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“Quelques chants extraordinaires” Music from the convents of New France

This year’s 375th  anniversary of the founding of Montréal presents an unique opportunity to ponder the past and our connection to it. As a women’s vocal ensemble that specializes in historical repertoires, this year Ensemble Scholastica felt compelled to explore a repertoire that is largely forgotten: the music women living in religious communities that were so integral to New French society.

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Movie Recommendation

Maudie is the critically acclaimed and superbly acted autobiographical story of Nova Scotian Maud Lewis who is now regarded as one of the best folk artists ever in Canada. In spite of challenging family circumstances, severe arthritis and a complex relationship with Everett her husband she found happiness in painting the beauty she experienced in her surroundings while living most of her life in a very small house with Everett. 

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Inaugural Telephone Community Gathering

On Wednesday May 17th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., an Associate gathering was held via the telephone. This has long been a practice in the U.S. and I thought it could work well for us in eastern Canada, where some associates are geographically isolated and /or house bound. The program for the evening is mailed by post or electronically so that everyone has time to read and ponder the passages and questions. We opened our gathering with the Visitation Chapter Prayer. Our two readings included Day One from Hostages with God: Journal of Sister Gilberte Bussière, CND and Luke 1:39-56. Following some lively discussion, the associates made their Commitment Renewal and we ended with a Franciscan Blessing. Our second gathering is scheduled for June 21st, 2017 when we will discuss Pope Francis’ TED Talk: Why the only future worth building includes everyone. We will break for July and August and beginning in September we will work through Hostages with God: Journal of Sister Gilberte Bussière, CND. It is my hope that we can have other groups here in the east and then.

Remember us in your prayers, 

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