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.
Four Brothers will be celebrating their Jubilees this month. Brothers James Lacasse and Brother Ernest Paquet will be celebrating their 75th, Brother Donald Lapointe his 65th and Brother Henry Monday his 25th. Like us on Facebook to see more information and pictures of this very exciting event that will take place Friday, June 23rd.
On May 10th we had our last official Mennaisian Family gathering of this academic year. The theme of this meeting dealt with Our Call to Be Christ’s Living Image. We have had a series of reflective and prayerful gatherings on how we are called to live out the gift of Mennaisian Spirituality given to us by our founders in today’s world.
Brother Marcel Sylvestre after many years ministering at Walsh University will be relocating to La Prairie, Canada. Brother Marcel was a exceptional role model for the students, faculty and staff of Walsh University. He will be greatly missed by all.
Brother Walter Zwierchowski after many years of teaching high school and ministering the last five years at the Notre Dame Spiritual Center in Alfred, Maine will be relocating to Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Brother Walter will be part of the new international community that will include two Americans, Brother Charles Desjarlais from Canada and three Brothers from Uganda.
Brothers Marcel and Walter will be moving into their new home and community this summer. All the Brothers from the province wish them well as they continue the mission of Brothers making Jesus Christ known and loved.
On May 10th, 129 communities of the Congregation will celebrate with a special prayer service for the 2018 General Chapter in memory of the 200 Anniversary of the first meeting between John Marie de la Mennais and Gabriel Deshayes and the launching of the theme of the first year of the Bicentenary “Discerning Together”.