This is an excerpt from a rather lengthy article that traces some of the blessings that Sr. Yvette Demers, SP, and Vice Postulator for the cause of Emilie Gamelin, has seen over the years. She begins her article in 2001 talking about new vocations, the evolution of the Associate Movement, an International Formation meeting, and a congregational retreat. This is the last part of her article which shares latest blessings.
“2015 – June 25 to July 8. Meeting on initial formation in Montreal
Thirty-four participants including Sisters in initial formation, members of the formation team, provincial superiors, and three members of the General Leadership Team gathered to delve into the hopes for religious life today. During this meeting, various activities and experiences enhanced community religious life. Leadership skills were deepened. Most of the Sisters in initial formation and members of the formation team had opportunities to facilitate the flow of discussions, lead prayers, or group activity. The presence of the Provincial Superiors throughout the meeting was a testimony of fraternal support and deep listening.
2021- Renown for the holiness of Blessed Emilie Tavernier-Gamelin.
Since the beatification of our foundress (October 7, 2001), we have noticed that her reputation for holiness is growing day by day. The requests for intercession and the accounts of favors obtained are clear proof of this. These testimonies come from various places: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Haiti, Hong Kong, Reunion Island, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, Togo, United States, etc.
In addition, between the years 2001 and 2021, the number of requests for favors that arrived at the Office of the Cause amounted to 27,922 notes deposited in the container near the Tomb, in addition to 2209 letters of requests for favors. Yes, Mother Gamelin is more and more known and prayed to… The latest means of mass communication, such as the Internet, allows people to find the desired information and the contact details to reach us; this is a blessing of the new technology!
I am aware that this list of “blessings” received over the years is incomplete. Each one of us could add the “graces” and the attentions that Providence has granted us, even sometimes, without our realizing it… Let us enjoy the end of this jubilee year to give thanks, to bless heaven, and to redouble our fervor in the service of such a good Master! The Lord has done great things for us and holy is his name!”
Barbara McMullen, CDP