Superiors and Leaders

Agnes Campbell (Sister Saint Ann Carmelita)

Agnes Campbell (Sister Saint Ann Carmelita)
Congregation Leader from 2016 to today

Agnes Campbell was born in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She was the third child in a family of ten. During her elementary and high school education at Holy Redeemer (Whitney Pier) and Holy Angels (Sydney), most of her teachers were sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame. Other CND influences in her life were her two aunts who were also members of the Congregation, Sister Saint Aurelius (Catherine Ann MacDonald) and Sister Saint Agnes of the Redeemer (Theresa MacDonald).

After graduating from high school, she attended Xavier Junior College in Sydney and completed her first year of University studies. Sister Agnes made her profession in 1960 and then attended Saint Francis Xavier University where she obtained her teacher’s license. From 1961 to 1996, she worked as a teacher and/or administrator in the Nova Scotia school system. During that period she served part time for four years on the Council of Saint Joseph Province and also obtained her Bachelor of Education degree from Saint Francis Xavier University. For six years she worked full time in youth ministry as a member of a parish pastoral team. After a year of study at Saint Paul’s University in Ottawa she received a diploma in Theology.

In 1996 she retired from teaching and attended McGill University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 1997. That same year she was elected associate to the provincial leader of Saint Joseph Province and served for four years. In 2001, she was elected councillor for the newly formed Visitation Province and served until 2005. In 2006, she became the local leader of Holy Redeemer Convent until 2011 when she was elected to the General Administration. In August 2016, she was elected Congregation leader.
 


The members of the General Council of the Congregation

The members of the General Council of the Congregation, Montreal, Quebec, 1874. Archives Congrégation de Notre-Dame - Montréal.

Gabrielle Massicotte (Sister Sainte-Héléna-du-Sacré-Cœur)

Gabrielle Massicotte (Sister Sainte-Héléna-du-Sacré-Cœur)
Superior general from 1964 to 1970

Gabrielle Massicotte, named sœur Sainte-Héléna-du-Sacré-Cœur, was born on October 27, 1913 in Neuville and died June 30, 1990 in Montreal. From 1920, she studied at the Académie Saint-Paul with her older sister, and then attended the Collège Marguerite-Bourgeoys before entering the novitiate in 1936. She pronounced her vows in 1938 and her first mission was to the Collège Notre-Dame-de-Bellevue in Quebec where she taught for eleven years. She occupied administrative positions, such as, Novice Mistress, Directress of the Juniorate, Local Superior, Assistant to the Superior General and Congregation Secretary before being elected Superior General in 1964 for one six-year term. Her term in office took place when the Church was being challenged in the Province of Quebec; it was the time of the Révolution tranquille (the Quiet Revolution) and of deep educational reforms. Normal schools, domestic science schools, and boarding schools closed, while classical institutions were transformed. It was also during her term in office, in 1970, that the Congregation decided to establish a mission in Africa. Once her term in office ended, she established the Solitude Notre-Dame-des-Bois and for seventeen years contributed to the spiritual élan of the house, for six years as Local Superior.


Marguerite Ouellet (Sister Sainte-Marguerite-des-Vertus)

Marguerite Ouellet (Sister Sainte-Marguerite-des-Vertus)
Superior general from 1970 to 1974

Marguerite Ouellet, named sœur Sainte-Marguerite-des-Vertus, was born in Montreal on July 12, 1912 and died there on July 12, 1995. She studied at the convent school of the Congregation in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. She entered the postulatory on August 26, 1932, but had to interrupt her vocation formation because of illness. In 1942, she returned to the novitiate and pronounced her vows on August 19, 1943. She began a career in teaching that lasted 25 years, 21 of which were in universities. During the last 12 of those years, she occupied Directorships in domestic science schools, like the one affiliated with the University of Ottawa, which she founded and directed from 1956. In 1970, she was elected Superior General of the Congregation for a four-year term. Her term in office took place when the educational system was being reformed and she contributed to the future of the private educational institutions of the Congregation. After her term in office, her active life continued for another 20 years. She participated in such activities as pastoral ministries in Montreal and in France.


Louise Côté (Sister Sainte-Marie-Claire-des-Anges)

Louise Côté (Sister Sainte-Marie-Claire-des-Anges)
Superior general from 1974 to 1984

Louise Côté, named Sainte-Marie-Claire-des-Anges was born in Windsor (Quebec). She attended Notre-Dame school in her home town and then the Normal School in Sherbrooke. She entered the novitiate in Montreal and pronounced her vows in 1950. With a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy and a Degree in Literature and Language, she taught at the secondary school level in the boarding schools of the Congregation as well as Rhetoric at the Collège Marguerite-Bourgeoys. She contributed to the research process in view of the organization of the ministries of the Congregation. In 1967, she travelled on mission to Honduras for several months. In 1970, she was elected Councillor and General Bursar, before becoming Superior General four years later. During her term in office, which lasted until 1984, Marguerite Bourgeoys was canonized (1982) and a mission was founded in Troyes, France, the birthplace of Marguerite Bourgeoys (1981). Sister Louise Côté was also President of the Canadian Religious Conference and Councillor for French Canada of the International Union of Superiors General. From 1985 to 1990, she was Secretary General at the International Union of Superiors General in Rome. Back in Canada, she was Superior of the Missionnaires de la prière et de la pénitence from 1990 to 1992, as mandated by the Archbishop of Gatineau-Hull. She then spent four years at the Solitude Notre-Dame-des-Bois. In 1996, she was transferred to France, first in Estissac, then in Méry-sur-Seine and in Troyes. Since 1999, she is the Episcopal Delegate for Consecrated Life, Directress of the Diocesan Council on Religious Life and member of the Episcopal Council.


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