Sister Eugénie Lacoursière (1883-1950) and Mgr. François-Xavier Lacoursière (1885-1970)

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 It is with joy and a sense of pride that I am sharing with you a recent discovery that I made about my family background. I share the same family three than Mgr. François-Xavier Lacoursière who was a White Father and a Bishop in Uganda. Our common ancestor is Paul Bertrand dit Saint Arnaud who came to “Nouvelle-France”, nowadays Québec, around 1690. The mother of Mgr. Lacoursière is Emma Saint-Arnaud, 5th generation from the ancestor while I am of the 10th generation. Moreover, the sister of Mgr. Lacoursière, Eugénie, 2 years older than him, became a White Sister. She is the one who influenced the decision of Father Voillard, General Superior, who appointed François-Xavier to Uganda instead of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) in 1913.
François-Xavier Lacoursière was born on the 26th January 1885 at Batiscan. He is the son of Louis-Philippe Lacoursière and Emma Saint-Arnaud. He died on the 15th March 1970.
My thanks go to the Chief Editor of the magazine La Missive, André St-Arnaud, who authorised me to share with you the articles published in the winter edition of the magazine, volume 8, number 2. The documents are written in French-Canadian.

Eugénie Lacoursière        Mgr François-Xavier Lacoursière

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Missionary Oath of Remi Nyengere Ziffa, Malawian, in Kinshasa

Remi Nyengere Ziffa 001Congratulations!
On behalf of the SAP I want to convey our congratulations at your pronouncement of the perpetual Missionary Oath on 3rd May 2013.
We are indeed very proud of you and will walk with you towards your ordination to the deaconate in the coming months.
You are welcome to the club of missionary in our little Society. I trust that you will find joy and fulfillment in this vocation.
All the best and God bless.
Christopher Chileshe, SAP Provincial
 UPDATES: Diaconate ordination to take place on Sunday the 19th May 2013.

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Ministry of acolyte in Merrivale, South Africa

Serge Boroto Ziharirwa, Congolese, Douglas Ogato Moumanyi, Kenyan, and Tomasz Podrazik, Polish, received the ministry of acolyte on Saturday the 4th May in our formation house in Merrivale. The Emeritus Bishop of Bethlehem Diocese, Hubert Bucher, officiated the liturgical celebration which was followed by a small but joyful feast.

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Interview with Lisa Schirch

Lisa SchirchLisa shares with us her wisdom on the peacebuilding field. She experiences it as an art. On this regard she develops three key concepts: design, improvisation and healing. She talks about the challenge of working as a peacebuilder within the US Military. She is witnessing the inner enslavement of many soldiers, she says:  “I think the recent news that more US soldiers died from suicide than in battle in the last year is evidence that there is a lot of internal wrestling going on with people in the military. And they have been asked to do things that go against the human nature and what people are taught; and when you are asked to do something that goes against your human nature it is very hard to live with yourself.”

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