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For a constellation of holiness

We invite you to read an article in the Catholic Church of Montreal's Infolettre by journalist Brigitte Bédard, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Marie Anne Blondin.

The article is in French only.




15th anniversary of Mother Marie Anne's beatification


April 29, 2016, marks the 15th anniversary of Mother Marie Anne’s beatification. Activities took plsce in all the provinces to commemorate this important event.


A new postulator in the Cause of Blessed Marie Anne Blondin has been appointed in Rome: Father Thomas Klosterkamp, O.M.I.




Beatifications: "Help us to walk the path of holiness"

April 29, 2001 John Paul II's Homily and Regina Caeli

Catholic Church Editorial

Pape Jean-Paul II

Speaking of Mother Blondin, the Pope said in French at the Regina Caeli prayer: Marie Anne Blondin, foundress of the Sisters of St Anne, is a model of a life given to love and inspired by Christ's death and resurrection. This young Canadian country woman proposed to her Bishop the foundation of a religious congregation for the education of poor children in rural areas, to overcome illiteracy. With a spirit of abandonment in Providence whose ways she blessed, she would humbly accept the Church's decisions and until her death did menial tasks for her sisters' good. Trials would never lessen her great love for Christ and for the Church, nor her concern to form true teachers of youth. The model of a humble and hidden life, Marie Anne Blondin drew her inner strength from contemplation of the Cross, showing us that a life of closeness to Christ is the surest way to bear fruit mysteriously and to accomplish the mission willed by God. May her example awaken in the religious of her Institute and in many young women an inclination to serve God and others, particularly youth, to whom it is important to offer the means for an authentic spiritual, moral and intellectual development!

"Dear Sisters of Saint Anne, and all you Canadian pilgrims who have come to participate in the beatification of Marie Anne Blondin, I cordially greet you. May the face of the new Blessed light you on your spiritual walk as you follow Christ, making you, like her, available to the calls of the Holy Spirit!";



Standing Up for the Planet

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On Sunday, November 29, the Sisters of Saint Anne and the Coordinator of the Social Justice Office were among the 25,000 people assembled for the climate march in Ottawa. As you can see in the photo, they proudly carried a tree with 125 names of SSA, associates and friends. The symbol of the tree, inspired by our Foundress, was meant to show that they were calling world leaders to sign an ambitious and binding agreement on the climate.



Sustainable development: The 17 goals

On September 25, 2015, the United Nations adopted a new development program consisting of 17 goals. All countries, institutions and peoples will be working toward these goals for the 2030 horizon. From 2012 to 2015, we took part in United Nations discussions and surveys and sent feedback to contribute to defining the kind of world we want and the new agenda for development with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2015-2030. The SSA Social Justice Network has integrated this sustainable development program into its 2015-2016 direction.




5 June : World Environment Day

"World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries."

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8 June : World Oceans Day

" Why do we celebrate World Oceans Day?

  • To remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.
  • To inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.
  • To develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean.
  • To mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
  • To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean. "

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50 Years in Chile

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In 2015, the Sisters of Saint Anne recently celebrated 50 years of ministry in Chile. Two celebrations were held: one on November 4, 2015, in Antofagasta and the other in Santiago on November 7. Sisters of Saint Anne, associates, family and friends all got together to mark this important chapter in the history of the Church in Latin America.



The Sisters of Saint Anne and Collège Esther-Blondin Educational and Historical Centre

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After 95 years, the Sisters of Saint Anne Historical Centre, which had been located inside Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine since 1979, closed its doors to the public on October 31, 2014.

Collège Esther-Blondin, located in St-Jacques de Moncalm, wanting to preserve its past and that of the religious order that founded it, decided to recover certain items, some of which had belonged to the Congregation when it was founded in Vaudreuil, Quebec, as well as some that dated from the first years of Collège Esther-Blondin, then a school of home economics.

This new space will highlight the heritage of both the College and the Sisters of Saint Anne at the same time as it enriches the educational and historical mission of the College, located in Saint-Jacques, Quebec.

The SSA Educational and Historical Centre at Collège Esther-Blondin will host a permanent exhibition with a number of heritage and religious objects and items related to education which relate the history of the Sisters of Saint Anne, who arrived in Saint-Jacques in 1853. Future generations will have access to part of the legacy of the Sisters of Saint Anne, who have been in the region for almost 160 years.


Year of Mercy

 “No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to it, and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one. … Jesus gazes on us with so much love! With so much love, he heals our sinful hearts! Let us not forget that God forgives all, and that God always forgives.” Pope Francis

The Year of Mercy began on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will end in November 2016.

Here are the logo and the motto for the Year of Mercy, presented at a Vatican press conference in May.

The work of Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik, the logo represents the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul. Christ’s eyes are merged with those of man. The Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity in a profound way and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. The motto for the Jubilee Year, Merciful Like the Father, serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure.

For more information and for resources for prayer and reflection, click here.




The Message of Marie Anne Blondin” newsletter is now online. There you can read the Word from the Editor and the article “It’s snowing mercy!”, an expression coined by the author to emphasize the quiet nature of mercy and the sense of wonder we feel when we see mercy in action. The newsletter also presents many grateful testimonies for favours received from people who believe in the powerful intercession of Blessed Marie Anne Blondin. The newsletter is published twice a year. To read the Message online, click here. If you would like to receive a paper copy, please let us know by writing us at


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Visits to the Tomb of
Blessed Marie Anne Blondin


Visits to the tomb of Blessed Marie Anne Blondin take place in an atmosphere of quiet reflection for individuals and small groups. For larger groups of visitors, we can organize a visit to the tomb and the chapel as well as a talk on our foundress. Depending on your interests and our availability, we will make every effort to meet your expectations. Appointments can be made by calling SisterChristine Mailloux at 514-637-3783, ext. 297.



50 Years Serving Women Religious Around the World: Jubilee of the UISG, 1965-2015

The founding of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) was approved by the Council fathers on December 8, 1965, the last day of the Second Vatican Council. The UISG’s jubilee celebrations began December 12, 2015, with a Solemn Eucharist in Rome, marking this important day for women religious. It is an opportunity to give thanks for the blessings of these past 50 years and for the courage of the leaders to set out on a new journey of renewal in response to the needs of our time, said Sister Patricia Murray IBVM, UISG Executive Secretary.


The UISG launched a new website in February. Click on the link to go to the website. There you will find a variety of timely and interesting articles. You will also have access to other organizations and areas of interests.



Prayer Requests

The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne regularly receives your prayer intentions, which are placed at the foot of Blessed Marie Anne Blondin’s tomb.
Everyone who comes to the tomb prays for your intentions. Please send us your prayer requests by clicking on the link.






Donations for Haiti


A note from Mother Marie Anne

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Prayer Corner

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Prayer to obtain a favour through the intercession of Blessed Marie Anne Blondin


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Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne