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Mère Elisabeth Bruyère

Mother Élisabeth Bruyère, Venerable

Mother Élisabeth Bruyère Declared Venerable by Pope Francis

The Archdiocese of Ottawa and the Sisters of Charity rejoice this morning upon hearing the announcement from the Vatican that Mother Elisabeth Bruyère, founder of the Sisters of Charity of Bytown (now Ottawa) has been declared Venerable, a first step toward a possible canonization in the future.

Archbishop Prendergast, expresses his joy at learning of this good news and takes this opportunity to remind us of the great contribution Mother Bruyère and members of her congregation have exercised in our city and our diocese since their very foundation. "Mother Bruyère and the Sisters of Charity initiated and founded several of the charitable institutions that continue to be very present and active in our community, especially in health and education. Mother Bruyère's ministry, her life of prayer and heartfelt devotion towards helping the neediest, reflect God's love for us all. May Mother Bruyère continue to guide her fellow Sisters and sustain them in their efforts as they continue to cater to the needs of the people of Ottawa, the members of our Christian communities and our Archdiocese. This wonderful announcement is another good reason to proclaim a joyful Alleluia in these days of Easter."


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An inner flame pushed me to action, a fire drawn from the compassion of Jesus’ heart.
Élisabeth Bruyère
From the cloud there came a voice which said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favor. Listen to him."
Mt. 17:5
Sing like no one is listening, love like you never been hurt, dance like no one is watching and live like it is heaven on earth.
Mark Twain