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17 November 2022


The importance of keeping close relations between our religious conference and the Bishops of the country is expressed in an annual meeting of members of the board of directors of our conference and certain bishops. The meeting with the Canadian Bishops normally takes place in the winter and the meeting with the executive of the Quebec Bishops in the fall.

On Monday, November 7, we were pleased to welcome the Bishops of Quebec to the CRC offices. Archbishop Christian Rodembourg, President of the AECQ, Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, Archbishop Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, and Bishop Paul-André Durocher were accompanied by Bishop Pierre Murray, Secretary of the Assembly of Bishops, and Mr. Germain Tremblay. The religious conference was represented by its president, Sr. Francine Landreville, CND, Fr. Pierre Charland, OFM, and Sr. Nicole Beaulieu, MIC, as well as Fr. Alain Ambeault, CSV, director general.

These meetings are first and foremost to share information about our respective organizations and to discuss topics of common interest. At this recent meeting, the issue of congregational leadership and governance received a great deal of attention, as did the Roman Synod and the contribution of religious congregations. A webinar will soon be offered to CRC members on this topic and the necessary information has been sent to the bishops.

The mutually agreed upon agenda had an abundance of topics and time constraints meant that some topics had to be postponed. However, the difficulties related to immigration, the situation of theological training centers as well as that of the healing and treatment centers could be addressed.

This time, it was the Canadian Religious Conference that hosted the meeting held at the CRC offices. At the end of the meeting, all the participants were satisfied with the exchanges and happy with this initiative which is repeated annually.