Each spring, it is with great Easter joy that I write to you, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, who are generous supporters of our mission: to proclaim God's love. The Annual Collection, once again, is asking for your prayers and for your support.

Founded on May 17, 1642, Montreal's 375th anniversary offers us an opportunity to revisit our roots and our history, with its rich legacy of prayer, community life and social concern. 

We remember Jérôme Le Royer, a man of faith, a husband and father, who began this God-inspired undertaking.  We also remember Jeanne Mance and Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the two young lay people who founded Ville-Marie, brimming with faith and missionary zeal, and who co-operated with a great mystical force.

We look back on this heroic past and give thanks to the Lord for our city's history and for the journey of faith that continues to this very day. 

Indeed, the city of Montreal has become a great metropolis, an auspicious place for cultures to meet, where respect for the diversity of beliefs and religions is fostered. It is also recognized for its economic vitality and a cultural wealth that is unique in North America.

This anniversary is a special opportunity to highlight the spiritual dimension of our city's origins and its history. It is also a favourable time to reconnect with the missionary and spiritual drive, with the communal ideals and social concern that motivated these men and women.

Finally, it is a time of thanksgiving for bringing together the People of God who reside in Montreal with the living and ever-present strength that comes from the Joy of the Gospel. 

May God bless you and may his Love and Truth shine upon you.

+ Christian Lépine
Archbishop of Montreal


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