October November December 2012 Issue




Spiritual Life

A Window Looking Out Onto the Street — André Gadbois

Fifty years ago, Vatican II was celebrating the marriage of Humanity and the Church… Currently, this couple is having a difficult time.


Cultures And Mission

A Pleasant Discovery — Daniele Rasoloarivony, M.I.C.

The following account illustrates well the statement once made by Cardinal Jean- Claude Turcotte who said that Quebec has become a mission land. Sister Danièle, a young Madagascan M.I.C. tells us of her experience with the natives.



Chants et Light — Véronique Martel

Three Wednesdays each month, young adults between the ages of twenty and forty gather at Relais Mont-Royal in Montreal, Quebec, to sing and pray. I had the opportunity, one evening, to participate in their world of silence, of prayers and chants. The following is the account of my encounter with the Taizé Community.



Monik - A Remarkable Woman  Carole Guévin

The Anicinapek of Kitcisakik have never left their ancestral land and the community has no recognized legal status. They are considered to be “squatters”. They continue to live in their traditional territory without benefit of adequate housing, running water or electricity. The Anicinapek speak French and Algonquin. Last June, the author went to the area with Solidarité-Jeunesse MIC.



Two Young Adults and Vatican II — Renaude Grégoire

This year, the 50th Anniversary of Vatican Council II is highlighted by way of colloquiums, conferences, special events which will be held here and around the world; this historical milestone cannot fall by the wayside, it must be revisited and spoken about. The convocation of that Council by the late Pope John XXIII, which was held in the years 1962-1965, assembling more than 2,500 bishops and world-wide specialists, is nowadays considered by some people as an event of the past.

A World for Our Time — Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, M.I.C.

The Quebec Church is at a turning point. The ‘new evangelization’ has become a popular expression. But what does it imply? Is it a simple slogan or a real renewal? How can it transform our ways of proposing Jesus Christ? It is urgent to reflect upon the real meaning of such a subject, here and now. What challenges, what conditions, what futuristic path?

Holding an Ecumenical Dream — Pauline Boilard, M.I.C.

Sr. Boilard has been impressed by her Taizé experience. She incarnates the ecumenical values of Vatican II—working for peace and being open to other religions. Having lived in Jerusalem for one year, she is currently part-time animator in her community’s health care center; she takes part in the ACAT meetings, the Ju deo-Christian dialogue, and works in solidarity with the interfaith Greenpeace movement.


About the MIC'S

An Unfolding Missionary Journey  Patsy Morency, M.I.C.

In the Fall issue of 2010, Sr. Monette Ouellette, M.I.C., wrote an article about Patsy Morency. She presented us this young woman who audaciously pronounced her perpetual vows on June 6, 2010. The presentation described Patsy’s life journey which gradually led her to achieve her missionary dream. After having celebrated her perpetual commitment, Sr. Patsy was mandated to Peru. She is 35 years of age. Her log book tells us of the many challenges she met along the way and the reality of mission work. Her account shows us a part of the world which seems “unreal” and yet…

Walking the Walk of Life  "marché pou lavie"  Gisèle Vachon, M.I.C.

At the MIC Community of Cap-Haitien, Haiti, women come regularly at the Aid Center to ask for some help: work, food, money so as to provide for their family…




A Golden Jubilee

Fifty years! They were young, beautiful, confident in the future…They loved each other and both agreed to unite their lives for better or for
worse. They were happy and the people around shared their joy. It has been fifty years! A pope named John looked out the window
and saw what was going on in the world. He opened the window and breathed in the fresh air. It was time, it was urgent to form an alliance
with the people he saw and the rapid changes he noticed. A Council was convened! The Church will never be the same as in the past. A new wind was blowing and the Bishops came from around the world to listen, to talk, to discuss and they understood that a new world was emerging from everywhere and it had new demands. And so the Church embarked on what was to be an audacious move. It was a great moment in the history of the Church. Fifty years later, we are still exploring its richness written in the sixteen conciliar documents. The second Vatican Council has been an invaluable treasure. Since that time, the Church has evolved. She has lost some of her members, but has found others. Of importance—it is on the move. The conditions of this age lend special urgency to the Church’s task
of bringing all men to full union with Christ, since mankind today is joined together more closely than ever before by social, technical, and
cultural bonds. Today, this issue offers you a brief reflection on some documents from the Council which focus on the sorrows and joys of peoples. By being informed we can embark with others in fighting injustices, proclaiming solidarity, and offering mutual aid to the nations.
The Mission of the Church is always to accompany the nations of the world on the path of Life presented by Jesus Christ who became one
of us in order to tell all peoples of the Love of God the Father for each one of us. Take time to read and enjoy these texts like an elderly couple, who after fifty years of commitment to each other, lovingly look and ponder upon the road they have walked together.


The Team


Editorial Board 


Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, Directress of publication

Originally from Quebec, Sr. Marie-Paule was a missionary in Haiti; she worked with high-school students in the field of catechesis and also in youth ministry.  She is now directress of the MIC Missionary Press and Provincial Superior of the MIC Canadian Province.

André Gadbois, Journalist 

Married and father of two children, André Gadbois, after several years in pastoral work, taught children with serious learning disabilities for 20 years and was school director for ten years. He has been very involved with catechumens of the church in Montreal, and is the editor of their journal, le Sénevé. 


Louisa Nicole, journaliste

  Léonie Therrien, Journalist

Occupation:  She is a member of the editorial team for the missionary magazine Le Précurseur/MIC Mission News.  She is also responsible for a group of MIC Associates (ASMIC).

Experiences:  Educator; youth group animator as well as animating groups of Associates; member of an intercommunity mission animation team.


  Claudette Bouchard, Translation and Journalist

Sr. Claudette is a former missionary in Malawi, C. Africa.  She also worked in the Archdioceses of San Francisco, Ca.; Toronto, Ont.; and Vancouver, B.C. as Archdiocesan coordinator and promoter of mission awareness activities. Within parish contexts, she coordinated religious education programs and accompanied youngsters on their faith journey.


Carole Guévin, Direction's assistant

Assistant Director of the MIC Missionary Press, Carole lived in Nicaragua and Lebanon as a lay missionary.


Véronique Martel, Journalist

Véronique Martel has a BA degree in linguistics and French literature, and she is now completing her MA. She is also interested in cultures and visual arts. The author is a literary chronicler on the Radio Ville-Marie station.


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