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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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History and Spirit of Faith and Sharing

The series consists of documents about the history and development of the Faith and Sharing Federation. This includes documents related to first retreats and the incorporation of the Faith and Sharing Federation as a registered charity. There is also material on the history and development of the regional groups. This includes correspondence from the regional delegates about the organization of annual retreats and meetings, 1972-1976, lists of attendees and representatives and newsletters detailing the activities of the regions. There is also a collection of annual reports for the period 1995 to 2002. There is also material on the organizational structure of the Faith and Sharing Federation and the North American Committee including a practical guide to the retreats and personal reflections on the Faith and Sharing movement by members of the North American Committee.

Retreatant Lists

File consists of the retreatant list for the following retreats:

Toronto, ON, 1968
Toronto, ON, 1969
Saskatoon, SK, 1970
Marylake, ON, 1970
Marylake, ON, Edmonton, AL, Acadia Valley, AL, Warrenville, IL, 1971
Edmonton, AL, Toronto, ON, Chestermere, AL, Orleans, ON, 1972
Naramata, BC, Chicago, Toronto, Gimli, MN, Birmingham, AL, 1973
Cleveland, OH, Vancouver, BC, Bolton, ON, Nelson, BC, 1974
Winnipeg, MN, Regis Col. Toronto, 1975
Erie, PA, 1977
Marylake, ON, 1978
Marylake, ON, 1979
London, ON, Tacoma, WA, 1982
Erie, PA, 14-19 August 1984
A program of events for the retreat in Erie is enclosed.

Correspondence and other documents related to first retreats

Files consists of correspondence and other documents related to first retreats
including:

Toronto, ON, August 1969
Ottawa, ON, November 1970
Lourdes, France, ‘Faith and Light’ Pilgrimage, April 1971
Montreal, QC, August 1971
Ottawa, ON, August 1971
Val Cartier, QC, August 1971
Edmundston, NB, 1972
Quebec, 1972
Cleveland, OH, 1972
Calgary, MB,1972
Val Morin, QC, 1972
Orleans, 1972
Marylake, ON, July – August 1972

Retreatant Lists

File consists of the retreatant lists for the following retreats:

Ottawa, Toronto, 1969
Mount-Rolland, Quebec, 1970
Ottawa, Val Morin, Val Cartier, 1971
Ottawa, Beauport, Edmundston, 1972
Montreal, 1973

Documents describing the spirit, the structure and the format of retreats

Sub-series consists of documents regarding the organisational structure of the Faith and Sharing Federation, the spirit of the Faith and Sharing movement and a guide describing the format of the Faith and Sharing retreats. The majority of the documents are in two sets of the documents, one written in French and the other in English. Only a French copy of the 2010 Faith and Sharing Organization Structure was provided at the time of donation.

Correspondence and other documents of the Regional Delegates

1972
Correspondence between Madeleine Séguin and Father Louis Raby
regarding details of retreats taking place in July and August 1972.
Includes a list of names of all Regional Delegates representing Faith
and Sharing throughout North America at that time.

1973
Documents for a meeting held at St. Joseph’s Shrine, Montreal,
2-5 February 1973. Includes agenda and list of Regional Delegates
who attended the meeting.
Correspondence from Madeleine Séguin to the Regional Delegates
re the organization of future retreats, 7 March 1973 and 9 May 1973.
Information Bulletins compiled by Madeleine Séguin, featuring news
of activities taking place in the districts, May 1973 and November 1973.
Letter to the Regional Delegates from Madeleine Séguin asking for
information to include in the next addition of the bulletin, 12 October 1973.
List of members of the North American Committee of Faith and Sharing.
Letter from Madeleine Séguin requesting for details of people who may be
interested in attending a retreat in Cleveland, Ohio between 15-17
February 1974, 23 November 1973.

1974
Documents re the retreat in Cleveland, Ohio, 15-17 February 1974.
Agenda, list of attendees, list of the regions and their representatives, list of
members of the North American Committee, list of people responsible
for the newsletter.
Typescript of a newsletter from March 1974 entitled ‘The Joy of the Risen Life’.

1975-1976
Newsletter, December 1974 – January 1975.
Letter re the newsletter, 19 February 1975
Letter from Jean-Marc Gauthier, Ottawa, to the Regions re the health of both
Father Louis Raby and Madeleine Séguin.
List of the regions and their representatives.
List of Resources Persons.
Letter re Christian Family Weekends organized by the Sharon Core Group,
1 April 1975.
Directions to the Fourth International Meeting held in Scarborough, Ontario,
4-6 April 1975. List of attendees and agenda.
Newsletter of the North American Faith and Sharing Community, April 1975.
List of dates for regional retreats and the contact details for each area.
International Faith and Sharing Bulletins for October 1975 and October 1976.
1975 includes a description by Father Bill Clarke on his time in Haiti.
Documents relating to the Fifth International Faith and Sharing Weekend
held in Edmonton, 23-25 April 1976, including travel information, proposed
schedule, mailing list and bulletin, 12 May 1976.
Typescript of a sermon entitled ‘As the Father has sent me so I send you’.
List of regional meetings taking place between May 1976 and March 1977.

Documents on the organizational structure of Faith and Sharing and a practical guide to retreats

File consists of:

1 Statement of the Grace of Faith and Sharing, July 1988
2 Preamble of essential elements of Faith and Sharing, 11 October 1981
3 Organizational Structure of Faith and Sharing, 2 July 1988
4 Organizational Structure of Faith and Sharing, 11 October 1981
5 Practical Guide for Faith and Sharing Retreats and other meetings, 1988
6 Practical Guide for Faith and Sharing Retreats, 11 October 1981

Documents on the organizational structure of Faith and Sharing and a practical guide to retreats

File consists of:

1 Statement of the Grace of Faith and Sharing, July 1988
2 Preamble of essential elements of Faith and Sharing, 11 October 1981
3 Organizational Structure of Faith and Sharing, 2 July 1988
4 Organizational Structure of Faith and Sharing, 11 October 1981
5 Practical Guide for Faith and Sharing Retreats and other meetings, 1988
6 Practical Guide for Faith and Sharing Retreats, 11 October 1981

Correspondence regarding the organization of North American annual meetings

File consists of correspondence from the Secretary of the Faith and Sharing Federation to members of the North American Committee regarding the organization of annual meetings, including agendas, expenses and minutes of meetings.

English:
July 2010 Plantagenet, Ontario
July 2011 Quebec

French:
August 2000 Montreal
August 2002 Montreal
May 2003 Ottawa
May 2005 Ottawa
May 2006 Cleveland, Ohio
July 2007 Loretteville, Quebec
May 2008 Montreal
May 2009 Pierrefonds, Quebec
July 2010 Plantagenet, Ontario
July 2011 Quebec

Region 2

File consists of annual reports for Region 2:

June 1995
February 1997
June 1998
March 1998
February, 1999
January 2000
May 2000
September 2000
April 2001
April 2002

Also included is a booklet celebrating 30 years (1971-2001) of the Faith and Sharing community based in the diocese of Quebec, featuring poems, songs and stories written by members of the community; leaflets regarding meetings for 1999-2000 and 2001-2002; statement of expenses, February 2001 to January 2002; a leaflet regarding L’Arche, Faith and Sharing and Faith and Light and handwritten notes with contact information for people within the region.

Minutes of the North American Executive Committee

File consists of minutes of meetings of the North American Executive Committee.

English:
July 2010 Plantagenet, Ontario
July 2011 Quebec

French:
February 2004 Ottawa
May 2005 Ottawa
May 2006 Cleveland, Ohio
June 2007 Quebec City
May 2008 Montreal
May 2009 Pierrefonds, Quebec
July 2010 Plantagenet, Ontario

Region 1

File consists of annual reports for Region 1, June 1995 and 1996. Also includes pamphlet for a retreat held in Plymouth, Nova Scotia, 2-5 August 2001.

Region 3

File consists of material for Region 3:

1 List of contact names, address and phone numbers for the Region, 1999
2 List of spiritual contact names, addresses and phont numbers for the Region
3 Documents relating to a prize contest won by the diocese of Gatineux-Hull. The group applied to receive the prize under the name ‘Faith and Sharing in a rural setting’. A copy of the completed application form and an article printed in Le Droit, 31 May 1999 is included.
4 History of Faith and Sharing in Sherbrooke document.
5 Leaflet with calendar of events taking place in Region 3 in 1998-1999
6 Leaflet with calendar of events taking place in Region 3 in 1999-2000
7 Leaflet with agenda for a retreat in Montreal, 24-28 July 2000
8 Leaflet with calendar of events taking place in [Region 3?] in 2001
9 Report for Region 3, June-July 1995
10 Survey addressed to newcomers and old-timers in the Faith and Sharing movement. Questions concern people’s ideas of what Faith and Sharing means to them. Includes a synthesis of the answers given to each of the questions.

Personal Reflections on Faith and Sharing Documents

File consists of documents written by members of the North American Committee on their personal reflections and experiences of Faith and Sharing including:

1)The Faith and Sharing Experience, Father Bill Clarke, 1974-75, French and English
2)Sustaining the Inner Spirit of Faith and Sharing, Father Bill Clarke, 1979, French and English
3)Letter written by Father Bill Clarke on his return from a world-wide pilgrimage, 24 March 1980, English.
4)Letter written by Father Bill Clarke following the annual meeting of the North American Committee in Autumn 1984. The letter is addressed to the Faith and Sharing community and is a statement about the continuing vision and future aims of the Faith and Sharing movement, 25 October 1982, French
5)A Convenant with Weakness, George Leach, 1978, French and English
6)A Growing Community, Marc Rioux, 1979, French and English
7)North American Committee Meeting of Faith and Sharing: A look at the end of the week and the future, Jean-Marie Cote, 1979, French
8)Foi et Partage, Gerard Desrochers, undated, French
9)The Faith and Sharing Community, Sr. Sue Mosteller, undated, English and French

Annual reports on the Regions

Sub-series consists of annual reports from Region 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7. Also includes pamphlets regarding local retreats and meetings and a booklet celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Faith and Sharing community in the Quebec region.

Region 4

File consists of material from Region 4, the Movement of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan:

1 Leaflet about The Potter’s Clay, a Christian Folk Group [1998?]
2 Leaflet regarding a retreat in Saskatoon, 7-12 August 1998

Histories of Regional Faith and Sharing Retreats

File consists of histories of:

1 Vancouver Island, BC
2 Orange County, CA
3 Oregon
4 Timmins, ON
5 Ottawa-Gatineau-Hull
6 St Augustine, FL
7 Winnipeg, MB
8 Quebec, QC
9 Rimouski, QC
10 Chicoutimi, QC
11 Sherbrooke, QC
12 St. Jean – Longueuil, QC
13 Gaspésie, QC
14 Atlantic Canada

Documents of the Secretary, North American Committee

The series consists of a copy of the original list of the Faith and Sharing Federation fonds produced by Madeleine Seguin, August 15, 1994. Also includes documents relating to the deposit of records to Archives Deschalets, Ottawa, in 1993-1994 and the donation of the records to University of St. Michael’s College in 2004.

Séguin, Madeleine

Documents of the Secretary, North American Committee

The file consists of material gathered by the secretary of the North American Committee. Included in the file:

1 Original list of the Faith and Sharing Federation fonds produced by Madeleine Seguin, August 15, 1994
2 Documents relating to the deposit of records to Archives Deschalets, Ottawa, in 1993-1994 and the donation of the records to University of St. Michael’s College in 2004
3 List of Faith and Sharing North American Committee contacts, addresses and phone numbers, 2002

Biographical documents celebrating the lives of Father Louis Raby, the Bishop of Edmundston and Father Gaston Croteau

File consists of biographical documents celebrating the lives of Father Louis Raby, the Bishop of Edmundston and Father Gaston Croteau. Included in the file:

1 Faith and Sharing circular with a quote from Mgr Lacroix, Feburary 1994
2 Faith and Sharing circular with a message from the North American Committee
3 Memorial dossier regarding Father Louis Raby containing a service program, a note from Bernard Menard, biographical information about Raby and memories about Raby from various contacts including Sue Mosteller.
4 Funeral card for Mgr Fernand Lacroix
5 January-February-March 1994 edition of Signal containing an article about Lacroix
6 French and English handwritten drafts of 'The Fear of Christ the Poor.. Let it Simmer'. Article appeared in Winter 1994, Vol. 21 No.2 of the Bulletin
7 October 1995 edition of Revue de la Société Historique du Madawaska with Msr Fernand Lacroix on the cover.

Region 7

File consists of material from Region 7:

1 Report to the Faith and Sharing NAC, Montreal, 21 February 1996
2 News from Region 7, n.d. [1996?]
3 Leaflet regarding Faith and Sharing retreats n.d. [1996?]
4 Typescript regarding 1996 annual retreat to Kilkenny, Ireland
5 Report, May 2001

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.

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

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

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