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1 April 2020

Departure of Sister Colette Dubé, SSA

At the motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Anne, Lachine, on March 25, 2020, Sister Colette Dubé, SSA, died at the age of 92, after a short illness.

A native of Montreal, she entered the congregation in 1949 and pronounced her vows in 1951.

During several years, Sister Colette was a teacher, while, at the same time, continuing her studies. In 1964, she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Arts and Religious Studies.

In 1968, Sister Colette began work with the Canadian Religious Conference in Ottawa. As Assistant General Secretary, she was put in charge of the department of ongoing formation. In all, she spent five years of intense activity, promoting the Aggiornomento called for by the Second Vatican Council, especially in regard to formation. Creative and dynamic, she facilitated sessions in religious institutes all across Canada.

Sister Colette was then elected General Superior of the Sisters of Saint Anne by the general chapter of 1974. She took on this responsibility with zeal and competence during the next 12 years. Elected Vice-President of the CRC, she was also a councilor of the UISG in Rome for a few years.

Following these years, Sister Colette continued to give sessions and retreats and to serve as chapter facilitator for other congregations.

Sister Colette Dubé spent her whole life seeking out and responding to “voids to be filled”, as she followed in the footsteps of Marie Anne Blondin, foundress of the congregation.

Due to the circumstances brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, a celebration of the Word, attended exclusively by the sisters, was held on March 30, followed by burial the same day in the Lachine cemetery in the section reserved for the Sisters of Saint Anne.