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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Faith and Sharing Federation fonds
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Faith and Sharing Federation fonds

  • CA ON00389 F5
  • Fonds
  • 1968-2012

The fonds consists of administrative, organizational, summary and financial records relating to the Faith and Sharing Federation. The records range in date from 1968 to 2012. The fonds is composed of eight series:

  1. History and Spirit of Faith and Sharing
  2. Documents of the Secretary, North American Committee
  3. Correspondence of the North American Committee
  4. Documents related to participation in the Canadian Conference of Catholic Lay Associations
  5. Faith and Sharing Bulletins
  6. Financial Files
  7. Sound recordings of Retreats
  8. Secondary resources collected by Madeleine Sguin, Secretary of the North American Committee, related to Jean Vanier

The majority of the records are textual however, as indicated, the fonds includes almost 200 recordings of retreats, including many talks by founder Jean Vanier.

Faith and Sharing Federation

Correspondence of the North American Committee

The series consists of correspondence related to the organization of meetings of the North American Committee and the organizational structure for the North American Committee. Also includes letters of invitation to Bishops in the regions of North America to join the Committee and their replies, as well as letters on financial matters including requests for donations from the Faith and Sharing communities.

The correspondence of the North American Committee starts in 1979 and not in 1972. The North American Committee was formed in 1972 but it was not until 1978 when the Executive Committee was formed that there was visible leadership in the Faith & Sharing Federation. In the series entitled ‘Correspondence of the Regional Delegates’ there are documents which list the members of the North American Committee dating from 1973. However in a letter from December 1978 in the series ‘Documents related to the North American Annual Meetings', there is a list of the members of the North American Committee and a plan to form the Executive Committee in order to meet the expressed need for visible leadership. This suggests that up until that date the North American Committee did not have a visible leadership. This also explains why there was a limited amount of correspondence kept by the Secretary of the North American Committee up until that date.

The correspondence from 1999 to 2001 which appears in the original list produced by Séguin is not available in the archive and may have been kept by the Faith & Sharing Federation.

Articles related to Jean Vanier’s work

File consists of articles and newspaper clippings from Canadian newspapers on Jean Vanier and his work. Includes 3 photographs of Jean Vanier, one from 7 February 1973 and two undated; a photograph of Jean Vanier's mother, Madame Pauline Vanier; 3 photographs taken at a L' Arche community, undated; and 2 copies of the May 1973 edition of Pastoral-Quebec titled Une Esperance? with Jean Vanier on the cover.

Séguin, Madeleine

Documents related to Jean Vanier’s work

File consists of:

  1. Copy of a letter from Madeleine Séguin to the Royal Bank, Montreal submitting Jean Vanier as a candidate for a medal or prize of $50,000 to pay for the annual conferences of Faith and Sharing, February 1972. Included is a description of Jean Vanier’s work to date.

  2. Report of a visit to the House of Jonquière near Chicoutimi, written by Gisèle Renaud and Madeleine Séguin, February 1973.

  3. Reflections of my visit to the House of Commons by Father Michael Legault, January 1973.

Séguin, Madeleine

Journal documenting a retreat in Sherbrooke

File consists of a journal documenting a retreat in Sherbrooke in August 1985. The journal contains letters written by attendees at the retreat concerning their thoughts on the retreat and Jean Vanier. Compiled by Rachel & Janvier Caron.

Séguin, Madeleine

Letters written by Jean Vanier about his work with L’Arche communities

File consists of correspondence and monographs written by Jean Vanier on his trips to L'Arche communities in India, Haiti, Honduras, Toronto and France. The letters are bundled by year and include correspondence written in or about the following locations:

1972: Calcutta, Quebec
1973: Canada, Bangalore
1974: United States, Canada
1975: Brasil, Bangalore, Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras
1976: India, Côte d’Ivoire, Paris
1977: Calcutta, France, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso
1979: India

Séguin, Madeleine

Secondary resources collected by Madeleine Séguin, Secretary of the North American Committee, related to Jean Vanier

The series consists of monographs (in the form of letters) written by Jean Vanier regarding his work with L' Arche 1972-1979, correspondence regarding the financing of Faith and Sharing retreats 1972, and articles and newspaper clippings from Canadian newspapers on Jean Vanier and his work with the Faith and Sharing Federation 1972-1974.

Séguin, Madeleine

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins from 2006 to 2008.

Included are French and English copies from:

April 2006 - Vol. 32 No. 2
October 2006 - Vol. 33 No. 1
April 2007 - Vol. 33 No. 2
October 2007 - Vol. 34 No. 1
April 2008 - Vol. 34 No. 2
October 2008 - Vol. 35 No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins from 2009 to 2012.

Included are French and English copies from:

April 2009 - Vol. 35 No. 2
October 2009 - Vol. 36 No. 1
April 2010 - Vol. 36 No. 2
October 2010 - Vol. 37 No. 1
April 2011 - Vol. 37 No. 2
October 2011 - Vol. 38 No. 1
April 2012

Financial Files

Series consists of annual and monthly financial reports of Faith and Sharing (later the Faith and Sharing Federation), including statements of income and expenditure, and income tax reports.

Faith and Sharing Bulletin

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1996 to 2003 and October 2005.

Included are French and English copies from:

October 1996
April 1997 - Vol. 23 No. 2
October 1997 - Vol. 24 No. 1
April 1998 - Vol. 24 No. 2
October 1998 - Vol. 25 No. 1
April 1999 - Vol. 25 No. 2
October 1999 - Vol. 26 No. 1
April 2000 - Vol. 26 No. 2
October 2000 - Vol. 27 No. 1
April 2001 - Vol. 27 No. 2
October 2001 - Vol. 28 No. 1
April 2002 - Vol. 28 No. 2
April 2003 - Vol. 29 No. 2
October 2003 - Vol. 30 No. 1
October 2005 - Vol. 32 No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1994.

Included are French and English copies from:

Winter 1994 - Vol. 21 No. 2
Spring-Summer 1994 - Vol. 21 No. 3
Fall 1994 - Vol. 22 No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins from 2003 to 2005.

Included are French and English copies from:

October 2003 - Vol. 30 No. 1
April 2004 - Vol. 30 No. 2
October 2004 - Vol. 31 No. 1
April 2005 - Vol. 31 No. 2
October 2005 - Vol. 32 No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1987.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1987 - Vol. 14
May 1987 - Vol. 14
October 1987 - Vol. 15
December 1987 - Vol. 15

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1991.

Included are French and English copies from:

Winter 1991 - Vol. 18 No. 2
Spring-Summer 1991 - Vol. 18 No. 3
Fall 1991 - Vol. 19 No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1993.

Included are French and English copies from:

Winter 1993 - Vol. 20 No. 2
Spring-Summer 1993 - Vol. 20 No. 3
Fall 1993 - Vol. 21 no. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1990.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1990 - Vol. 17 No. 3
May 1990 - Vol. 17 No. 4
Fall 1990 - Vol. 18. No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1992.

Included are French and English copies from:

Winter 1992 - Vol. 19 No. 2
Spring-Summer 1993 - Vol. 19 No. 3
Fall 1992 - Vol. 20 No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1988.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1988 - Vol. 15 No. 3
May 1988 - Vol 15. No. 4
October 1988 - Vol. 16 No. 1
December 1988 - Vol. 16 No. 2

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1989.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1989 - Vol. 16 No. 3
May 1989 - Vol. 16 No. 4
October 1989 - Vol. 17 No. 1
December 1989 - Vol. 17 No. 2

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1980.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1980 - Vol. 8
March 1980 - Vol. 8
June 1980 - Vol. 9
October 1980
December 1980

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1985.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1985 - Vol. 12
May 1985 - Vol. 12
October 1985 - Vol. 13
December 1985 - Vol. 13

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1982.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1982 - Vol. 10
April 1982 - Vol. 10
October 1982 - Special edition
October 1982
December 1982

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1984.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1984 - Vol. 11
May 1984 - Vol. 11
October 1984 - Vol. 12
December 1984 - Vol. 12

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1981.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1981 - Vol. 9
May 1981 - Vol. 9
August 1981 - Special edition
October 1981 - Vol. 10
December 1981 - Vol. 10

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1986.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1986 - Vol. 13
May 1986 - Vol. 13
October 1986 - Vol. 14
December 1986 - Vol. 14

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1979.

Included are French and English copies from:

January 1979 - Vol. 7
March 1979 - Vol. 7
May 1979 - Vol. 7
August 1979 - Vol. 7
October 1979 - Vol. 7
December 1979 - Vol. 7

Documents related to the structure of the Association

The file consists of:

  1. Charter of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Lay Associations (in French).
  2. Bulletins for the years 1990, 1991 and 1992.
  3. Proposed expenses for the year 1992-1993.
  4. Letters regarding meetings of the General Assembly and the Finance Committee and their structure.
  5. Flyer for a conference entitled ‘The Future of Humanity Passes through the Family’ 1991.
  6. Agendas for meetings, balance sheets, budgets, updates on developments, orientation questionnaire.

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The series consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for the years 1977 to 2012. The bulletins generally contain a short letter of introduction by the Secretary and the Co-ordinator of the Faith and Sharing Federation, agendas for retreats and lists of participants. After 1979 the newsletters contain the minutes of meetings for the Executive Committee. The bulletin often features letters written by attendees of the retreats regarding their experiences, regional news items and copies of letters written by Jean Vanier and other members of the Faith and Sharing Federation regarding their experiences and reflections on the work of the Faith and Sharing Federation and the L'Arche communities. Also included in the series are reports of accounting balance sheets for the bulletins for the years 1997 to 2011.

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for the years 1977 and 1978.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1977 - Vol. 5
April 1977
May 1977
October 1977
December 1977

January 1978 - Vol. 6 No. 4
March 1978 - No. 5
October 1978 - No. 1
December 1978

Correspondence to Faith and Sharing leaders

File consists of:

  1. Letter to Faith and Sharing Leaders regarding the North American Committee meeting held May 2-4 in Montreal dated July 18, 2008
  2. Letter to Faith and Sharing Leaders regarding a donation to L'Arche Haiti dated January 24, 2010

Correspondence inviting Bishops to join Faith and Sharing, financial matters and the deposit of the Faith and Sharing archives

File consists of:

  1. Letter of invitation to Bishops from the regions to join the North American Committee of Faith and Sharing and their replies.
  2. Letters from the regions to the Committee regarding their ideas on the structure of the North American Committee.
  3. Correspondence regarding financial matters including details of an account set up by the Guardian Angels Church with Conference Services at the University of Guelph used for Faith and Sharing’s 25th anniversary celebrations, including a banking book for an account with the Royal Bank and a letter from Margaret Johnston to the Committee explaining an error which occurred on the account.
  4. Letter from Richard Alway, President of the University of St. Michael’s College, to Marilyn Moore re the Faith and Sharing Archives, 16 October 2002.

Documents related to participation in the Canadian Conference of Catholic Lay Associations

The series consists of documents collected by Madeleine Seguin related to Faith and Sharing's membership in the Canadian Conference of Catholic Lay Associations. The records include reports, memos and agendas regarding meetings, bulletins and other news updates, and a copy of the Charter of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Lay Associations written in French.

Correspondence regarding the 20th anniversary of Faith and Sharing and choosing the new Co-ordinator

File consists of:

  1. Correspondence regarding the arrangement of meetings of the North American Committee and the 20th anniversary celebrations.
  2. Letters from Jim O’Donnell to members of the committee expressing his gratitude for their work and commitment to Faith and Sharing.
  3. Letters from Faith and Sharing communities and L’Arche groups requesting help and donations.
  4. Letters re the process of choosing the new Co-ordinator.
  5. Letter from Faith and Sharing in the UK, 28 September 1980.
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