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A Touch of History

Apparently on May 29, 1700, Sr. Marie Barbier, Soeur de l'Assomption, received what is believed to be the first mastectomy in North America. This procedure was performed by Dr. Michael Sarrazin at Hotel Dieu in Quebec. In Dr. Sarrazin's own words:

"No matter what option I choose, I see my Sister de l’Assomption in danger of an imminent death. If we don’t operate, she will surely die within a few days, since she is getting worse by the day; and to attempt an operation will nearly inevitably lead to her death, since there is hardly any hope that she could sustain it and even less hope that she could recover from it” Vallée, Arthur (1927). Un biologiste canadien: Michel Sarrazin 1659–1735

The operation was a resounding success, and Sr. Marie Barbier lived for 39 years, passing away at the age of 77.

One interesting comment written immediately following the report on Marie Barbier and regarding Dr. Sarrazin is: Sarrazin’s specimens can now be found in the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, in Paris.

My question is: Is Marie Barbier's tissue still preserved?

Connie MacIsaac, CND

Understanding Laudato Si

Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM introduces viewers to the three models or approaches to creation that have arisen over the course of Christian history. These different ways of interpreting sacred scripture and theology will help set the context for how we can approach and understand Pope Francis's teaching in his encyclical letter.

Visit the links below!

Becky McKenna, CND

Allan MacMaster, MLA for Inverness spoke in the Nova Scotia Legislature recently about St. Joseph’s Convent and the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Mabou.

 “St. Joseph’s Convent and Renewal Centre in Mabou will be closing this fall. The convent was home to the sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame and 131 years of charitable service. Their founder, Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, gave her life to the education of young women, the poor and First Nations people. In much the same way, the sisters who served in Mabou operated a school and a retreat centre for spiritual renewal.

While religious orders were mostly cloistered in the 1600s, Saint Marguerite was driven to serve amongst the people of her community, and her community had no boundaries. People on the western side of Cape Breton, and across our province have felt the impact of St. Joseph’s Convent in their lives. The outreach of the sisters has caused people to think more deeply about life and our purpose. In a world where we become busy and face the distractions of worldly needs like money or personal satisfaction, the renewal centre helped people to find a home within themselves, focused on a deeper love for those around them.

Let us not forget the charity of sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Mabou, and may the flame of goodness they inspired in others forever burn brightly.”

Coline Chisholm, CND


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