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Scarboro Missions 2015 Calendar

The Scarboro Missions 2015 Calendar presents us with further images of the sanctity of all creation. The Integrity of Creation has color photos, with reflective quotes from Pope Francis (6 pages!), Thomas Berry, Rachel Carson and others. One page is a photo from the recent Peoples’ Climate March in New York. Subscribers to Scarboro Missions Magazine ($12 a year) get the calendar included, or anyone can order calendars ($1.00 per copy) from Scarboro Missions. See www.scarboromissions.ca to order online or write to: Scarboro Missions, 2658 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1M 1M4

Retreat in Mabou

A retreat with Father Philip Chircop, SJ, has been arranged for August 24-29, 2015. However, before we can confirm this we need to know how many are committed to attending. His heavy schedule doesn’t permit him to come at an earlier time in the summer. Would you please indicate your intention and commitment to attending by contacting St. Joseph Renewal Centre, Mabou, a.s.a.p .

Fr. Philip Chircop, S.J. is a Jesuit priest born on the Mediterranean Island of Malta. He has worked in high school, university and parish settings in various capacities. But more recently he has been heavily involved in retreat work. He is a seeker always looking for fresh ways to proclaim the Good News hopefully helping people to embrace real and radical changes that lead to transformation in Christ Jesus.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Email: st.josrctr@ns.sympatico.ca

Marguerite Bourgeoys, Intrepid Missionary

In 1653, the time had come to leave Troyes. Marguerite Bourgeoys undertook her first long voyage across the Atlantic on a sailing vessel under the navigation conditions of that time. Her journey began in Troyes in early January; in March, she left Paris for Nantes; on June 15 or 16, she embarked from Nantes to New France; she finally arrived in Quebec on September 22 of that year. The trans-Atlantic voyage alone took two entire months, not counting the time spent navigating along rivers – one week on the Loire and “a good week” on the Saint Lawrence.

It is worth mentioning how much time Marguerite Bourgeoys spent sailing back and forth from one continent to the other. In addition to her crossing to Canada in 1653, she travelled three other times to France. In all, she crossed the Atlantic seven times. She described the shortest voyage by saying that “(it) only took us 31 days.” This intrepid traveler spent one entire year of her life at sea and close to four months navigating rivers.

The 1653 Crossing

Shortly after the Saint-Nicolas set sail, the ship began to take on water. Returning to port, it was found that the damages were irreparable. Another ship was boarded, one which, most likely, had been contaminated by infectious diseases during previous voyages. (At that time, disinfecting was, of course, unheard of.) An epidemic broke out on board. Marguerite acted as nurse to all who were sick. Eight died at sea. Dom Jamet, her biographer, wrote, “Her vigils were incessant, her kindness unwearied. Marguerite’s voice was the last sound they heard as she recited the prayers for the dying.”

Marguerite Bourgeoys tending to the sick aboard the Saint-Nicolas

The original frame can be found at Regina Assumpta School in Montreal

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