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


  • Thanksgiving for 1997  (206) — December 31, 1997
    Thank You for the Gift of Life / Thank You for This Country /
    Thank You for This Life in Society / Thank You for Our Beloved Church /
    Fervent Prayer / Look Upon Your Family
  • Wonderful Advents  (205) — December 24, 1997
    Turned to the Future / The Divine Child Is Born /
    You Are There at the Heart of Our Lives /
    He Has Come, He Is Coming, He Will Come Again
  • The Diocese of Edmundston on the Internet  (204) — December 17, 1997
    Opening New Paths to Jesus / http://www.francophone.net/diocese /
    An Internet Crossroads / An Innovative Way of Celebrating / A Lavish Menu /
    A New Areopagus
  • Zero Poverty  (203) — December 10, 1997
    The Plain People's Parliament / The Parliament of the Street /
    Defeating Poverty / Encouraging the Militant /
    Formation to Solidarity / A Constant Hope
  • Encounter with the Living One  (202) — December 3, 1997
    Future of Parishes / Essential Ministries / Formation to Solidarity /
    Dialogue between Cultures / Day of Prayer / Patronal Feast and Internet
  • Synod for the Americas  (201) — November 26, 1997
    Main Objectives / An Event of Concern to Us / Prophetic Messages /
    Globalization of the Economy / Post-Immigration Catholicism /
    1997 Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy Prize
  • We Have Received So Much from the Church  (200) — November 19, 1997
    Diocesan Collection for the Feast of Christ the King / Group of One Thousand /
    Beneficial Services / Justice, Generosity, or Privilege / A Tradition of Cooperation
  • Do You Know the Marie-Jeunesse Group?  (199) — November 12, 1997
    Providential Coincidence / Looking for a House / Ecclesial Situation /
    Spirituality and Formation / Prayer, Study, Work / Attracted by the Priesthood / Hope
  • Our Seminary: A Source of Hope  (198) — November 5, 1997
    A Glance Back / New Times, New Team / Positive Seminarians /
    Priests for the 21st Century
  • Towards the Third Millennium  (197) — October 29, 1997
    Compassion / Elections / Towards Christian Unity / Synod for the Americas /
    Development and Peace / Many Subjects / Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy Prize
  • "Faithful to His Promises"  (196) — October 22, 1997
    Baptismal Promises / Boy Scout Promise / Community Promise /
    Priestly Commitments / Episcopal Commitments / A Dauntless Faithfulness
  • "Welcoming One Another"  (195) — October 15, 1997
    A Heartbreaking Change / A Sad Conclusion / Complex Questions /
    Mutual Welcome / Gratitude / Appointments
  • Tribute to the Hôtel-Dieu Sisters  (194) — October 8, 1997
    Day of Rejoicing / Mother Maillet / Hôtel-Dieu / Women of Compassion /
    An Outstanding Network / Gratitude and Best Wishes
  • "My Vocation Is To Love!"  (193) — October 1, 1997
    "Just for Today" / "Story of A Soul" / Doctor of the Church /
    Bishop Troy Resigns / Day of Prayer / Return to Our Roots
  • A Very Active Pastoral Year  (192) — September 24, 1997
    Beneficial Visits / The Bishop M.-A. Roy Prize / Group of 1000 /
    Synod for the Americas / Bishop's Meetings
  • Inauguration the 1997-1998 Pastoral Year (3)  (191) — September 17, 1997
    Solidarity / Formation / Mission / Courage and Creativeness / Parish Renewal / A Song
  • Inauguration the 1997-1998 Pastoral Year (2)  (190) — September 10, 1997
    A Church to Love / A Church to Serve / Challenges to Pick Up /
    Cells of Life / A Daring Creativeness / Taking Appropriate Measures
  • Inauguration the 1997-1998 Pastoral Year  (189) — September 3, 1997
    A Bold Look / "And You, What Do You Say of the Church?" /
    Positive Aspects / Word, Prayer, and Mission / Eagerness and Daring /
    Life, Welcome, Pride / Solidarity and Formation
  • Be A Shepherd after the Heart of Jesus  (188) — August 27, 1997
    Salt of the Earth and Light of the World / The Priest's Mission / Ministry of the Word /
    Mystery and Mercy / Living in Communion / The Indispensable Aid of the Holy Spirit
  • A Tribute to Father Felix Poitras  (187) — August 20, 1997
    Forward! / Witness of Jesus / The Choice of Jesus /
    More Than Physical Suffering / Spiritual Testament
  • No More Hunger! No More Thirst!  (186) — August 13, 1997
    An Amazing Promise / Amazing Insensitivity / Grievances /
    Becoming "Eucharists" / Contemplation
  • The Future of Parishes  (185) — August 7, 1997
    Socio-Political Commitment / At the Heart of Our Decisions
  • Presence at the Heart of Events  (184) — July 30, 1997
    Parish-Based Religious Education / Sunday Gathering / Varieties of Services
  • A Beneficial Presence  (183) — July 23, 1997
    "Baptised in Jesus" / "Confirmed in Jesus" / "Nourished in Jesus" /
    "Converted and Reconciled" / "Witnesses of God's Love" /
    "United with the Sufferings of Jesus" / "Deacons, Priests, and Bishops of Jesus"
  • A Comforting Presence  (182) — July 16, 1997
    "I Was Elderly" / "I Was a Missionary" / "I Was a Religious" /
    "I Was Your Brother" / In the Midst of Our Communities
  • An Amazing Presence  (181) — July 9, 1997
    "I Was a Child" / "I Was a Worker, a Labourer" /
    "I Was a Lover" / "I Was a Parent"
  • "Holy Spirit, Teach Us about Jesus"  (180) — July 2, 1997
    "Where Is Jesus?" / At the Heart of the Word /
    In Our Brothers and Sisters / "I Was Hungry" / "I Was Sick"
  • Assignments 1997  (179) — June 25, 1997
    1998 Session on Pastoral Ministry / Diocesan Services /
    Deaneries: [Upper Madawaska Deanery / Edmundston Deanery /
    Restigouche Deanery / Grand Falls Deanery] / Thanks
  • As the Acadian Games Draw Near  (178) — June 18, 1997
    A Bright Flame / A Demanding Discipline / At the Heart of Sports Competition /
    Celebration of Life / A Big Event
  • A Wonderful Revelation  (177) — June 11, 1997
    To Remember Him / The Revelation of John / Glorious Names /
    A Multitude of Symbols / Meaningful Words / Understanding Holy Scripture
  • Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Parish  (176) — June 4, 1997
    Letter to the Parishioners / Decree of Termination
  • A Meeting-Place of Love  (175) — May 28, 1997
    A Wonderful Sharing / A Priceless Treasure / Useful Help /
    The Serenity Centre / Happy Homecomings / Diocesan Services
  • An Overabundant Spring!  (174) — May 21, 1997
    Holy Spirit, Teach Us about Jesus / Hunger and Thirst for the Lord /
    At the Heart of Our Mission / At the Heart of Our Lives / The Power of the Spirit /
    Drug Dependency / Use, Abuse, and Dependency
  • 'Tis the Month of Mary!  (173) — May 14, 1997
    Major Directions / Fundamental Articulations / Important Guideposts /
    A Prayer That Speaks Volumes
  • Priorities To Be Promoted  (172) — May 7, 1997
    Discharging One's Responsibilities / Respect for the Human Person /
    A Preferential Option for the Poor / Carrying Out of the Common Good /
    A Few Golden Rules / Towards the Year 2000
  • "The Village Fountain"  (171) — April 30, 1997
    St. Patrick / Pressing Pastoral Needs /
    St. Theresa, Anderson Road / The Word of God
  • May His Springtime Come  (170) — April 23, 1997
    Come, Spirit of God! / Becoming Infected / Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Church /
    Priests' Retreat / The Msgr. Joseph-Aurèle Plourde Council
  • The Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Church  (169) — April 16, 1997
    Important Steps / Diocesan Centre / Pastoral Wisdom
  • To Be All Things to All People  (168) — April 9, 1997
    Tilley / One Family / Blue Bell / Missionary Zeal
  • Signs of the Kingdom  (167) — April 2, 1997
    Chrism Mass / Perth-Andover / An Important Centre /
    Preliminary Evaluation
  • Easter: A Time for Joy!  (166) — March 26, 1997
    "Have You Made Your Easter Duty?" / A 'Paschal' Spirituality /
    "My Body Given Up, My Blood Poured Out" /
    Extraordinary Easter! / 1997 Holy Week
  • Good News  (165) — March 19, 1997
    Ordination to the Diaconate / Chrism Mass /
    Missionary Commitment / Paths of Solidarity /
    A Portrait of Your Parish
  • "A Channel of Your Peace"  (164) — March 12, 1997
    Southern Victoria Deanery / Aroostook, the "Shining River" /
    Plaster Rock / Turned to the Future / A Prayer That Is Ever-New
  • "Rich in Mercy"  (163) — March 5, 1997
    Called to Holiness / A Break in Relationship / Ways of Receiving Forgiveness /
    Conversion and Reconciliation / At the Heart of the Church /
    Elements of Reconciliation / Liturgy of Joy
  • A Mission of Reconciliation  (162) — February 26, 1997
    Difficult Reconciliations / An Essential Task / Already at Work /
    Understanding One's Responsibilities / A Source of Reconciliation
  • The People of the Beautiful River  (161) — February 19, 1997
    Origin of the Name / Arrival in America / Pastoral Visitation to Maliseet /
    A Lively Place / A Hope-Filled People
  • Lent 1997: A Time of Blessing  (160) — February 12, 1997
    Forty Days / Spiritual Journey / Share-Lent / 1997 Pastoral Visitation /
    A Beautiful Opportunity
  • Incredible Homecoming  (159) — February 5, 1997
    Looking Forward to the Next One! / Don't Sleep in the Window /
    Get-Togethers / Where Do We Meet? / With or Without the Eucharist? /
    Thanking God for Our Gatherings / World Communications Day
  • Unforgettable Moments  (158) — January 29, 1997
    The Major Historical Event / An Indispensable Revaluing /
    Precious Moments / Resurrection! / The ABCs of Revaluing /
    Tradition Continues / Episcopal Ordination
  • The Need To Fully Live the Lord's Day  (157) — January 22, 1997
    If We Could Only Discover... / Needed Initiation / The True Method /
    To Do in Memory of Him / A Useful Visit / Unity Week / Helping One Another
  • Let Us Continue to Cherish Sundays  (156) — January 15, 1997
    Last Sunday / Sunday Gathering / Examine Motives /
    The Late High Mass / Active Participation / Two Examples
  • Already Three Years A Bishop!  (155) — January 8, 1997
    "Episcopal College" / "People of God" / "Team Life" /
    The World of the Poor / Necessary Prayer
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