October-November-December Issue



(VOL. 42, No. 4 /October*November*December 2015)


Spiritual Life

Life Can Be The Victor  — André Gadbois

Most of our world is composed of middle and lower class families who often struggle to make ends meet and are never sure of tomorrow. Can we imagine that their plight could change so that LIFE would be the winner for all?

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Cultures and Mission

Today Is Tomorrow's Future - Suzette jean, m.i.c.

As she tells us about her past mission experiences, Sister Suzette Jean demonstrates how daily life, no matter its color, is bearer of a seed that will grow in time.



One Minute to Midnight For Our Planet — Émilien Roscanu

The Blue Planet, our planet, is in peril. Indeed, global warming is an ever increasing menace to our ecosystems, and has significant consequences for humans. Every day, industrial and human activities produce greenhouse gases which cause an increase in Earth’s temperatures; the impact dramatically affects our planet. By our choices, our life-style, and the ways we consume goods and energy, we contaminate and harm all forms of life including our own human species. That we are destroying this beautiful Mother Earth is
an act of disrespect towards our Creator.


Roots of The Past

The Marriage of an Orphan - Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, M.I.C.

In September 1923, MIC Mission News/The Precursor of that era1 invited us to a wedding. Ninety years later, it is difficult to imagine the context. However, those little stories of the past, with traditions so different to our times, show us the many changes that have taken place.



Seeds of Today, Flowers of Tomorrow, Micheline Marcoux M.I.C.

To speak about consecrated life is to speak about a love story. Gratuitously, the overwhelming loving gaze of God permeates the heart and soul of the chosen one, without any merit on the part of that person. Ever since Jesus initially called his disciples to follow him, he has continued calling others to leave all behind, to be with him and to continue his mission. The Holy Spirit is always active and continues calling individuals to a consecrated life, wholly dedicated to the service of God’s Kingdom; it is a renewed gift given to
humanity. In monastic life as well as in the apostolic or secular life the responses are diverse in modalities. The religious missionary
life lived as the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception is one expression.


A Bush School in Tananarive, Madagascar

— Violette Veroniaina Berisoa, m.i.c.
— Nadya Rakotonirina, m.i.c.
— Edwige Raolinirina, m.i.c.

Pope Francis invites all Christians to go work in remote areas. The Sisters of Madagascar heard the call. Experienced in the field of education, three young MIC Sisters took the road towards the less fortunate to start a school in a region that is yet to be developed.



Vitality in a Tiny Bud - Amelia Mejides, M.I.C.

The little bud containing life characterizes the mission of our MIC Sisters in Cuba. Seven very active Sisters reach out to the youth, the families and also work in parishes. They sow words of encouragement, and proclaim Jesus Christ. Notwithstanding the few positive steps, the social context generates frustration and provokes emigration especially among the youth.


Pass It On, Nicole Joly, M.I.C.

In a world where time swiftly goes by and where money imposes its culture, there are “angels” who appear on the scene. Without imposing themselves and without calculating their time, they lend a helping hand. No need to look very far to find those “angels”… they are close to you. They are the volunteers, discreet and dedicated, always ready to offer their generous support.



A Promising Future

The Quebec poet, Félix Leclerc would say: “Death is full of life!” The autumn trees confirm that statement. Their bright coloured leaves
soon give way to the winter snow. However, their bareness hide the substance, the germ of life, which will bud and bloom again in a new season. It promises life, and life there is!

It is the same for our lives. There are revitalizing moments, comforting words that brighten up our gloomy days. One day, my brother said to me: “Life offers such good moments that it is worth bringing a child into the world... and if God promises a future full of hope and brightness in the hereafter, it is one more reason to give life to a child”. An infant is a promise for the future; it is full of hope beyond all worries and doubts, surpassing all risks, all challenges. To live the present moment with enthusiasm is a source of joy and of a promising future; today prepares tomorrow.

Pope Francis dedicated this year to consecrated life. What challenges this life encounters today! God always keeps calling and young people from all nationalities have the courage to heed the call and leave all behind to follow Him. Last May, the general assembly of
our MIC Institute was held; our Sister Delia Regidor, originally from the Philippines, was elected Superior General. A hopeful look into
the future allowed us to write a new page of our history in the following terms: With Mary of the Magnificat, we, as consecrated women will intensify the communion between us and the MIC provinces, thus committing ourselves passionately on new mission paths, bringing the hope and joy of the Gospel.

In Cuba, despite the economic and political difficulties, the MIC Sisters believe in the Cuban people’s vital forces thirsting for God. In
Madagascar, the young MIC Sisters are dynamically involved in a new educational project; children from a remote area will be able to attend school, receive an education for a better life tomorrow. A number of volunteers devote themselves to the Church’s mission, others collaborate in promoting the MIC Mission News magazine. Mission is within our reach and each action is a promise into the future. The articles in this Fall issue tell us to walk courageously; today well lived maps the path of hope for a better tomorrow.

The Team

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.

Carole Guévin, Direction's assistant

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

Translator : French to English - MIC Mission News

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

André Gadbois, Editorial Board

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, M.I.C., Editorial Board

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.

Emilien Roscanu, Editorial Board                                                                            

Emilien Roscanu History and politics are his passion as well as the arts scene and dramatic art.  Dedicated to his community, he is a young man who also loves debating ideas.

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