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Bishop's Journal



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


  • May the Year 2001 Be Good to You!  (363) — December 27, 2000
    Jubilee Year / Jesus Yesterday, Today, and Forever / Eucharistic Congresses /
    Day-to-Day Activities / Rising to the Challenges
  • May Jesus Be the Centre of Your Life!  (362) — December 20, 2000
    You Are at the Centre of Our Lives / Required Steps / At the Heart of Our Faith /
    At the Heart of Our Church / At the Heart of Our World
  • My Brother Knights  (361) — December 13, 2000
    Decisive Priorities / The Founder's Dream / A People of Life and
    a People for Life / Admiration and Hope / My Hopes As Bishop
  • Patron Feast of the Diocese  (360) — December 6, 2000
    The Immaculate Conception History / In Our Milieu /
    The First Bishop's Petition / Rediscovering Mary's Mission
  • What Does Pope John Paul Think, about Canada?  (359) — November 29, 2000
    Canada and Youth / The Educational System /
    Canada and Cultures / Solidarity with Poor Nations / Pilgrimage
  • Why We Give Gifts at Christmas  (358) — November 22, 2000
    A Very Pertinent Question / Reasons of Faith / Distributing Or Exchanging /
    Attitude of Mutuality / Back to Basics / The Most Beautiful Night
  • Essential Co-Responsibility  (357) — November 15, 2000
    Remote Preparation / An Indispensable Passage /
    No Small Challenge! / Varied Tasks / Community Tasks
  • The Poppy of Loyalty  (356) — November 8, 2000
    Gratitude / The Many Blessed / November /
    "Forward, You Honest Ones!" / Year 2000 Diocesan Award
  • Federal Elections 2000  (355) — November 1, 2000
    A Gospel at Work / Numerous Requests / A Time of Dialogue /
    At the Heart of Daily Activity / A Humble Prayer
  • Canadian Bishop's General Meeting  (354) — October 25, 2000
    Period of Solidarity and Hope / Seeds of Hope / Forward, Women of the World! /
    Forward, Youth of the World! / A Historic Moment /
    Forward! Carry on Your Mission! / New Brunswick Bishops
  • Solidarity, Fidelity, and Mission  (353) — October 18, 2000
    Support for the March of Women / Weak Economic Power /
    Challenging Situations / A Major Anniversary / Mission Sunday
  • The Edmundston-Boma Communion  (352) — October 11, 2000
    An Unexpected Offer / Major Obstacles / Even Greater Obstacles /
    A Demanding Arrangement / Objectives of the Year 2000-2001 / Only A Beginning
  • For A just and Lasting Peace  (351) — October 4, 2000
    Fall 1999 / Fall 2000 / Jubilee of Priests
  • The Atlantic Region Bishops  (350) — September 27, 2000
    Jubilee Year / Pastors for You / A Beloved Pastor
  • "Gardener of Love"  (349) — September 20, 2000
    A Vision of Faith / Appreciation for the Artists
  • Peace According to Blessed John XXIII  (348) — September 13, 2000
    Pacem in Terris / A Noble Task / A Centre of Love /
    Peacemakers / A Secret / Prayer for Peace / A Marvellous Gift
  • Good Pope John  (347) — September 6, 2000
    My Predecessors / Ties with Canada / Decrees of Beatification /
    A Precious Legacy / "The Church Rejoices"
  • Schooling: A Time of Discovery  (346) — August 30, 2000
    A Measure of Quality / A Biblical Reference / A Common Task /
    A Jubilee Year / The Year 2000 / Wonder and Marvel
  • "It Is Good to Be Here"  (345) — August 23, 2000
    Amazement at the Unexpected / An Unforgettable Meeting /
    Transfigured Lives / Abiding Presence / Helpful Encounters
  • Happy 2000-2001 Pastoral Year!  (344) — August 16, 2000
    Under the Sign of the Assumption / A Snapshot of a Church to Come /
    Welcome, Father Joseph! / Other Mandates / Priorities for 2000-2001
  • "Let the Spirit Burst Forth" (5)  (343) — August 9, 2000
    Richness of Our Presbyterium / Men of the Deep /
    Ten Years after the Diocesan Synod / Turned to the Future /
    An Unfinished Letter
  • "Let the Spirit Burst Forth" (4)  (342) — August 2, 2000
    Jubilee Activities / A Presentation of Christian Marriage / Pastoral Visitations /
    A Fruitful Dialogue / Reasons for the Visitations / Edmundston Presbyterium /
    Towards a Church-As-Communion
  • "Let the Spirit Burst Forth" (3)  (341) — July 26, 2000
    Ties to Maintain / Jubilee 2000 / Compassion /Eucharistic Congresses /
    Summary Report of Congresses / Eucharist, Family, and Communities /
    The Church Is Renewed
  • "Let the Spirit Burst Forth" (2)  (340) — July 19, 2000
    Pastoral Readjustments / A Dynamic and Permanent Path /
    An Appropriate Solution / 15 August 1999 / Family- and Parish-Based
    Religious Education / A New Departure / A Promising Conclusion
  • "Let the Spirit Burst Forth" (1)  (339) — July 12, 2000
    Eyes Fixed on Jesus / A Daily Struggle
  • Pastoral Visitation to "The Cradle of the Madawaska"  (338) — July 5, 2000
    Mother Parish / Many Pastors / Evocative / Notable Meetings / Sacramental Preparation
  • Do Not Be Afraid to Witness to Your Faith  (337) — June 28, 2000
    An Awful Betrayal / An Outstanding Witness / "Do Not Be Afraid!" /
    Under the Sign of Excellence / Pride, Daring, Eagerness / Ever-Present Gifts
  • Pastoral Visitation to
    Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs (2)
      (336) — June 21, 2000
    Memorable visits / Look and Listen / Challenging Letters /
    Children's Prayers / A Long Life / Movements and Associations
  • Panis Angelicus!  (335) — June 14, 2000
    An Amazing Legacy / Tantum Ergo / "A Mission of Love" /
    "For Two Thousand Years" / Musical Tradition / Source and Summit of Life
  • Religious Education and Pastoral Activity in Schools  (334) — June 7, 2000
    A Bishop's Mission / That Truth Be Told / Necessary Discussion /
    Values to Promote / Daring and Faith / Reasons for Hope
  • Pastoral Visitation to
    Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs (1)
      (333) — May 31, 2000
    A Fresh Breeze / A Huge Building Site /
    A Challenging Name / An Unforgettable Sunday
  • You Shall Be A Happy Priest!  (332) — May 24, 2000
    A Short Prayer / A Call to Welcome / A Gospel to Proclaim /
    A Prophet of Hope / In Service to Others / Full Time! / A Divine Task
  • Pastoral Visitation to Immaculate Conception Parish (2)  (331) — May 17, 2000
    Major Change / A Treasure to Become Familiar with / Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur /
    Precious Legacy / Words of Wisdom / Gratitude
  • Pastoral Visitation to Immaculate Conception Parish (1)  (330) — May 10, 2000
    Notre-Dame-du-Petit-Sault / Msgr. William Conway / Rapid Changes /
    Named for the Immaculate / Remarkable Activities / Notable Visits
  • Pastoral Visitation to Saint-Joseph  (329) — May 3, 2000
    Historical Notes / The Patron Saint / Home-Based Religious
    Education / A Desire for God
  • A May Day Message  (328) — April 26, 2000
    A Daily Prayer / Love of Work / The Dignity of All /
    Distribution of Wealth / Unacceptable Situations /
    Weekly Rest / New Millennium
  • Be Messengers of Joy, Alleluia!  (327) — April 19, 2000
    Unforgettable Meetings / Instrument of Peace / In the Midst of Daily Activity /
    A Message of Joy / In the Midst of Our Lives / Major Commitments
  • Saint-Jacques Pastoral Visitation  (326) — April 12, 2000
    Historical Background / Noteworthy Development /
    Saint-Jacques [St. James]: The Name /
    Prominent Activities / Meeting the Deaneries PEACs
  • A Tribute to Father Lewis Long  (325) — April 5, 2000
    To the End of the Road / A Communicator / A Demanding Ministry /
    The Enigma of Suffering / Towards Beatitude / Towards A Certain Serenity
  • Pastoral Visitation to Green River  (324) — March 29, 2000
    History / Active Parish / Reflection of Love / Memorable Meetings /
    Splendid Testimony
  • Pastoral Visitation to Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska  (323) — March 22, 2000
    Historical Fragments / Resident Priests / Glorious Patron /
    In-depth Visitation / At the Service of the Liturgy
  • Forgiveness and Homecoming  (322) — March 15, 2000
    Watchfulness / Hardness of Heart / A Wise Prayer / "I Desire Mercy." /
    The Three Parables / Reaching for Forgiveness / What If It Were Today?
  • I Support the Women's World March  (321) — March 8, 2000
    World March / Goals of the March / Invisible Work / Unbelievable Rate of Poverty /
    Struggle against Violence / Challenging Situations
  • Edmundston Deanery Pastoral Visitation  (320) — March 1, 2000
    Aim / Provisional Schedule / Share Lent / Fifth Congress / Grace-filled Event
  • Congratulations to Our Pastoral Teams!  (319) — February 23, 2000
    Generosity and New Vigour / A Privileged Place / Too High an Ideal /
    Getting at the Essential / A Hope / Demands from Pastors / Parish Annual Meetings
  • Why Marriage Annulments?  (318) — February 16, 2000
    Dignity of Marriage / Validity Assumed / Couples in Difficulty /
    Grounds for Annulment / Why Get A Marriage Annulment? /
    How Does One Obtain Such An Annulment?
  • Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God  (317) — February 9, 2000
    Communication / Work / Fidelity / Prayer / "Who Will Separate Us..."
  • A Celebration of Our Love  (316) — February 2, 2000
    To the Dignity of Sacrament / Where Is Love? / Touching God! /
    The Great Love / Proclaim to the World / Divine Tenderness / Prayer
  • A Community Celebration for Lovers  (315) — January 26, 2000
    Economic Causes / Doing Otherwise! / Solidarity /
    Freedom / A Great Mystery / Earnest Prayer
  • A Message to Lovers  (314) — January 19, 2000
    Twist and Spiral / A World of Poetry / It Is Love /
    A Surprising Text / Living in Love / Living with the Heart
  • "Christian, Recognise Your Dignity!"  (313) — January 12, 2000
    A Time of Joy / "Be Aware of Your Dignity!" / The Great Missions /
    Rediscovering Baptism / Wonderful Catechesis
  • Already Six Years!  (312) — January 5, 2000
    Apostolic Letter / More Than A Coincidence! / A Bold Prayer /
    Constant Service / Episcopal Insignia
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