October 2016

From 2016-10-31 to 2016-11-30

Internet and MIC

A Treasure Trove


As Le Précurseur (1920) and the MIC Mission News (English version, 1923) are approaching their centennial, we at the MIC Missionary Press decided to become citizens of the modern world and cultivate an online presence. The Virtual Center of the MIC Historical Missionary Memory was created with the goal of sharing our precious Canadian heritage with the scientific community and the public at large.

The history of the MIC Missionary Press is an integral part of Délia Tétreault’s dream. Foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, Délia hoped the magazines would reach every Christian home in Quebec where faith was deeply rooted and where mission awareness was welcomed. Many men and women became priests and religious missionaries after reading our publications. Inspired by our outreach abroad, our intercultural experiences, and becoming more aware of the growing need to spread the Good News throughout the world, those young adults responded to the Call.

For nearly one hundred years, the MIC Sisters have enthusiastically headed the publication. Some have promoted the magazine by going door-to-door, a necessary part of every young missionary’s formation back then. Others have travelled thousands of kilometers to endorse the magazine, visiting cities and towns in Quebec, Ontario, and even the United States. The Sisters have worked passionately and admirably on every aspect of the magazine, from drafting and layout to printing and shipping. With time, collaborators and lay employees assumed some responsibilities working closely with the MIC personnel.

In the 1950s, the magazines’ circulation reached more than 172,000 copies. Is there anyone in Quebec who isn’t familiar with Le Précurseur or its English counterpart, the MIC Mission News? For this reason, among others, the MIC publications are considered part of our “Canadian heritage”. They are a true treasure trove of information for students, historians, and anyone interested in our history.

Our decision to launch the Virtual Center was inspired by one of Délia Tétreault’s original goals, first established in the early 20th century—to share the values and lived experiences

of the mission’s pioneers. Through virtual communication, we hope to ensure the sustainability of our mission and our continued involvement in making the world a better place in the spirit of the magazines’ leitmotiv: To sow joy and hope. A legacy for today and tomorrow!

From 2016-10-15 to 2016-10-23

From 2016-10-07 to 2016-10-30


The Church is essentially a missionary extension of God’s mercy. For us who believe in Jesus Christ, our mission is to be the signs of God’s presence and closeness with all people in today’s world. What we receive during the Year of Mercy, we must share with our brothers and sisters so they too may experience God’s love and tenderness, through comfort, forgiveness and hope.

 A few days after his election to St. Peter’s pulpit, Pope Francis assured that mercy changes everything: “feeling mercy changes everything. This is the best thing that we can feel: it changes the world. A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just. We need to properly understand this mercy of God, this merciful Father who is so patient....” (Angelus, March 17, 2013). Moreover, in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father developed his thoughts on “mercy”. It appears like a chorus that must be repeated together and offered to the world. Along with Pope Francis, we acknowledge that Canadian society and in particular the Church, has a “great need of mercy today, and it is important that the lay faithful experience it and bring it into different social environments. Move forward! We are living in the age of mercy; this is the age of mercy.” (Angelus, January 11, 2015)