from the class of 1952!

Friendships enduring more than 65 years after having spent several years together at College Jésus-Marie, is an extremely rare occurrence which merits being highlighted.  Discover the story of these women who have left their mark, since meeting at Collège Jésus-Marie. 

Sister Claudette Bastien participated in the International Meeting of

Sister Claudette Bastien, SNJM, was filled with enthusiasm when she returned from her participation in a meeting of the Talitha Kum organization, the International Network for Consecrated Life against Human Trafficking. The meeting, which took place in Rome, brought together representatives from all continents. To learn more about this conference…

Gathering of the Marylrose Group of Associates

Sunday afternoon, June 11th, the Sisters and Associates of the Marylrose group gathered at Marylrose Residence for a time to pray, share, celebrate and witness the renewal of commitment by three of our Associates, who were unable to attend the ceremony in the fall.   Read further…


Elementary and secondary level students get together to promote music…

Maison Jésus-Marie was the setting for a first "choir-orchestra" concert which featured a whole new elementary/secondary school ensemble, unique in its kind in the region. Indeed, a string orchestra from “École internationale Lucille-Teasdale” joined with the choir from “École Primaire Saint-Laurent”.  Their goal is to encourage the participation of a greater number of students. This is a great initiative for sharing the passion for music and for recognizing its contribution to personal development. A beautiful story to read… and pictures to see.

A new centenarian, Sister Thérèse Lemay shares her recipe for longevity!

On June 21, we celebrated the 100th birthday of Sister Thérèse Lemay, SNJM. The festivities were filled with joy and humor.  Sister Thérèse, the last Sister to be Director of École Montarville in Saint-Bruno, has shared her experiences of the many places where she has been sent to live and work. Continue reading about the celebration and look at the photos.

Music that delights hearts

The gathering, on June 10, at Maison Jésus-Marie, with the students from Ginette Cyr Charest’s music class resulted in some moments of pure magic. The 20 students, accompanied by Éloise Clermont and Alexandre Bourget, presented a dynamic and delightful concert.   See the photos and further details. 

Celebrating Saint-Jean Baptiste Day in an atmosphere of welcome and sharing!

The Saint-Jean Baptiste celebrations provided a wonderful opportunity to meet and share with the second Syrian refugee family to arrive in the Saint-Jean-Longueuil Diocese. The initiative by the local community at the Congregational House was in response to the recent Corporate Stand on Migrants and Refugees, which was adopted by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) in the spring. To learn more about this pleasant first encounter…

Well-merited honour bestowed on Dorothy Guha, SNJM Associate

Dorothy Guha, a long-time Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) recently received a great honour. The diocesan Order of Merit was presented to her by Bishop Lionel Gendron of the Diocese of Saint Jean-Longueuil. This award highlighted the quality of her commitment which “has contributed to the life and vitality of the Church” for over 40 years.   To learn more…