Friday, March 9, 2012

Sainte Françoise Romaine - Canadian Catholic Youth Ministry Network Meets in Ottawa

Sainte Françoise Romaine, Pénitente romaine (+ 1440)

A treize ans, parce qu'elle était de bonne noblesse romaine, elle dut épouser Lorenzo de Ponziani. Ils formèrent un ménage parfait, amoureux et paisible.

Pour le public, elle était une merveilleuse maîtresse de maison et une grande dame dans ses réceptions.

Mais elle réservait à Dieu ses conversations les plus longues, dans le petit oratoire au fond de son jardin.

Elle acceptait avec une joie paisible les charges d'épouse et de mère de famille. Devenue veuve, elle se retira dans la petite congrégation des Oblates de saint Benoît qu'elle venait de fonder pour les dames romaines qui voulaient s'adonner à la prière et aux bonnes œuvres.

Elle mourut chez elle en soignant son fils malade.

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Some twenty-plus diocesan and eparchial youth ministry directors from across the country have been meeting in Ottawa the past few days.  Yesterday, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith (also President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) and I sat down to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the evangelization and engagement in Church life of Catholic youth: a lively exchange.

Some more photos from the gabfest:

The sessions will be extended to a wider audience this evening at 7 o'clock at the Marriott Hotel (Queen and Kent Streets) for the official opening to local youth and their leaders.  Then, everyone will transfer to St. Patrick's Basilica for a service of prayer and Eucharistic adoration with the theme "Be Still and Know I Am God".

Other sessions on Saturday and Sunday include presentations by Archbishop Smith on "The New Evangelization" [Saturday at 9:15am] and by Gatineau Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher on Living the Word of God [Sunday at 9am]. Info:

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Grant your people, O Lord, we pray, health of mind and body, that by constancy of good deeds they may always merit the defence of your protection. Through Christ our Lord.


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