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The following documents are offered in PDF format ().
(English Translations by Fr. Leo Grégoire, I.V.D.)


  • New Year's Blessings  (258) — December 30, 1998
    Solidarity / Suffering / Baptismal Mission / Wonderful Legacy /
    Religious Education / Families / Couples / Gratitude
  • "Instruments of Your Peace"  (257) — December 23, 1998
    Peace in Our Families / Peace to the Poor / Peace to the Sick /
    Peace to the Youth / Peace to the Elderly / Peace to Our Church
  • Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy Awards  (256) — December 16, 1998
    Thirty-Five Nominations / Education in the Faith / Celebration /
    Fellowship / Transforming One's Milieu / Honourable Mention / The 1998 Prize
  • Our Human Rights Responsibilities  (255) — December 9, 1998
    "Pacem in Terris" / Like Everyone Else! / Schools of Peace /
    Social Teaching / Free and Equal
  • Religious Education in the Diocese of Edmundston  (254) — December 2, 1998
    Diversity of Situations / A Partnership to Secure / The Parish Community /
    The Family / For a Vibrant and Interesting Catechesis
  • Thank You, Breath of Life!  (253) — November 25, 1998
    Breath of Life / Breath of Hope / Breath of Joy /
    Breath of Power / Breath of Love
  • A Tribute to Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy  (252) — November 18, 1998
    15,000 Present / Confidence, Service, Love / A Very Good Father /
    A Bishop of the State of Grace / Sought-After Preacher / A Precious Legacy
  • More than A Petition  (251) — November 11, 1998
    Biblical Roots / Inspiring Words / International Debt /
    A Renewed Leadership / The Indebted in Our Country / Nazareth, Year 30
  • A Month of Memories  (250) — November 4, 1998
    A Profound Hope / Entering into Life Everlasting / Coming Home to God /
    Praying for the Dead / Power of Intercession / Deceased Bishops
  • 125 Years of Nursing Care (2)  (249) — October 28, 1998
    Gentleness and Compassion / The Compassion of God /
    Learning to Be Compassionate Like God / Spiritual Agenda / Gratitude
  • 125 Years of Nursing Care (1)  (248) — October 21, 1998
    A Splendid Jubilee / Strength and Courage / Humble and Free /
    Women of Faith and of Compassion / Words of Life
  • Msgr. Lionel Daigle's Spiritual Legacy  (247) — October 14, 1998
    Priest-Artist / Pastoral Ministry to Youth / Witness to the Beatitudes
  • Inaugurating the 1998-1999 Pastoral Year (2)  (246) — October 7, 1998
    Deanery Concerns / Concerns of the Diocesan Services /
    Confirming the Needed Changes / On the Other Hand / Wonder
  • Inaugurating the 1998-1999 Pastoral Year (1)  (245) — September 30, 1998
    Taking the Road Together / Deanery Memories /
    Recollections from Our Services / Something New / Praise God
  • Indispensable Contemplation  (244) — September 23, 1998
    A Thought of Mother Teresa's / Testimony of Her Sisters /
    Eucharistic Mystery / A Unique Contribution
  • Fiftieth Anniversary of the Coming to Edmundston of the
    Blessed Sacrament Sisters
      (243) — September 16, 1998
    Beginnings of the "Annales" / A Historic Letter / Links / Eloquent Testimony
  • Pastoral Promotion of Human Rights (3)  (242) — September 9, 1998
    Commitment to Justice / Human Dignity / The Scandal of Poverty /
    Right to Work / Fostering Human Rights / Spiritual Dimension
  • Pastoral Promotion of Human Rights (2)  (241) — September 2, 1998
    Papal Audience / Recommendations / Human Rights Education /
    Third Generation Rights / A Second Congress?
  • Pastoral Promotion of Human Rights  (240) — August 26, 1998
    Prominent Points / 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights /
    An Ex-Prisoner Chairman / Devastating Testimony /
    Challenging Situations / "Universal and Indivisible"
  • Rich in God  (239) — August 19, 1998
    The Scandal of Vanity / Memorable Moments and Gestures /
    Claims to Fame / A Treasure / Witness to the Beatitudes
  • Faithful to the End (4)  (238) — August 12, 1998
    Faithful to the Present Moment / Commitment in the Present /
    A Call to Priests / Necessary Changes / Diocesan Services /
    Not To Fear the Requirements
  • Faithful to the End (3)  (237) — August 5, 1998
    The Mission of Every Baptised and Confirmed Person /
    Pressing Questions / Appeal to Youth / Appeal to Families /
    Appeal to Religious / Appeal to Pastoral Agents
  • Faithful to the End (2)  (236) — July 29, 1998
    Moses, Jeremiah, Gideon / Jesus, Mary, Peter, and Paul /
    The First Missionaries / The Time of Fidelity / A Wonderful Mission of Love
  • Faithful to the End (1)  (235) — July 22, 1998
    Faithful Like Peter / A Fidelity Put to the Test
  • Goodbye to Father Joseph Moisan  (234) — July 15, 1998
    Words Fail Me / Universal Praise / A Few Additions / Wishes
  • St-Jean-Baptiste Parish: 50 Years  (233) — July 8, 1998
    "Emmanuel" / Living in Fellowship / A Look of Faith / Signs of Love /
    The Goodness of People / John the Baptist / New Challenges
  • Messages Sent and Received  (232) — July 1, 1998
    To the Sick / To the Penitents / To the Youth / Mission of Youth /
    Strong Points / Yearnings / Involvement
  • Family and Eucharist  (231) — June 24, 1998
    Precious Memories / Uplifting Memories / Building Solidly /
    Emmanuel, God-with-Us / "You Are My House" / Emotional Growth /
    An Unchangeable Love / Wonderful Sundays / A Return to Basics / Commitments
  • A Tribute to the Fathers Thériault  (230) — June 17, 1998
    Witnesses / Father Sylvio / Father Énoïl / Father Rino /
    Mr. And Mrs. Thériault / Calls from God
  • A Tribute to Monsignor Urbain Lang, P.H.  (229) — May 10, 1998
    Concern for the Sick / A Yearning for the Absolute / Missionary Zeal / A New Era /
    Constant Availability / A Sincere Hope / Diocesan Eucharistic Congress
  • Living in Communion  (228) — June 3, 1998
    Fraternal Communion / Mystery of Faith /
    The Mission of Being Jesus / Servants of Gentleness
  • Come, Holy Spirit  (227) — May 27, 1998
    Prayer and Reflection / Good Decisions / Welcoming the Spirit /
    Good Ideas / A Spirit of Strength / Quite An Event /
    Guide Us Along the Paths of Life
  • Visitation of the Upper Madawaska Deanery (4)  (226) — May 20, 1998
    A History to Be Lived / A Division to Be Avoided / Jobs to Appreciate /
    Natural Beauty to Hold on to / A Church to Be Built / Thanks
  • Visitation of the Upper Madawaska Deanery (3)  (225) — May 13, 1998
    Saint-François-de-Madawaska / Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire, Connors /
    Many Engagements
  • Visitation of the Upper Madawaska Deanery (2)  (224) — May 6, 1998
    Saint-Hilaire / Baker Brook / Southern Victoria Deanery
  • Visitation of the Upper Madawaska Deanery (1)  (223) — April 29, 1998
    Baker Lake / St. François-d'Assise, Clair
  • The Parable of the Hourglass  (222) — April 22, 1998
    New Buds / Necessary Ministries / A Committed Laity /
    Meeting Witnesses / If You Hear... / A Totally Renewed Church
  • Finding or Reclaiming One's Place in the Church  (221) — April 15, 1998
    A Wonderful Work / The Body of Christ / Mystery of Communion /
    Hand, Heart, and Head / I Have Found My Place / Realising One's Dream /
    Upper Madawaska Deanery
  • Taking Time to Reflect on the Passion  (220) — April 8, 1998
    The Table Set / Endless Affronts / He Has defeated Death / The News
  • A Special Holy Week  (219) — April 1, 1998
    XIII World Youth Day / Blessing of the Oils / Easter Triduum /
    A New Life / Solidarity in the Midst of the World / For the Common Good
  • A Joyful Lent  (218) — March 25, 1998
    "Father I Am Your Child" / Almsgiving, Prayer, and Fasting /
    "Your Night Shall Shine As the Noonday Sun" / Walk in Joy! /
    Hymn to Joy / Reveal the Gentleness of God /
    United to the Upper Madawaska Deanery / Restigouche Deanery
  • The Future of Our Diocese (5)  (217) — March 18, 1998
    Role of the Pastor / Calling Back to the Mission Task / The Real Problem /
    Steps to Follow / A Participant's Prayer / Grand Falls Deanery
  • The Future of Our Diocese (4)  (216) — March 11, 1998
    More Ministries / Necessary Ministry of the Laity / Pastoral Agents /
    New Ministries / A Participant's Prayer / Edmundston Deanery
  • The Future of Our Diocese (3)  (215) — March 4, 1998
    Several Models / A Few Ways of Looking at the Future /
    Inter-parish Collaboration / Time Element / Three Steps to Follow... /
    ... and Four More / In Other Words... / A Participant's Prayer
  • The Future of Our Diocese (2)  (214) — February 25, 1998
    The People We Serve / Reviving the Church / Not a Service Station /
    Parish Styles / A Session Participant's Prayer
  • The Future of Our Diocese (1)  (213) — February 18, 1998
    Interests and Concerns / Necessary Transformation / Mission of the Church /
    God's business / Distinguishing between Mission and Means /
    A Session Participant's Prayer
  • Wonderful Mission of the Mass Media  (212) — February 11, 1998
    Gratitude / Power of the Mass Media / Disastrous Communications /
    Not Be Afraid / Witnesses, Mostly / Promoting Values / New Languages
  • Sacraments for the Sick: A Wonderful Power (2)  (211) — February 4, 1998
    Presence of Jesus / The Affliction of Illness /Jesus Helps the Recovery Process /
    Serenity and Courage / Viaticum / Continued Study
  • Sacraments for the Sick: A Wonderful Power  (210) — January 28, 1998
    Anxiety of Hope / Was Edmond Dead? / Happiness Promised /
    A Sacrament to Be Revalued / Several Sacraments of the Sick /
    Anointing of the Sick
  • The Future of Our Diocese: Pastoral Restructuring  (209) — January 21, 1998
    Why Be Church? / Essential Workers / Models to Favour / A Process /
    Added Prayer / Disaster Relief
  • Towards Christian Unity  (208) — January 14, 1998
    Fundamental Research / Beneficial Relations /
    At the Coming of the Year 2000 / Living in Deep Faith and Charity
  • "An office Entrusted by the Apostles"  (207) — January 7, 1998
    Wondrous Ministry / Call to Prayer and Collaboration / Welcomed in a Spirit of Hope /
    Not Nostalgia, but Gratitude / Great Esteem / January 9, 1998
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