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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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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.

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.

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 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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