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Celebration of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

Carl & Peg Madigan, associates

January 15th, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel was alive with CND sisters, associates, friends, and supporters as we celebrated St. Marguerite Bougeoys’ feast day.

Archbishop Christian Lepine presided over our celebration of the mass and spoke of Marguerite’s history and her impact on the beginnings of Ville Marie. He emphasized, over and over again, that the source of her strength was her life of prayer, especially prayer to Mary and to Eucharist. Her life is a model for, not only the CND community, but for all believers. A life dedicated to following Jesus in the accompaniment of Mary.

Sr. Agnes Campbell, our congregational leader, led the opening procession carrying a beautiful model of a sailing ship under full sail, symbolizing Marguerite’s voyages between France and Ville Marie. The readers were Sr. Sophie Christine Mbougoum, a member of the leadership team, and Roger Lauren, a long time friend of the CND’s and of Bon-Secours Chapel. Muriel Kilgour, a CND associate, offered the intentions, and associates Carl and Peg Madigan with Adriana Tamburro participated in the offertory procession.

Our hearts were filled with thanksgiving for the CND community as we raised our voices in song with our international community both near and far, led by Veronica Tamburro. The recessional song was, O Marguerite, a beautiful tribute to St. Marguerite.

With the celebration over we all slowly left the chapel with hearts afire, savouring the beautiful moments of this special feast day.


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