July - August - September 2010 Issue


Yes, I Have Dreamt


Spiritual Life

Yes, I Have Dreamt- André Gadbois

“To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go… This is my quest…” The Impossible Dream written by Joe Darion tells us that no matter how difficult it can be, dreams, like yeast, can raise humanity...[READ MORE]

Cultures and Misson

The Carpenter's Doorkeeper- Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c. 

The humble doorkeeper, Alfred Bessette, better known as Brother André, never thought that his small oratory dedicated to Saint Joseph and built in 1927 would attract millions of pilgrims from around the world...[READ MORE]


A Reality That Hurts- Cécile Ménard, m.i.c. 

MIC Mission News, October-December 2006: Sister Mona Henry, M.I.C. wrote an article— From the Virtual to the Real. The author described a dream that became a project and reality— building a primary and secondary school which opened its doors to 800 students. The Institute Mother Délia (IMD) at Port-au-Prince, Haiti,… is it still standing?[READ MORE]

Young Hearts Respond- Louisa Nicole, m.i.c. 

The horrible earthquake that shook Haiti moved many to tears. Artists, from various countries, organized fundraising concerts, governments took action, companies and individuals from all walks of life dug into their pockets or bank accounts to help this devastated country. Hearing the cry of distress, peoples reached out and tried to bring some relief...[READ MORE]

Unexpected Reunion- Lynn and Yves Morin 

Relatives of ours have had the experience of adopting a child and it turned out to be a beautiful love story. For us, the process lasted five years until little Pierre-Joel was proposed to us. He was five years old when we brought him home. We realized then, that at the time we began dreaming of adoption, this little one was already in the womb of his Haitian mother...[READ MORE]

About the MICs

A Spiritual Odyssey- Marie-Claire Bombardier and Francine Paquette 

The AsMIC are celebrating their 30th Anniversary. Thirty years… it’s the age an adult should have achieved maturity and acquired a discerning mind. It also means being autonomous and taking charge of a future that is in constant evolution. AsMIC—do we know what these five letters, apparently meaningless actually stand for?[READ MORE]

Sister Marie, A Multi-Talented Woman- Huguette Turcotte, m.i.c. 

She is now retired at the MICs convent in Pont-Viau. Sister Marie Fugère is 96 years of age; she is self-taught and has had many trades: educator, house painter, architect, gardener, carpenter, artist, cook, plumber, business woman… She relates a few memories of her missionary life...[READ MORE]

Youth; Solidarity MIC- Suzette Jean, m.i.c. 

More than ever, today’s young adults search for opportunities to experience the mission field abroad; to see the world differently from the perspective of the poor. So many have committed themselves for a period of time—they looked after the abandoned children, worked with people in poor villages. Their experience transformed them and they will never forget...[READ MORE]



Audacious Dreams

Délia Tétreault dreamed of a field of ripe wheat that extended as far as the eye could see. Suddenly all the spikelets of wheat changed into the heads of children. From this prophetic and from the real dream Délia’s heart was opened to the world. From its beginning, the Institute has kept this dream alive, giving hands and feet to Christ’s Mission in many countries of the world. The fulfillment of a dream requires audacity, dynamism, perseverance, and above all belief in the project. Délia had to overcome many difficulties and rise to the challenges. She believed in her mission, she was convinced it was inspired.

How many times I have admired those young audacious researchers on the Discovery Program. They take up the serious challenges and persevere in the work that fascinates them. They discover, imagine, create and analyze new possibilities concerning science, health, environment, technology… always with the goal of serving humanity. To our incredulous eyes, they seem to push their knowledge beyond the limits of science fiction to make possible the impossible. The world needs these great dreamers. These dreamers are audacious from their early childhood years. They see beyond the ordinary and their hearts pulsate in response to everything that is around them. Examples? Brother André! His sensitive feelings for human suffering inspired him to entrust the sick, who came to visit him, to Saint Joseph and thus an oratory was built in his honor. Today, this pilgrimage site attracts thousands of pilgrims. When the earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, young people around the world thought of ways to help the youth in Haiti. Many schools organized walk-a-thons. As a fund-raiser activity, a seven year old took the initiative of skating round a rink for as long as she could in order to help the Haitian children. These youngsters are the hope of the future.

Yes, I have dreamt… But, not only must I dream, I must make my dreams real, bring them to their fulfillment. Our childhood dreams, as well as our adult dreams can be realized. Yes, I have dreamt… with eyes wide open and heart in hand! This is how we draw on our dynamism, with others who are building a new humanity. 


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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