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


  • "I Shall Sing the Mercies of God"  (416) — December 26, 2001
    "Memorial of God's Goodness" / Fear of Happiness / Exceptional Visits /
    Wonderful Families / Bethlehem and Nazareth / Three Lessons
  • My Christmas Prayer for 2001  (415) — December 19, 2001
  • Women of Faith (2)  (414) — December 12, 2001
    Your Neighbours / Our Pioneers / Pioneers of the Church in America /
    Women of the Bible
  • Women of Faith (1)  (413) — December 5, 2001
    Gratitude / Our Mothers / Yourselves
  • Gratitude to the Grey Nuns  (412) — November 28, 2001
    Prayer to St. Marguerite d'Youville / A Heart Aflame /
    Zealous Disciples / Saint Vincent de Paul / Option for the Poor
  • A Kingdom of Justice, Love and Peace  (411) — November 21, 2001
    The Faith of a Condemned Man / What Reign? What Kingdom? / At the Heart of Life /
    Rereading Our History / From Commitment to Faith / Life and Kingdom /
    Gifts to the Diocese
  • The Greatest Saint of Modern Times  (410) — November 14, 2001
    Doctor of the Church / "I Do not Die, I Enter into Life." / An Eternity /
    A Humble Request / Unshakable Confidence / "My Vocation"
  • An Extraordinary Child Named Theresa  (409) — November 7, 2001
    Her Desire / Her Elevator / Her Father / Trust and Love /
    A Secret / Expansion / A Gift from God
  • Happy Birthday, John Eudes! (1601-1680)  (408) — October 31, 2001
    Call to Holiness / Shepherds after the Heart of God / Requisite Pastoral Formation /
    Bearing the Miseries / Discovering God's Tenderness / Missionary Zeal
  • How Can Such a Gift Be Enjoyed?  (407) — October 24, 2001
    "Proclaim the Word" / "Practice Lectio Divina!" / "Read the Word!" /
    "Meditate the Word!" / "Pray the Word!" / "Contemplate the Word!" /
    "Live the Word!"
  • Prayer and Action for Peace  (406) — October 17, 2001
    Praying for Peace / Gestures of Peace / Being Peacemakers
  • Let Us Be Peacemakers at All Cost!  (405) — October 10, 2001
    WYD 2002 / Synod 2001 / New Heads / Vocation Ministry / New Millennium
  • A Peerless, Lasting Gift  (404) — October 3, 2001
    Serious Responsibility / Vital Links / Follow-Up, Please! /
    Hold Fast! / Take Me on Board!
  • "Living with the Heart" (7)  (403) — September 26, 2001
    The Life of Jesus and Mary / Heart of Mary / Words of Love
  • A Tribute to Our Elders  (402) — September 19, 2001
    "A Grandmother Is Something Great!" / A Special Link /
    One Hundred Years of Life! / Giants of Our History / We Need You!
  • Demanding, Exciting Priorities  (401) — September 12, 2001
    The New Evangelisation / "With Your Everyday Life" /
    Family- and Parish-Based Religious Education /
    "WYD 2002" / Team Life / An Enthusiastic Response
  • "Living with the Heart" (6)  (400) — September 5, 2001
    Qualified Shepherds / Many Writings / Missionary Successes
  • "Living with the Heart" (5)  (399) — August 29, 2001
    Call to Boldness / A Call to Consecrated Life and to Mission /
    Prayer / Vocation / Mission / Forming Jesus in Us
  • Lessons from the 1951 Congress,
    Which Are Still Timely
      (398) — August 22, 2001
    Marian Devotion / First Mass / Vocations
  • An Extraordinary Pilgrimage!  (397) — August 15, 2001
    Papal Message / Beginning of a New Pastoral Year
  • "Living with the Heart" (4)  (396) — August 8, 2001
    A Fateful Choice / Tears of Blood / A Call to Prayer and Contemplation /
    Call to Mercy / "Missionaries of Mercy"
  • "Living with the Heart" (3)  (395) — August 1, 2001
    Spirit of Jesus / A Covenant, A Contract / Call to Holiness /
    What Must We Do?
  • "Living with the Heart" (2)  (394) — July 25, 2001
    His Life Continued / Growth Exercises / At the Heart of Life
  • "Living with the Heart" (1)  (393) — July 18, 2001
    Marvel / Song of Praise / Our Thanks / At the Heart of the Jubilee
  • Celebrating Christian Marriage (4)  (392) — July 11, 2001
    Community of Life / New Covenant / Mystery of Unity and Love /
    Human and Christian Responsibilities / Marvel
  • Celebrating Christian Marriage (3)  (391) — July 4, 2001
    Heart Surgery / Open Heart / Communication / Openness /
    Tenderness / Forgiveness / Faith / Mission
  • Celebrating Christian Marriage (2)  (390) — June 27, 2001
    An Enlightening Word / A True Revelation / Meaningful Songs /
    With or Without the Eucharist / A Wish
  • Celebrating Christian Marriage (1)  (389) — June 20, 2001
    What Changes in 50 Years! / Liturgical Renewal /
    How Is It with Us? / What Is Basic in All This / What Presence?
  • Appointments, 2001-2002  (388) — June 15, 2001
    Faith and Availability / Gratitude / Vocabulary / Upper Madawaska Deanery /
    Edmundston Deanery / Grand Falls Deanery / Restigouche Deanery /
    Southern Victoria Deanery / Diocesan Services
  • Edmundston Cathedral: Beautiful Cathedral,
    Holy Cathedral
      (387) — June 13, 2001
    Where Does the Word "Cathedral" Come from? / Who Is Concerned by a Cathedral? /
    Rights and Responsibilities / Living Prayers / A Living Heritage
  • Eleven Years After the Diocesan Synod (1987-1990)  (386) — June 6, 2001
    Much Progress / Mission and Evangelisation /A New Springtime /
    Families, Youth, and the Poor / Vocations
  • Graduation: A Big Step in Life  (385) — May 30, 2001
    Major Dimensions / Powerful Virtues / Startling Admiration /
    Plentiful Imagination / A Generous Life / The Commandment of Love
  • After the Referendum and the Elections  (384) — May 23, 2001
    Congratulations and Solidarity / The Referendum / Appointments /
    Financial Drive 2001
  • The Called by Name Vocation Programme  (383) — May 16, 2001
    Prayer and Discernment / "The Wind Blows Where It Will." /
    From St-Odilon to Edmundston / Wonder and Petition
  • Municipal Elections and Referendum 2001  (382) — May 9, 2001
    Video Lottery Terminals / Municipal Elections
  • A Priest's Workday  (381) — May 2, 2001
    There Is No Longer a Typical Workday / Hesitations and Achievements /
    Three Key Ministries / Stimulating Tasks / Someone We Don't Know
  • What Do We retain from the Summit of the Americas?  (380) — April 25, 2001
    A Strange Silence / Globalization / The Church in the Americas / A Greater Awareness /
    A Point of No Return / Is A Sharing of Riches Excluded? / Ecological Disaster
  • An Invitation to Contemplation  (379) — April 18, 2001
    "Exultet" / Contemplating the Risen Christ / Yesterday, Today, and For Ever /
    A Sure Presence / Call to Holiness
  • Seek the Face of the Lord  (378) — April 11, 2001
    Wanting to See Jesus / To Sincerely Desire It / Triggering One's Thirst for God /
    Here I Am before Your Face / "The Heart of My Heart"
  • Under the Sign of Communion  (377) — April 4, 2001
    Witnesses to Love / "If I Have No Love" / A Spirituality of Communion /
    In Daily Life / The Diversity of Vocations / "Duc in Altum!"
  • A Pastoral Programme for the Third Millennium  (376) — March 28, 2001
    A Programme of Transformation / Holiness / Prayer / The Sunday Eucharist /
    The Sacrament of Reconciliation / The Primacy of Grace /
    Listening to the Word; Proclaiming the Word
  • Moments of Contemplation  (375) — March 21, 2001
    Thirst for God / The Witness of the Gospels / The Life of Faith /
    Jesus Is Altogether Other! / Whence Comes This Faith? / Like Thomas
  • The Legacy of the Great Jubilee  (374) — March 14, 2001
    One Uninterrupted Hymn / Today / The Fullness of Time / The Purification of Memory /
    Eucharistic Congress / International Debt / New Energies
  • With the New Millennium  (373) — March 7, 2001
    A Memorable Letter / A Face to Contemplate /
    Starting Afresh from Christ / Witnesses to Love / "Duc in Altum"
  • What Will Our Lent 2001 Be Like?  (372) — February 28, 2001
    "Catechumenate" / Initiation / Gratitude / We Pray to the Lord
  • The world Youth Days in Canada in 2002!  (371) — February 21, 2001
    Visits to Dioceses / The Cross, Symbol of the WYD / Toronto Programme /
    To Whom Are the WYD Addressed? / A New Millennium / Setting Afire! / Facilitation
  • 2001: International Year of Volunteers  (370) — February 14, 2001
    At the Core of the Gospel / The Multi-Faceted Christ / In the Midst of Daily Activity /
    In the Midst of the Diocesan Church / Year of Gratitude
  • World Day of the Sick  (369) — February 7, 2001
    beloved of God / A Renewed Faith / Mysterious Suffering /
    An Unmistakable Picture of Christ / "If Hope..." / Prayer
  • World Day of Consecrated Life  (368) — January 31, 2001
    An Exceptional Mission / Renewal? / Institutes and Associations /
    Springtime of the Spirit / Diversity of Vocations
  • Prayer for Church Unity  (367) — January 24, 2001
    Urgency of Unity / Achievements / A Page of History / Gospel of Reconciliation /
    Grass-Roots Ecumenism / Another Long Road
  • What Is Our Evaluation of Jubilee Year 2000?  (366) — January 17, 2001
    Evaluation Guides / Welcome and Respect of the Other / Cancellation of Debts /
    Rest for the Earth /The Holy Door / Pilgrimage / The Grace of the Jubilee / Convictions
  • The 2001 Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy Awards  (365) — January 10, 2001
    Good Pickings / At the Heart of Priorities / In the Midst of the Community /
    Friendship and Solidarity / A More Difficult Choice
  • I Never Thought That I Would One Day Be Bishop!  (364) — January 3, 2001
    A Weighty Cross / Proclaiming the Good Word of Hope /
    Celebrating the Cause of Our Hope / Sowers of Hope and Unity
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