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(English Translations by Fr. Leo Grégoire, I.V.D.)


  • Thanks for 1995  (100) — December 27, 1995
    Thanks for the Gift of Life / Thanks for the Gift of Love /
    Thanks for the Gift of Peace / Thanks for the Gift of Faith /
    Thanks for the Gift of Hope
  • Best Wishes of Peace and Joy!  (99) — December 20, 1995
    Glory to God / Peace on Earth / Peace to All Families /
    Peace to Those Who Hurt the Most / Following the Fiftieth
  • As A Garden Is Made  (98) — December 13, 1995
    Magnificat / The Garden of Suffering / Garden of Youth and of Elders /
    In the Deaneries / Homecoming and Reconciliation / A Garden To Look After
  • Necessity and Obligation To Have a Committee
    for Economic Affairs (3)
      (97) — December 6, 1995
    Legal Basis / Committee for Economic Affairs / 50th Anniversary Activities /
    Towards Christmas
  • Necessity and Obligation To Have a
    Parish Pastoral Council (2)
      (96) — November 29, 1995
    Basis of the Legislation / Pastoral Council /
    An Invitation to the 50th Anniversary Closing Ceremonies
  • Revaluing the Sunday Gathering (1)  (95) — November 22, 1995
    A Priceless Heritage / Three Legislations / Legal Basis / Sunday Gathering
  • "The Child First!"  (94) — November 15, 1995
    Christ the King Collection / Confirmation / Memorable Workshops
  • "To Live Justly and in Harmony"  (93) — November 8, 1995
    A Time for Concerted Effort / A Time of Hope / To the Parish of Clair /
    The Hôtel Dieu Sisters
  • How Is The Diocese Financially Organised?  (92) — November 1, 1995
    Legal Recognition / Diocesan Organisation / Provisional Report /
    Transparency and Collegiality / Gratitude
  • Stepping Aside To Allow Oneself To Be Taught  (91) — October 25, 1995
    As the Second Millennium Draws Near / National and Sector Commissions /
    Social Affairs / Ecclesial and Social Situation / 1995-1996 Priorities
  • Unforgettable Events  (90) — October 18, 1995
    Gratitude / Fraternal Welcome / The Marist Fathers / Marie-Jeunesse
  • Beautiful Upper-Madawaska!  (89) — October 11, 1995
    What Is A Diocese? / A Family / Parish Communities /
    A Treasure / Let the Feast Continue!
  • The 50th Isn't Over Yet!  (88) — October 4, 1995
    A Full Month of October / A Month of Remembrance /
    A Not-To-Be-Forgotten Finale! / Let Us Recall the Jubilee Road!
  • Referendum in Québec  (87) — September 27, 1995
    Position of the Canadian Bishops / Position of the Québec Bishops /
    Requirements for an Authentic Democracy / Important Attitudes /
    Mass Media and the Democratic Experience / Preparing the Future
  • The Restigouche Celebrates!  (86) — September 20, 1995
    Richness of the Region / The Forest, A Marvellous Gift /
    The Church Is Like a Forest / It Is Truly A Beloved Church
  • New Legislature  (85) — September 13, 1995
    The Fiftieth Continues! / Marvellous Restigouche! /
    Study Committee / Pope's Letter to Women
  • Our Diocesan Seminary  (84) — September 6, 1995
    A Sign of Hope / A School of Holiness /
    An Energetic Team / Splendid Solidarity
  • A Good School Year!  (83) — August 30, 1995
    A Good Pastoral Year / On Not Turning the Page too Fast! /
    A Good Mission! / A Promising Year
  • Inner Motivation  (82) — August 23, 1995
    Provincial Elections / Diversified Interests /
    Priceless Value of Political Activity / Useful Meetings / Heartfelt Prayer
  • Appointments  (81) — August 16, 1995
    Thanks / A Message of Friendship / Guests
  • A Thousand Thanks!  (80) — August 9, 1995
    Homily for the Messe Brayonne / Youth Rally
  • Without Borders!  (79) — August 2, 1995
    Gratitude / Through Modest and Popular Festivities /
    A Super Youth Rally
  • Christian Communities  (78) — July 26, 1995
    Gospels of Life / Parable of the Chair / Earnest Faith and Prayer
  • The Holy Spirit in Our Lives  (77) — July 19, 1995
    A Rushing Mighty Wind Has Risen / Missionaries with Jesus /
    Let Us Welcome the Spirit
  • A First in Atlantic Canada!  (76) — July 12, 1995
    Glory to St. Anne! / A Marvellous Day / Numerous Exhibits /
    A Seminary in Edmundston!
  • 50th Anniversary Summer Activities  (75) — July 5, 1995
    Thursday, August 3 / Friday, August 4 / Saturday, August 5 /
    Sunday, August 6 / Thanksgiving and Petition / Meaningful Memories /
    50 Years Ago: The Arrival of Our First Bishop
  • Thanks from the Holy Father  (74) — June 28, 1995
    The Saint John River / Remain Focused on the Mission / Episcopal Commission
  • Appointments  (73) — June 15, 1995
    Heartfelt Thanks / Changes in Diocesan Services /
    New Partners / The Diocesan Seminary Team / In the Parishes
  • The Celebration Continues!  (72) — June 14, 1995
    50th Anniversary of Labrador-Shefferville / Permanent Diaconate /
    Father's Day / Happy Birthday, Bishop Dionne! / 1995 Eudist Get-Together
  • "A Violent Wind Filled the House of the Apostles!"  (71) — June 7, 1995
    Revaluing the Sunday Gathering / A Community Concerned about the
    Catechetical and Sacramental Formation of Its Children /
    A Community Concerned with Promoting Happy Homes / Parish Council and Committees /
    A Community Concerned with Discerning and Encouraging Those Whom the Lord
    Calls to Service in the Church / A Parish-Seminary /
    A Community Turned toward the Year 2000
  • Knights of Columbus  (70) — May 31, 1995
    First Reconciliation, First Communion / Varoom! Varoom! /
    To Be with Our Youth / Faith and Light / 50th Anniversary Souvenirs
  • Trinitarian Praise  (69) — May 24, 1995
    Congratulations to the Graduates / Pastoral and Financial Situation /
    New Pastoral Letter / Catechetics in School [French Sector]: An Illumination Survey /
    A Special Welcome to the 50th Anniversary Festivities / Future Pastoral Agents
  • "Jesus Is Calling... Stay on the Line!"  (68) — May 17, 1995
    Prayer and Discernment / "The Wind Blows Where It Will" /
    From St-Odilon to Edmundston / Wonder and Petition
  • Reviving the Gift  (67) — May 10, 1995
    Congratulations to the Elected! / Fireworks! /
    Honour to Our Compatriots / Gospel of Life
  • Boundless Thanks  (66) — May 3, 1995
    1995 Priest Retreat / The MareviE / Spiritual Renewal /
    Unforgettable Anniversary / Happy Mothers' Day!
  • Our School of Faith Is Already Ten Years Old!  (65) — April 26, 1995
    Marked by a Surprising Gratuitousness /
    Teachers and Registered Students: Record Broken! /
    More Than Seven Years! / All United in the Faith: 1891 Registrations /
    Marvellous Devotedness / A Well-Appreciated Harvest
  • May 8, 1965: A Big Day!  (64) — April 19, 1995
    Elections by Acclamation / Concrete Challenges of Municipal Administration /
    The Responsible Administrator / Marked by Co-responsibility /
    Under the Sign of Democracy / Joys and Hopes
  • Happy Easter!  (63) — April 12, 1995
    Let Us Not Be Afraid: Let Us Risk! / Good News for Easter: The Edmundston Seminary /
    "Lord, What Do You Want Me To Do?"
  • A Wonderful Diocesan Gathering at St-Basile  (62) — April 5, 1995
    A Special Devotion / An Impressive List / A Splendid Page

  • A Report Demanding Action  (61) — March 29, 1995
    Pastoral Urgencies / Caution, Vigilance, Creativeness /
    ZERO Deficit / Solidarity and Gratitude
  • Already Half-Way!  (60) — March 22, 1995
    A Few Indispensable Evaluations / A Date To Retain: Monday of Holy Week, April 10
  • Summer Activities for the 50th  (59) — March 15, 1995
    Gathering of Priests and Religious Brothers and Sisters /
    The Edmundston Seminary / Pastoral and Financial Situation
  • Unforgettable Get-Togethers  (58) — March 8, 1995
    See You Next Week! / Don't Sit in the Window! / 1995 Reunions / Where to Meet? /
    With or Without the Eucharist? / Grace of Gathering Together
  • Lent 1995  (57) — March 1, 1995
    Ways of Living Lent Better / Prayer / Fasting and Almsgiving / Illiteracy /
    From Rwanda A Thank You to You! / Pastoral Ministry Staff
  • Unforgettable Moments  (56) — February 22, 1995
    The Historical Event / A Needed Revaluing / A Thank You to Our Pastors /
    Each Minute Is Precious / It isn't Easy To Talk of the Resurrection! /
    The ABC of Revaluing / Tradition Continues
  • Preliminary Report on the State of the Diocese  (55) — February 15, 1995
    Urgent Solutions / Training of Pastoral Agents / Regrouping of Priests /
    Precarious Financial Situation / The Diocesan Centre / New Directions
  • To Engaged Couples on the Occasion
    of St. Valentine's Day
      (54) — February 8, 1995
    To Engaged Couples on the Occasion of St. Valentine's Day
  • Gratitude to the Media  (53) — February 1, 1995
    An Important Pastoral Ministry Session / Juvenile Delinquents / Nearly A Year
  • Gratitude to the Religious Communities  (52) — January 25, 1995
    The Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph / Daughters of Wisdom /
    Filles de Marie de l'Assomption / Sisters of Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur /
    Franciscans / Oblate Fathers / Voluntas Dei Institute /
    Brothers of Christian Instruction / Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate /
    Brothers of the Sacred Heart / Petite Soeurs de Ste-Famille /
    Servantes de Notre-Dame, Reine du Clergé /
    Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception /
    Sisters of the Love of God / Auxiliaires Rurales /
    Servants of the Most Blessed Sacrament / Marist Sisters /
    Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame /
    Sisters of the Child Jesus of Chaufailles / Sisters of Charity of Montréal
  • A Heart Filled with Gratitude  (51) — January 18, 1995
    Gratitude to the Priests of Yesterday / Gratitude to the Religious Order Priests /
    Gratitude to Our Priests Today
  • Important Expectations  (50) — January 11, 1995
    1. That our bishop be a gatherer, a leader, the first pastor of our diocese /
    2. That our bishop be a man of God, a man of faith, of prayer, of the Word /
    3. That our bishop be a listener, a man of dialogue and of easy contact, on who affirms others /
    4. That our bishop be a man of decision
  • A Mission of Solidarity  (49) — January 4, 1995
    First Anniversary / The Bishop's Functions / Prayer for the Bishop /
    Twelve Major Commitments / Review
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