From the Bishop's Office
News of the Missionary Priests
For the past three weeks, Father Anthony and Father Hansel have been in pastoral and cultural integration on the Lamèque and Miscou Islands. In addition to being accompanied by the islands' Christian communities and their pastor, two couples, including Mrs. Jackie Plourde and her husband, make them discover the region through outings to restaurants, movies, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Their international French courses given by the Université de Moncton, Shippagan campus, have also begun. A lady helps them with reading and pronunciation around 2 hours a week. Every day, they celebrate masses and visit families. Various other social events fill their day. The Fathers also passed the first degree of the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus Council of the Islands is pleased to support them and they are thrilled with their presence. Father Emard is also happy to support them and to introduce them to Francophone liturgical rituals. We are hopeful that in a few weeks their French will have greatly improved.
New religious community
We will soon be welcoming more missionaries. The Palavra Vica community will arrive at the end of April and will be residing in the rectory in Bas-Caraquet. Their mission will be to continue the animation and celebrations at the Sainte-Anne du Bocage Shrine and also to promote youth ministry. In order to better welcome them, a small support committee will be set up. But even before that, the preparation of their reception is underway : cleaning and painting, etc. We still need certain items to complete their reception properly at the rectory. If you have bedroom, living room or kitchen furniture, kitchenware (utensils, dishes, pots, tablecloths, etc.) and bedding sets you wish to give, please send an email to Father Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will arrage to have the items picked up. Thank you !
Death of Father David Boudreau
We inform you of the death of Father David Boudreau, Capucin, which occured last wednesday at the the age of 97. Brother David had ministerded in Moncton from 1962 to 1969 as director of students at the Séminaire Saint-Antoine, and then in Bathurst from 1969 to 1982 in different roles (preacher, guardian and teacher of the novices). He was a great representative of the Acadian region within the Capucin community. Let us unite in prayer with the Capucin community. The wake will be on Thursday, March 28 at the Chapelle de La Réparation (3650 de La Rousselière, Montréal) starting at 4pm. His funeral service will be held at the same place on Friday, March 29 at 11am.
News of our priests
Father Leo Lanteigne passed away surrounded by his family at his residence (Foyez chez Joanne) in Pointe-Verte,on Sunday, March 24, at the age of 88.
During his many years of ministry in our Diocese, he occupied such roles as vicar in Grande-Anse, Shippagan, Petit-Rocher and Atholville and then he served as pastor in Miscou, Lagacéville, Eel River Crossing, Petit-Rocher, Alcida, Pointe-Verte and Balmoral. He then retired from active ministry, but remained ready to assist various parishes by lending assisting to the pastors. He was also chaplain for the Guides Catholiques du Canada restigouche district.
For those who knew him and wish to pay him a last hommage may do so at the Saint-Polycarpe church in Petit-Rocher on Tuesday, March 26 from 12 noon to 9pm and Wednesday, March 27 from 12 noon until the funeral service which will be held at 4pm.