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


  • Thanksgiving for 1996  (154) — December 31, 1996
    Painful Illnesses and Deaths / New Priest and Seminarians /
    Sharing and Solidarity / Sunday Gathering / P.P.C. and P.E.A.C. /
    Solidarity / Towards the Jubilee of the Year 2000
  • Peace, Joy, and Health at Christmastime!  (153) — December 24, 1996
    Where Is Jesus? / The Word of God / Associated with Every Human Being /
    With Eyes of Faith / Opening Our Hearts / Christmas 1996
  • "Keep Alive the Memory of Jesus"  (152) — December 18, 1996
    At the Heart of Our History / "What Is His Name" /
    Jesus / The Christ / Jesus Christ
  • In Solidarity with Our American
    Brothers and Sisters
      (151) — December 11, 1996
    World Hunger / Synod for America / Social Justice Ministry Programme /
    Human Rights / Towards a Year of Charity / Effects of the Seminar
  • Life Is Sprouting Up Everywhere  (150) — December 4, 1996
    Congratulations, Archbishop Léger! / Social Justice Ministry Seminar /
    A Difficult Context / Challenging Figures / Hopes and Concerns
  • A Sign of Hope for Our World (6)  (149) — November 27, 1996
    The Paths of Hope / The Prophetic Voice of the Gospel /
    Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy Prize / Diocesan Centre / Open House
  • A Sign of Hope for Our World (5)  (148) — November 20, 1996
    Integrated Social Programmes / Solidarity with Our Fellow Canadians /
    A Greatly Needed Collection / 25th Anniversary of the Diocesan Centre
  • A Sign of Hope for Our World (4)  (147) — November 13, 1996
    Integrated Social Programmes / A New Ethic / Following the Paths of Solidarity /
    Solidarity with the Peoples of the South / Trip to Bogotà, Columbia
  • A Sign of Hope for Our World (3)  (146) — November 6, 1996
    Poor Children / To Further the Liberating Work of God /
    Disciples of Jesus / To Stand Tall / Following Up
  • A Sign of Hope for Our World (2)  (145) — October 30, 1996
    Women / Aboriginal People / Uprooted Persons / Families
  • A Sign of Hope for Our World (1)  (144) — October 23, 1996
    Au Urgent Task / Serious Motives / How To Recognise the Poor Today /
    Poverty in Canada / An Important Year
  • Daily Joys and Challenges  (143) — October 16, 1996
    Thank You to John Paul II / Welcome to Our New Collaborators /
    Welcome and Mission / Maintenance and Construction /
    Group of One Thousand / Open Doors
  • Basic Christian Communities  (142) — October 9, 1996
    A Helpful Session / The Time Has Come / What Are the B.C.C.s? /
    What Do B.C.C.s Do? / Acts 2:42
  • Glory and Honour to Collège St-Louis!  (141) — October 2, 1996
    A College that Had Been Anticipated / Hopes To Be Fulfilled /
    A High Ideal / Deserving Pioneers
  • Synod of Bishops on America  (140) — September 25, 1996
    Prior Consultation / The Questions / Encounter with the Living Christ /
    Conversion in the Church and in Society / Communion in the Church /
    Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue / The Church Faced with the Problem of Sects /
    Evangelisation and Culture / The Church and Means of Social Communication /
    The Church and Social Solidarity / The Church and Social Problems /
    The Church and the Promotion of Human Life / Other Common Themes
  • Why Have You Told Me to Love?  (139) — September 18, 1996
    Solidarity Caravan / "What Does This Remind You Of?" /
    A Link / Ongoing Solidarity
  • "Anxious but Not Hopeless"  (138) — September 11, 1996
    A Keen Awareness of One's Mission / Pastoral Mission /
    There's Work Ahead! / Participation of Diocesan Offices
  • Strengthen the Work of Our Hands  (137) — September 4, 1996
    Bread of Misery or of Life / Source of Joy and Pain / Difficult Situations /
    The Key to the Social Question / Partners with God
  • To My Brothers and Sisters of Southern Victoria Deanery:
    Peace and Joy in the Lord!
      (136) — August 31, 1996
    Changes in the Southern Victoria Deanery / New Responsibilities /
    1997 Pastoral Visitation / 1997 Eucharistic Congress
  • Whoever Sows Broadly Harvests Abundantly  (135) — August 28, 1996
    New 1996-1997 Pastoral Year / A New School Year /
    Religious Community Meetings / Appointment
  • The August Fifteenth Calls  (134) — August 21, 1996
    A Sacred History / Irresistible Calls / New Calls
  • Nothing Will Ever Separate Us from Love!  (133) — August 14, 1996
    Are We, the Poor, Loved? / Are We, the Sick, Loved? / Are We, the Bereaved, Loved? /
    A Conviction and Firm Faith / Have Nice Celebrations, Acadia!
  • Beneficial Spiritual Moments  (132) — August 7, 1996
    Novenas and Feast Days / An Unforgettable Forty Hours /
    The Presence of Youth / Presence to Victims of Disasters /
    Family Presence / An Evaluation to Pursue
  • God's Marvellous Deeds in Our World  (131) — July 31, 1996
    "We Are A Priestly People" / A Thanks-Giving People /
    A People Called to Holiness / "We Are A Prophetic People"
  • The Marvellous Work of the Holy Spirit  (130) — July 24, 1996
    "Keep Alive the Memory of the Lord" / The Memory of the Church /
    "We Are the People of God" / A People That Benefits from God's Mercy /
    A People That Recognises the Mercy of God
  • The 125th Anniversary of Ste-Anne-de-Madawaska  (129) — July 17, 1996
    For More Than Three Years Now... / The Church at Ste-Anne /
    Who Was St. Ann? / A Diocesan Shrine
  • Could It Be Like A Golf Tournament?  (128) — July 10, 1996
    Step One: To Go / Step Two: To Seek Out / Step Three: Team Work /
    Step Four: Growth / The Bible and Golf / Next Tournament
  • A Gorgeous Summer Season!  (127) — July 3, 1996
    Appreciation / Priestly Ordination / National Holidays /
    1996 Graduates / Happy Wedding! / Appointments
  • Together to the Year 2000  (126) — June 26, 1996
    Brief Evaluation / We Have Remembered / Three Suggestions /
    Sharing the Word of God / Family Prayer / The Sunday Gathering
  • 1996 Appointments  (125) — June 13, 1996
    Heartfelt Thanks / Signs of Hope / Diocesan Responsibilities /
    Parish Responsibilities / Priests' Senate
  • An Unforgettable Congress  (124) — June 12, 1996
    Special Homecomings / An Essential Memory /
    "Don't Be Afraid! Open Up!" / A Personal and Community Experience
  • "Do This in Memory of Me"  (123) — June 5, 1996
    Eucharistic Congresses / The Restigouche Deanery Awaits You /
    Renewal and Celebrations / Corpus Christi Sunday / Thanks and Outlook
  • Necessity To Prepare the Changes  (122) — May 29, 1996
    Attachments Shown / The Departure of Jesus / A Huge Worksite /
    A Garden To Cultivate / Building Up the Body of Christ
  • A Message for the Separated and Divorced  (121) — May 22, 1996
    We Are Not Here to Judge You / You Are Always Members of the Church /
    Services Offered to You / Family Pastoral Ministry / Social Ministry /
    Pastoral Ministry / Maintaining the Ideal of Indissolubility
  • St. Martin of Restigouche: Energetic People  (120) — May 15, 1996
    Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph / Farms, Businesses, and Homes /
    Sacramental Initiation / Cellule-Jeunesse / A Major Symbol
  • Priests in a Changing Church and Society  (119) — May 8, 1996
    In the Midst of Change / Only for That... /
    Closely Associated to the Episcopal Ministry / Bonds of Reciprocity
  • The Bishop's Faithful Collaborators  (118) — May 1, 1996
    What Is Most Important? / A Spirit "That Makes Us Strong, Loving and Wise" /
    The Blessed Day of Our Ordination / A Deep Spiritual Life
  • Generous Commitments  (117) — April 24, 1996
    World Vocation Sunday / Priests' Annual Retreat / Priestly Ordination /
    First Eucharistic Congress
  • St-Jean-Baptiste: A Hope-Filled People!  (116) — April 17, 1996
    Gratitude to the Filles de Marie-de-l'Assomption / Women of Hope /
    Links of Friendship and Hope / At the Service of the Word and the Community /
    A Hidden Treasure
  • Marvel, Gratitude, and Solidarity  (115) — April 10, 1996
    Edmundston-Mexico Mission / "Stabat Mater" / Chrism Mass /
    Routes of the World, Path of Christ / Msgr. George Travers
  • At Easter, May We Be Recognised As A People of Praise!  (114) — April 3, 1996
    A People of Praise / A People of Blessing / A Mission of Love
  • May Yours Be A Memorable Holy Week!  (113) — March 27, 1996
    Chrism Mass / Way of Solidarity / A Time of Grace /
    Concerns and Hopes / Group of 1000
  • Wonders Are Still Done at Kedgwick!  (112) — March 20, 1996
    By Your Riches Maintain Their Courage / World of Youth /
    The World of Workers / The World of the Elderly and the Sick /
    A Community Capable of Looking After Itself / Essential Collaborators
  • St. Quentin, A Very Lively Parish!  (111) — March 13, 1996
    Unforgettable Days / Friday, February 23 / Saturday, February 24 /
    Sunday, February 25 / An Unfinished Visit / Appreciation and Blessing
  • A Profound Gratitude to Women  (110) — March 6, 1996
    Landmark Precedents / Woman Taken Up with Justice Issues /
    In Difficult Times / New Challenges
  • Called by Name  (109) — February 27, 1996
    What Would You Have Me Do? / If You Hear... / Open Doors at the Seminary /
    Admission Criteria for the Seminary / Family-Seminary, Parish-Seminary
  • Now Is the Acceptable Time!  (108) — February 21, 1996
    Lent In the Restigouche / Pastoral Visitation / Basic Attitudes /
    A Stimulating Programme / Share Lent
  • Letter to Couples  (107) — February 14, 1996
    Love Is of God / Dignity of Marriage / The Wedding Guest /
    An Important Mission / A Mission of Love
  • The Edmundston Diocese's Financial Situation  (106) — February 7, 1996
    A Great Follow-Up / A Difficult Budget Balance / The Diocesan Centre /
    In Search of New Revenue / The Group of One Thousand
  • Thank You to Directors of the Communications Media  (105) — January 31, 1996
    A Third Meeting / "Giving Direction to Culture" / Beneficial Alliance /
    The Challenge of Communicating / A Special Thank You
  • Can A Bishop Be Involved in Social Affairs? (2)  (104) — January 24, 1996
    The Canadian Bishops / In Solidarity / A Full Programme /
    Priority Questions / Pastoral Attitudes
  • Can A Bishop Be Involved in Social Affairs? (1)  (103) — January 17, 1996
    The Church in the Midst of the World / Would You...? /
    An Important Directory / An Authentic Inspiration
  • Congratulations to Our Young People!  (102) — January 10, 1996
    Terrific Solidarity / Missionary Solidarity / Young People on Radio /
    Confirmees Who Edify Me / Amazing Letters / A Young Person's Prayer
  • Already Two Years among You!  (101) — January 3, 1996
    Proclaiming the Word of God / Celebrating the Sacraments /
    Governing the People of God / Other Tasks Await Us
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