"From the beginnings of monasticism to the “new communities” of our own time, every form of consecrated life has been born of the Spirit’s call to follow Jesus as the Gospel teaches (cf. Perfectae Caritatis, 2). For the various founders and foundresses, the Gospel was the absolute rule, whereas every other rule was meant merely to be an expression of the Gospel and a means of living the Gospel to the full. For them, the ideal was Christ; they sought to be interiorly united to him and thus to be able to say with Saint Paul: “For to me to live is Christ” (Phil 1:21). Their vows were intended as a concrete expression of this passionate love." -From Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to All Consecreated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecreated Life.
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The Daughters of Mary of the Assumption
Sisters of Notre-Dame Congregation
Today the community has 10 members. While it is no longer present in schools, the sisters still help second year students with their reading. They are also active in the life of the parish. Here are a few examples of their involvement and commitment in the life of the Church: local pastoral council, parish liturgy, visiting the sick at home, catechesis, parish choir, assistance with the celebrations in residences for seniors, volunterring for meals to the sick in senior residences, Common Front for the Elimination of Poverty, youth ministry, charismatic movement and Peace and Development.
The Sisters of the Congregation are also blessed to be able to rely on the collaboration of nine ladies. These associates are quite committed and faithful, filled with the spirit of Marguerite Bourgeoys.
The kindness of the villagers in St. Louis and of the parish authorities is exceptional, and the Sisters are pleased to be able to offer their services. Mary, the first mother superior of the Congregation, always protects her daughters in Acadia.
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The Cistercian Order began in 1098. Our own community began in 1817; our ancestors experienced the monastic life in Vaise, France, before being transfered to Rogersville, in 1904. Today’s community is small and made up of anglophones and francophones.
Our formation stems from a long monastic tradition. Historical events have not been the main factor in defining who we are. In its long history, monastic life has somewhat of an “eternal” quality: monks and nuns follow one another throughout the centuries in their quest for God. This is a quest that aims to transform one.
Our life style is caracterized by an atmosphere of solitude and silence that nourish prayer, meditation and manual work in a community life context. The Liturgy of the Hours marks the hours of the monastic life that reaches its summit in the daily celebration of the Eucharist.
The production and sale of communion wafers allows the community to be self-sufficient. For many years, we have serviced the churches and communities in the Diocese of Moncton and in the majority of the other dioceses in the Maritime Provinces.
Women of all denominations are welcomed for private retreats at an eight room hostel attached to the monastery. They can also celebrate the liturgical offices and the daily mass with the community that carries the world in its prayers.
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'Daughters of Jesus' - Filles de Jésus
During their 2009 retreat, the sisters were quite surprised to learn of the sale of the vice-provincial house and of their looming move to the Parkland Residence in Riverview.
Called by Jesus to write new pages of the Gospel in their new residence, here is how the sisters are presently attempting to write these new pages by performing simple gestures in the way Jesus would do them:
- they try to be a presence that spreads life with a welcoming word, a smile;
- they accept being interrupted to accompany a sister to the hospital, the doctor or the dentist, or yet to push a wheel chair, to help a sister with diminished faculties eat some food;
- work persistently so that their colleagues may have the necessary furniture in their apartments, many articles having been sent to Haiti;
- to offer their services to Habitat for Humanity;
- to be involved in ministry, catechesis, visits to the sick at the Miramichi Hospital or in homes and;
- to help seniors living with their families or in a residence.
The community located at 26 Williams Street has now become the vice-provincial administration house for the Filles de Jésus in the Atlantic Provinces.
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Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
As early as 1953, the Institute extended its presence beyond the New Brunswick border to Québec, and rapidly became an international movement. Today it is found in more than 20 countries. The Oblates live their consecration as lay persons and make their living environment the specific location of their commitment. According to the Institute’s founder, the Oblate’s sphere of activity is wherever Christ works.