On August 9th Brother Ted Letendre celebrated his 20th year as an Ordained Brother to be of service to the Brothers on the Notre Dame campus in Alfred, Maine. This summer Brother Ted will be celebrating 60 years as a Brother of Christian Instruction, we wish him many more years of service to our community.
After spending many years at Walsh University and a few months this past summer in La Prairie, Canada Brother Marcel Sylvestre has retired to Alfred, Maine at the age of 89. We wish him well as he becomes a vital part of the Notre Dame Community on Shaker Hill.
Check out our Facebook page Brothers of Christian Instruction, USA or click on the Facebook icon on the homepage of this website. You may also want to take a look at the Congregational Facebook page LaMennais.org for the exciting events and activities that are going on around the world.
The Brothers would like to thank all the people that helped out at the Shaker Hill Apple Festival that was held on the weekend of September 23rd. The Shaker Hill Apple Festival was a great success and was enjoyed by the many people who attended this event. The success was due to the great dedication of the Mennaisian Family Members, volunteers and the many donations that were given for the garage sale that will help the Brothers mission in the Sudan.
Please pray the repose of the soul of Brother Donald Lapointe. Brother Donald was 83 years old. Brother Donald spent most of his religious life in Alfred, Maine. He ministered at Denis Hall in Alfred and spent a brief period of time at MAI in Plattsburgh, New York. He will be fondly remembered for his great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Marian Room which inspired many people who visited it. Brother Donald had a gentle and kind heart that will be remembered by all who knew him. The funeral for Brother Donald will be held on Saturday, October 7th at 10:30 am in the Brothers Chapel in Alfred, Maine.
The new international community is up and running at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Currently there are five Brothers from various countries that make up this new community. Brothers Walter Zwierchowski and Ernest Paquet from the USA, Brother Charles Desajarlais from Canada and Brothers Hilary Byabasheija and Chrysostom Ahimbisibwe from Uganda. The Brothers have been very active in the numerous events and activities that were held on campus since August. There is a probability that two more Brothers will join this new community in December.
The weekend of August 19th some Brothers and Mennaisian Family Members from the United States attended the province celebrations that were held in La Prairie, Canada. They had a delicious dinner, inspiring presentations, visited the archives and had the opportunity to meet other Brothers and Mennaisian Family Members from Canada. A great time was had by all who attended the event!
The landscaping of the Brothers Cemetery in Alfred, Maine has started with the removal of all the trees that surrounded the site. All the trees were removed due to their advanced age, possible disease and posed a threat to the public due to the danger of falling branches. It will now be a lot easier to upkeep the Brothers Cemetery. Check out the pictures on the Brothers Facebook page.
Congratulations to Brother Daniel Caron who was elected to be the USA delegate to the Brothers General Chapter, Brother Jerome Lessard is the alternate delegate. The 27th General Chapter 2018 will be held in Rome, Italy during the month of March.
Check out Brother Yannick Houssay video message on our Facebook Page. Brother Yannick Houssay our Superior General video message is about the starting of the Bicentennial activities on the founding of the Brothers of Christian Instruction. Please check back often to see the exciting events and activities that are planned for the Bicentennial Year that will take place here in the USA, Canada and throughout the Congregation in near future.