On Saturday, May 21, a celebration presided over by Bishop Claude Hamelin of the Saint-Jean-Longueuil diocese, accompanied by Father Charles Mangongo, will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Beatification of Marie-Rose Durocher. The event will be held at Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Co-Cathedral, in Longueuil, at 4:30 p.m. It will be followed by a gathering of parishioners and Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM).
A “silent pilgrimage” will take place starting at 3:30 p.m. on the SNJM heritage site. Those interested will follow an outdoor route from the Foundation House to the former Longueuil Convent, then on to the SNJM cemetery before heading to the monument and the Marie-Rose Chapel at the Co-Cathedral. Participants, using a guide pamphlet, will be able to reflect upon the values of Marie-Rose Durocher.
The pilgrimage can be made alone, with one other person, or in a group. It lasts approximately 30 minutes. Those interested in experiencing this special moment on May 21 must register by e-mail or by calling 450-651-3744, ext. 1410. Please note that the number of participants is limited and that this pilgrimage will be postponed in case of rain.
The foundress of the SNJM Congregation was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 23, 1982, in Rome. This declaration followed a long process in which a miracle was recognized as having been obtained through the intercession of Marie-Rose Durocher. On the occasion of this anniversary, the SNJM Sisters of Quebec have produced a short video entitled “From Yesterday to Tomorrow”, which illustrates the ongoing living out of the charism of their foundress.
Communications SNJM Québec