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Bishop's Journal



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


  • "My Soul Glorifies the Lord!"  (469) — December 31, 2002
    Joyful Mysteries / Sorrowful Mysteries /
    Luminous Mysteries / Glorious Mysteries
  • "A Child Is Born to Us!"  (468) — December 24, 2002
    A Christmas Full of Blessings / Sent by God into the World /
    The Luck of Being Christian / Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus /
    Let Us Look at Mary and Joseph / Praise to Mary
  • October 2002-October 2003: Year of the Rosary  (467) — December 18, 2002
    Learning from Mary / A Summary of the Gospel / "My Favourite Prayer" /
    Luminous Mysteries / To Meditate in One's Heart
  • The Celebration of Penance and Forgiveness
    in Our Diocese (4)
      (466) — December 11, 2002
    Brief Review / Role of Bishop and Bishops /
    Diocese of Edmundston
  • The Celebration of Penance and Forgiveness
    in Our Diocese (3)
      (465) — December 4, 2002
    Felicitous Initiatives / Deeply Felt Celebrations /
    Place of Forgiveness / At the Heart of Life / At the Heart of Life
  • The Celebration of Penance and Forgiveness
    in Our Diocese (2)
      (464) — November 27, 2002
    Brief Review / Role of Bishop and Bishops /
    Diocese of Edmundston
  • The Celebration of Penance and Forgiveness
    in Our Diocese (1)
      (463) — November 20, 2002
    Mercy As a Legacy / "Believe the Good News!" /
    Synod Recommendations / The Witness of Tradition
  • Investing in Youth  (462) — November 13, 2002
    Insufficient Revenue / National Solidarity /
    The WYD Is Worth the Expense! / Urgent Appeal /
    Message of Hope: A Wondrous Spark / Immediate Follow-Up
  • "More Than a Day of Remembrance"  (461) — November 6, 2002
    "I believe in the communion of saints." / Beyond Space / Beyond Time /
    "Today you shall be with me..." / The Blessed of Daily Routine
  • 2001-2002 : A Remarkable Year  (460) — October 30, 2002
    WYD 2002: A Sacred History / Continental Vocation Congress /
    Giving A Human Face to Solidarity / As Weeks Go By/ Difficult Situations /
    Grace-Filled Events / With Eyes Fixed on Christ
  • Our Lady of Seven Sorrows: A Great Sign of Hope  (459) — October 23, 2002
    Christian Meaning of Suffering / Gospel of Suffering /
    Mother of Sorrows / Inexhaustible Source of Hope
  • A Spirit of Wonder and Discovery  (458) — October 16, 2002
    Here Is Our Garden! / What Is That? / From Wonder to Wonder /
    As If He Were Looking on the Invisible God
  • Priorities Affecting Our Daily Lives  (457) — October 9, 2002
    Family- and Parish-Based Religious Education /
    Youth and Family Ministry / Pastoral Restructuring /
    Financial Support / A Certainty
  • A Thank You to PEACs!  (456) — October 2, 2002
    Wonderful Work / Roman Catholic Bishop of Edmundston /
    Major Reasons / Nature of PEACs / Multiple Tasks
  • "There is room for everyone, in the Church!"  (455) — September 25, 2002
    A Wonderful Discovery / Building up the Body of Christ /
    New Services!
  • Productive Anniversaries! (2)  (454) — September 18, 2002
    Fifty Years of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate /
    One Hundred Years of Cistercian Presence
  • Let Us Remember September 11, 2001  (453) — September 11, 2002
    11 September 2001 / The Pope's Personal Experience /
    "We Can and We Must!" / Peace and Forgiveness /
    Terrorism Despises Human Life / Self-Examination
  • Productive Anniversaries!  (452) — September 4, 2002
    Source of Special Graces / Silver, Gold, and Diamond
  • An "Omnium" School, Pastoral and Work Year!  (451) — August 28, 2002
    A Beautiful Site / People's Attitudes /
    Discipline, Silence, Energy / What Will Remain of the Omnium ?
  • "A Mighty Wind Arose" (3)  (450) — August 21, 2002
    Listen to the Witnesses / Creating Encounters with Christ /
    Various Situations / A "Living Test" / Casting off
  • "A Mighty Wind Arose" (2)  (449) — August 14, 2002
    Friend of Youth / Save Yourself or Perish with It /
    The Light Which Illuminates Your Future / To the Dimensions of the World /
    In Her, the Youthful Christ / An ever Timely Message / The World Needs You
  • "A Mighty Wind Arose" (1)  (448) — August 7, 2002
    Preliminary Evaluation / Boldness and Vision /
    Five Challenging Events / Challenging Words
  • "A Call... A Response"  (447) — July 31, 2002
    Father Claude Côté, Eudist /
    Fr. Benoît Bossé: "Something Not Easy!"
  • Three Cheers for WYD 2002!  (446) — July 24, 2002
    A Stimulating Theme / Light of the World /
    We Must be Salt of the Earth / Gifts for the Mission /
    "Come, Spirit!"
  • "Mysterious Design"  (445) — July 17, 2002
    Fr. Rino Albert: "Mysterious Design" /
    God Wanted Me Where I Was! / Greater Happiness in Giving
  • "Come and See!"  (444) — July 10, 2002
    Msgr. Eymard Desjardins: "Call-Response" /
    You Were Always There! / "All Is Grace!"
  • "His Love Is from Age to Age!"  (443) — July 3, 2002
    In the Midst of Poverty / Mother's Death /
    School and Seminary / A Wonderful Mission
  • "You Have Seduced Me, O Lord, and
    You Have Prevailed!"
      (442) — June 26, 2002
    Telling of the Wonders of the Lord / An Invitation to Awe /
    Bishop Dionne: "Familiar Company" / Being A Priest Before Becoming One /
    Msgr. Urbain Lang: My Vocation to the Priesthood
  • Appointments 2002  (441) — June 19, 2002
    Gratitude / Pastoral Personnel / Parish Appointments /
    Diocesan Services Appointments / "Duc in altum!"—"Put Out into Deep Water!" /
    Summary
  • Happy Fathers' Day!  (440) — June 12, 2002
    Dad, You Are Always So Amazing! / Fathers with a Thousand Faces! /
    A Prayer for our Children / Celebration of Life
  • Graduates, Only Love Counts!  (439) — June 5, 2002
    To Live by Loving / An Ideal Shared Today /
    Passionately in Love with God and Humankind /
    Only Love Matters! / Only Love Matters!
  • "I Enter the Joy of My Beloved Father"  (438) — May 29, 2002
    Tasting Life on Earth / "Life Is Transformed" /
    Jesus' Farewell / Short Prayers
  • Celebrating Christian Funerals Today (3)  (437) — May 22, 2002
  • Celebrating Christian Funerals Today (2)  (436) — May 15, 2002
    Christian Funerals / Eucharist and Funerals / Compassion and Consolation /
    Solidarity and Being with / Community Responsibilities
  • Happy Mother's Day!  (435) — May 8, 2002
    A Two-Faceted Celebration! / Mother Is Always There! /
    Mothers with a Thousand Faces! / Litanies in the Midst of Humdrum Tasks /
    Gospel of Life
  • A Momentous Event for the Future of Our Church (2)  (434) — May 1, 2002
    Joyful Anniversaries / Banner Months / A Thousand Thanks! / A Wonderful Retreat
  • A Momentous Event for the Future of Our Church (1)  (433) — April 24, 2002
    A Time of Godly Favour / Under the Sign of Love / A Mission of Love
  • Celebrating Christian Funerals Today (1)  (432) — April 17, 2002
    Many Changes / New Pastoral Situations / Priceless Values / A Precious Inheritance
  • Invitation to Joy  (431) — April 10, 2002
    "Exultet!" / A Deep Joy / Fifty Days / Easter 2002 / Time of Trust
  • Happy Easter! Alleluia!  (430) — April 3, 2002
    More Than Greyness / Haendel's Alleluia / Gardener, Fisherman, Companion... /
    Where Can We Meet Him Today? / At the Heart of Daily Living / Faith and Hope
  • "Preferential Option for the Poor"  (429) — March 27, 2002
    Commitment to the Poor / Justice / "Go, Free My People!" /
    Lord, Your People / Holy Week
  • "My Beloved Church"  (428) — March 20, 2002
    A Mission / Construction Site of Forest / Wonderful Cycle /
    "And You, What Do You Say?" / An Urgent Plea
  • "With Eyes Fixed of Jesus Christ"  (427) — March 13, 2002
    The Beatitudes / More Than an Experience of Happiness /
    Happiness, Finally! / A Struggle
  • "You Who Have the Light"  (426) — March 6, 2002
    The Lights We See / Young Louis / In Our Midst /
    Cradle of the Madawaska Region
  • "They Would Set the Whole World Ablaze"  (425) — February 27, 2002
    An Extraordinary Pilgrimage / Open-Air Temple / A People's Pilgrimage /
    A Heart As Big As the World / "See How They Love One Another" /
    A Young Girl Who Wanted to "Set the World on Fire"
  • Watchers of the Dawn  (424) — February 20, 2002
    "Watchman, How Goes the Night?" / "Watchman, Where Are Your Values?" /
    "Watchman, Where Is Your Light?" / "Watchman, Where Is Your God?" /
    "Watchman, Do You Want to Live a Holy Life?" / "Watchman, Prepare for the WYD!"
  • "Salt and Light"  (423) — February 13, 2002
    A Special Mission / A Truly Special Happening / Salt of the Earth /
    Keeping the Faith / Seeking the Absolute / Light of the World
  • Monday, February 11: World Day of the Sick  (422) — February 6, 2002
    Noble Concern / An Important Question / With Christ /
    A Path to Life / The Christian Community
  • Saturday, February 2: Day
    Dedicated to Consecrated Life
      (421) — January 30, 2002
    Three Questions / In the Beginnings of the Colony / True Witnesses
    Consecration and Mission / A Role for the Future
  • For the Hope of the World (2)  (420) — January 23, 2002
    Two Passions / To New Challenges, New Collaborations /
    Migratory Movements / Extraordinary Communion / Go Forth in Hope! /
    Episcopal Renewal
  • For the Hope of the World (1)  (419) — January 16, 2002
    God Has Visited His People! / A Grace-Filled Encounter /
    Conditions for Being Witnesses of Hope / Communion and Dignity /
    Compassion / A Wish
  • Our Lives, A Revelation of God  (418) — January 9, 2002
    Feast of the Wise Men? / Where There Is Love and Charity /
    Like A Water Diviner / Discovering God's Presence in Us /
    "Close to Us" / Epiphanies of Love
  • A Happy and Holy New Year 2002!  (417) — January 2, 2002
    Happy to Be Alive! / Let Us Not Fear! / Irreplaceable Youth! /
    Heavy Responsibilities / Coming Glory / Countless Blessings /
    A Mission to Pursue
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