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Bishop's Journal



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


  • Happy and Holy New Year 2004!  (521) — December 31, 2003
    Threat of War / Endless Wars / Tensions /
    Peacemakers / Under the Sign of Life
  • At the Crib of the Christ-Child, I Pray for You!  (520) — December 24, 2003
    With the Eyes of the Heart / All the Children / All the Parents /
    All Those in Charge / They Praised God...
  • A Tribute to the Religious Hospitallers
    of Saint Joseph
      (519) — December 17, 2003
    Return to the Roots / Rumours / Similar Situations? /
    Continue Building... / Sister Maillet
  • Good Seed and Bad  (518) — December 10, 2003
    Patience! / Painful Awareness / The Truth! /
    Weeds! / Prevention, or Healing? /
    Celebration of Forgiveness
  • Nearing the Diocesan Patronal Feast  (517) — December 3, 2003
    A Concise and Meaningful Prayer / A Priceless Teaching /
    Centring Everything on Christ / At the Heart of Our Daily Concerns /
    Forming the Evangeliser
  • Looking for Priest Replacements!  (516) — November 26, 2003
    Not before 2010... / Would You Accept...? /
    Discernment / A Prayer / Home Mission!
  • Why Do We Need a Diocesan Centre?  (515) — November 19, 2003
    Why Not Move Elsewhere? / More Than a Church Symbol /
    Figures / But What Goes on, There? / Forthcoming Development
  • In God's Garden, Let Us Sow Love!  (514) — November 12, 2003
    Background / What Garden? / What Seeds? /
    Let Us Sow Love / The Garden of Our Church / A Wish
  • Building the Church Together (6)  (513) — November 5, 2003
    The Village Fountain / Renewing the Parish Institution /
    Pastors Wanted / Signs of Presence / Giving Thanks
  • A Tribute to Pope John Paul II  (512) — October 29, 2003
    Gratitude / Trust Shown / First Contacts /
    Love Gushing Forth / New Evangelisation /
    A Unity Which Touches Him Deeply
  • An Urgent Appeal to Reality, Boldness, and Solidarity  (511) — October 22, 2003
    Reality / Boldness /Boldness / Availability
  • Building the Church together (5)  (510) — October 15, 2003
    Community Leaders Wanted / Pastoral Leaders Wanted /
    Parish Pastoral Teams / Appropriate Resources
  • Dreaming together the Church of 2015...  (509) — October 8, 2003
    Along the Path of Saint Francis / Restoring the Church... /
    In Action and in Truth / Gestures of Love / Gratitude /
    A Wonderful Dream / A Humble Prayer
  • Building the Church Together (4)  (508) — October 1, 2003
    A Young and Dynamic Church / Swift and Far / Becoming Disciples of Jesus /
    Without Nostalgia, but with Renewed Energy
  • Building the Church Together (3)  (507) — September 24, 2003
    Family Ministry / Steps to be Taken /
    A Messenger of Salvation to Those in Difficulty /
    Inhuman Tasks?
  • Building the Church Together (2)  (506) — September 17, 2003
    A One Hundred Thirty-Year Old Story / To Fill A Void... /
    A Passion / New Paths
  • Building the Church Together (1)  (505) — September 10, 2003
    The Church's Building-Site / A Mustard Seed /
    A Wonderful Story / Difficult Beginnings
  • A Tribute to the Daughters of Wisdom  (504) — September 3, 2003
    A "Special" Community / An Unusual Saint! /
    The Académie Conway, Edmundston
  • A Tribute to the Blessed Sacrament Sisters  (503) — August 27, 2003
    Seized by the Love of Christ / In Our Diocese
  • A Tribute to the Eudist Congregation  (502) — August 20, 2003
    "Praised Be Jesus and Mary!" / In Our Diocese /
    Reaching Out / Priority Ministry
  • "Teach Me Your Silence!"  (501) — August 13, 2003
    Mary of Nazareth / "We Await Your Answer." /
    Missionaries without Transportation /
    "A Silence That Speaks" / A Listening Heart
  • Filled with the Lord's Blessings  (500) — August 6, 2003
    All is Grace! / Thank You, Father / A Word Made Man!
  • "Witnesses of A Gospel of Salvation"  (499) — July 30, 2003
    Justice, Affection, and Humility /
    Missionary Commitment: More than a Feel-Good Attitude /
    A New Pentecost / One Whole: A Reflection of God! /
    Becoming Once More the Land of God
  • Our Sister Water's Battle (2)  (498) — July 23, 2003
    Let Us Protect All of Creation / Critical Level /
    A High Cost / Water More Expensive than Gas! / General Alarm
  • Our Sister Water's Battle (1)  (497) — July 16, 2003
    The Race for BLUE GOLD / Source of Life /
    Blessings / Respecting the Environment
  • 2003: Springtime of the Church  (496) — July 9, 2003
    Springtime of God / "Easter, Springtime of the World" /
    "Easter, Springtime of the Heart" / "Easter, Springtime of Jesus Christ"
  • "Building Solidly, in Love!"  (495) — July 2, 2003
    "How Great Are Your Works!" /
    Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God /
    God Is Love: Let Us Live Love! / Specialists of Love /
    Prayer and Gratitude
  • Dear Graduates, Be Peacemakers!  (494) — June 25, 2003
    "When Men Finally Live in Love..." / "There Shall Be Peace on Earth..." /
    Justice, Truth, Freedom, and Love / When Men Shall Live in Truth and Freedom... /
    Happy the Peacemakers!
  • Appointments 2003  (493) — June 18, 2003
    The Body of Christ / Diocesan Duties /
    Parish Responsibilities / Southern Victoria Deanery /
    Restigouche Deanery / Upper Madawaska Deanery /
    Grand Falls Deanery / Edmundston Deanery
  • A Tribute to Father Benoît Bossé  (492) — June 11, 2003
    Priest and Educator / Appointed by Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy /
    Man, Christian, Apostle / Parish Ministry
  • Our Church Needs Many Holy Priests  (491) — June 4, 2003
    "Here I Am!" / Shepherds Yesterday and Today /
    Our World Needs Good Shepherds / Offering and Prayer
  • Rediscovering the Wonderful Mission of the Priest (2)  (490) — May 28, 2003
    A Response to Needs / Loving Witnesses / Demanding Commitments /
    Origin of Vivifying Love / Love Your Priests!
  • Election Time: Growing as a Society!  (489) — May 21, 2003
    For a Just and Fraternal Society in Solidarity with One Another /
    Stewards of a Common Legacy / Builders of a New Society /
    The Fruits of Such a Vision
  • Rediscovering the Wonderful Mission of the Priest (1)  (488) — May 14, 2003
    Priest-Missionaries / Priest-Colonisers, Priest-Pastors /
    Priest-Educators, Priest-Chaplains / Priest-Moderators /
    Priest-Evangelizers
  • Let Us Continue to Build the Church Together!  (487) — May 7, 2003
    A Bit of History / Positive Reasons / Why I Say "Yes" /
    With Mary's Patronage!
  • New Priests... in 2010  (486) — April 30, 2003
    What Can We Do? / "Pray the Master..." /
    Finding People Who Are Apt for the Priesthood /
    Talking about It among Us / A Good Family Background
  • Finances in the Diocese of Edmundston  (485) — April 23, 2003
    Parishes in Financial Difficulty / Balanced Budget /
    Diocesan Centre / Urgent Needs
  • May You Remember Easter 2003!  (484) — April 16, 2003
    The Eucharist / An Encounter with Someone Who Talks to Us and Whom We Answer /
    An Encounter with One Who Loves Us / An Encounter of One Who Joins Us /
    An Encounter of Deep Fellowship, with Others
  • Jesus Is Full of Life! (3)  (483) — April 9, 2003
    Taking Time / A Witness to Contemplation / Contemplating Jesus /
    Cry of Pain / Very Simple Means
  • Jesus Is Full of Life! (2)  (482) — April 2, 2003
    When Jesus Decides to Pay Someone A Visit / Jesus Aids the Sick /
    Jesus Is in Constant Contact with His Father / Jesus' Last Meal /
    Our Time Now to Share the Life We Have Received
  • Jesus Is Full of Life! (1)  (481) — March 26, 2003
    Feeling Like Dancing! / Feeling Like Celebrating! / Feeling Like Loving! /
    Feeling Like Listening! / Feeling Like Welcoming!
  • "Source of Life, What Is Your Name?" (3)  (480) — March 19, 2003
    Carefully Chosen Names / More Than a Story of Names... /
    Source of Life / A Very Special Rosary /
    Creator, Almighty, Father, and Love / "Your Name Be Praised!"
  • "Source of Life, What Is Your Name?" (2)  (479) — March 12, 2003
    Life Moves in Me! / Rediscovering the Power of Life /
    Daily Violence / "Searchers after God" / Paying Attention to Life
  • "Source of Life, What Is Your Name?" (1)  (478) — March 5, 2003
    Danny and Carrie / The Wonders of Life / Traces of God /
    Taking Care of Life / Gestures of Life
  • Man and His Sins (2)  (477) — February 26, 2003
    Restraining the Tongue / Capable of Great Evil / Sweet and Bitter /
    The Whiplash / Timely Words / Truth and Love / The Search for Truth
  • Man and His Sins (1)  (476) — February 19, 2003
    Smoking or Drinking? / The Decalogue / The Gospels /
    Still Timely / Striking Considerations / Watchfulness and Reconciliation
  • An Option for Life  (475) — February 12, 2003
    Facts and Numbers / Gospel of Life / A Human Being /
    Sacred and Inviolate / Multiple Pressures /
    Moral Responsibilities / A Wish
  • Blessed Are the Lifemakers!  (474) — February 5, 2003
    Deep Yearnings / Awesome! / Going for Something More /
    Life Is Worth Living! / An Ideal to Pursue
  • Every Child Is a Gift to the World  (473) — January 29, 2003
    Fascinating Promises / A Gift to the World /
    Fragile Life and Survival / Of One Flesh /
    Mysterious and Wonderful Adventure
  • "The Poor Will Always Be with You"  (472) — January 22, 2003
    Basic Dimension of Evangelisation / Growing Poverty /
    Love and Justice / Share Your Bread / Let Mutual Love Grow!
  • News for You!  (471) — January 15, 2003
    The Marie-Jeunesse Family / Family-Based Religious Education /
    Financial Campaign Feasability Study
  • The Courage to Start Anew  (470) — January 8, 2003
    "Pour out Your Power" / Suffering, at the Heart of This Ninth Year /
    Subjects Considered / Unfulfilled Dreams / "Twenty-four Hour Service"
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