Beatification of Elisabeth Turgeon

A week of celebrations has been organized, including the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a musical concert and a youth event. Thousands are expected for the celebrations. Viewing sites for the Mass of Beatification, using giant screens, will be set up in the basement of the Church as well as at the motherhouse of the Congregation to accommodate those who are unable to obtain seating inside the Church.

The principal charism of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary (in French, the Les Sœurs de Notre-Dame du Saint-Rosaire) is Christian education, including catechetics, pastoral work, and ministry with children, youth and their parents. In addition to their presence in the Archdiocese of Rimouski and the Diocese of Gaspé, as well as elsewhere in Quebec, the Sisters have served on the Lower North Shore and in Newfoundland and Labrador (1972-1998) as well as Maine. They have done missionary work in Haiti (1970), the Dominican Republic (1974), and Africa (1970 -1993), and continue to have missions in Honduras, Peru, Guatemala and Nicaragua. They are now also in Lebanon.

This Beatification is a significant moment for the Church in Canada, not only as part of the Year of Consecrated Life, but also as one more reminder of how all the baptized are called to evangelize today, finding inspiration for proclaiming the Good News in the missionary examples of earlier generations of Canadians.

An outline of the life and spirituality of Elisabeth Turgeon has been posted on the CCCB website as part of the special series to mark the Year of Consecrated Life.