April May June 2010 Issue


I've Loved you for so long...


Spiritual Life

Legacy of Love- André Gadbois 

From the time of John the Baptist who announced a new beginning up to the time of Délia Tétreault and her Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, a chain of loving energy has kept the Fire of the passionate Spirit of Love burning so that Humanity might not perish. For the past ninety years, the magazine Le Précurseur/MIC Mission News has kept our hope alive; while telling their life-giving and faith stories, the missionaries have kept our minds and hearts awake and alert...[READ MORE]

Cultures and Mission

The Amazing Thing About a Magazine- Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c. 

The morning mail sometimes brings us surprises from various countries. It’s fantastic and exciting! A magazine is like a small paper plane which glides over an area and finally lands where unexpected. A magazine travels and crosses multiple borders. It arrives at unsuspected places, it is found in the hands of unknown readers. More than we can imagine, a magazine has the power to bring its message around the world…[READ MORE]


A Team in Action- Carole Guévin 

The MIC Missionary Press has a dynamic team of twenty people. The daily work is assured by the directress who supervises the overall production. Occasionally, free-lance writers are called upon to write articles and revise some texts. Artists are also chosen for their paintings, water-color drawings, sculptures, or other artistic presentations...[READ MORE]


Youth and Their Longing- Edderlina Torres, m.i.c. 

Everywhere the MIC Sisters are sent they organize and animate youth movements. In the Diocese of Pucallpa, Peru, Sr. Ederlina Torres, m.i.c. focuses on World Mission Sunday to gather hundreds of young people for a very specific purpose—that of leading them to discover their longing, their thirst for life...[READ MORE]

In Focus: I've Loved You For So Long

Across Time and History- Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c. 

The unforgettable year when Délia Tétreault inaugurated the French magazine Le Précurseur. Her goal was to inform the public of the Sisters’ works in the missions and to promote interest in mission oriented activities. The MIC Sisters had been in China since 1909 and their heartfelt stories depicted the language of that era...[READ MORE]

About the MICs

The Délia Tétreault Embankment- Huguette Turcotte, m.i.c. 

A new site has been chosen and named in honor of Délia Tétreault, Foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. The inauguration took place on November 30, 2009, in Laval by the riverbank of Rivière-des-Prairies at Place Juge-Desnoyers; the commemorative plaque faces the MIC complex...[READ MORE]

Mahereza! My Sister... Mahezera!- Brigitte Bédard 

In the Madagascan language, mahereza means “courage”. In Tsaramasay, the social center is called “Mahereza” because in this small area of the capital city Antananarivo, Madagascar, the Missionary Sisters have been the “Sisters of courage”. Without their strength of character, how could this center have operated for so many years…[READ MORE]

The Greatest School- Évangéline Plamondon, m.i.c. 

Who is she? Sr. Lucille Métivier, a Missionary of the Immaculate Conception. Her profile? She has a heart on fire, she is discreet and efficient, she has a warm timid smile, she has her arms always loaded with parcels...[READ MORE]



Joy is in the air

I’ve Loved You For So Long… This is the song I want to hum with you today. Also why not dance a Canadian jig? It would be quite the proper thing to do—why? Our publication Le Précurseur/MIC
Mission News is celebrating its 90 years of existence; what a feat for a mission magazine! It’s fantastic and worth highlighting. We therefore invite you to celebrate this anniversary with us.

In 1920, when Délia Tétreault nourished in her apostolic heart the desire to launch a new project—the publication of a mission magazine, she had some goals in mind: awaken the people’s missionary consciousness, support the missions where the young Canadian sisters were working, foster vocations to the missionary life, inform the public of the works entrusted to our care.

Throughout the years, the magazine has always aimed to accomplish those goals. So many priests and sisters have discovered their vocation while reading Le Précurseur/MIC Mission News. Even today, young adults are inspired to commit themselves as lay missionaries—bringing humanitarian aid to the poor. Vocations have become rare but altruism and the gift of self remain.

Over time and throughout its history, Le Précurseur/MIC Mission News has evolved and followed the trends, adapting its language and its artistic design according to the mentality of the time. With the collaboration of many lay people, the magazine saw the dawn of a new horizon. The message conveyed remains focused on the mission of Christ; but it is expressed in a simple style, easily understood by the reader. These 90 years of Le Précurseur/MIC Mission News is a call to renew our enthusiasm and to continue Délia’s dream. But to do so, we need you. In what way do we need you? We invite you—to find one new subscriber… Finding a new subscriber means you participate in our mission and you help another person become part of our great MIC family, where the communion of hearts brings about joy, peace and fraternity.

I thank each one of you for your constant fidelity; our mission magazine of 90 years has reached readers of many generations. We deeply hope that with you, we will be able to continue communicating the Good News of Christ’s love for the world. I’ve Loved You For So Long… I will never forget you!


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. 


  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.


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