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Remembering sister Jeanne Brulé, born on Dec. 23, 1900

Nelia Palma

It was during the term of the 34th Superior General of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Jeanne Brûlé, named sœur Sainte-Marie-Consolatrice, born December 23, 1900, that the first Congregation of Notre Dame mission in Central America was founded in Honduras in 1962.

On October 13, 1960, the Canadian bishops addressed to all religious communities a joint pastoral letter strongly encouraging apostolic cooperation between Canada and Latin America.

In response to this urgent invitation, The General Council of the Congregation decided to open a mission in Latin America. In her circular of December 23, 1960, the Superior General announced this important decision:

On November 12 last, the 10th anniversary of the Beatification of our Blessed Mother Bourgeoys, the General Council accepted the foundation of a mission in Latin America.

On October 13, 1962, after much preparation and planning, Sister Noémie Desmarais, Sister Denise Blondin, Sister Cecilia McKernin, Sister Cécile Duplain and Sister Fleurette Daigneault arrived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

From here, the Congregation opened other missions in Guatemala (1964), in Chile (1965) and in El Salvador (1988). Through the years, the sisters from "the north" have contributed to the advancement of the mission so well begun by the foundresses. In recent years, Latin American sisters have joined their ranks and today work side by side with the sisters in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. These three areas together make up Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Region, a name which emphasizes the sisters’ tangible attachment to the region. Since 2002, a number of Latin American sisters have been elected to regional leadership positions, and in 2010 a regional leadership team made up entirely of Latin American sisters was elected to lead the mission.

 

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