The Communication Office of Émilie-Gamelin Province
(Quebec and Eastern United States, Haiti, Egypt and Cameroon)
By Micheline Larche, SP, and Thérèse Drainville, SP
Life circulates in the Province, it grows and spreads. In its way, the Communication Office helps unite the members of Émilie-Gamelin Province, as well it collaborates in opening the Community to its surrounding society.
The mandate given to the Communication Office on May 5, 2014 was to update our Province website, to feed the Héritage d’Émilie virtual community and to publish a provincial newsletter. In short, these mandate components aimed to boost the flow of information within the Province. We wanted to make known the departments and the commitments of each sister, whether she works alone or in a group, in a remote area or close to major centers.
These requests led to an awakening of interest in the work of our companions. First upon invitation, then spontaneously later, several Sisters of Providence prepared articles describing their respective ministries; others described major steps in their life. Some have also shared a positive experience in their ministry. The positive comments generated by the articles touched the readers and inspired others to share.
Redesigning the Émilie-Gamelin Province’s web strategy enabled us to refresh and deepen our knowledge of the history and values of the Community. This motivated us to talk about Emilie, her devotion to Providence and Our Mother of Sorrows that are the foundation of our Congregation.
We have developed the Héritage d’Émilie virtual community, where we are not the only moderators. We also relay all news of the Church that is linked to the Mission of the Congregation. This said, the prayers to Emilie Gamelin are always the most popular posts.
Our presence was requested in public activities related to Emilie. These events put us in contact with Emilie’s friends, with those she loved. When we are invited to share on a more general topic, we take the opportunity to recall the core values of our Congregation, the same values that have supported the work of Emilie since its beginning.
We also answer communications sent by individuals requesting information or wishing to establish or re-establish contact with the Sisters of Providence. Information requests are various, ranging from demands for sign language training to offers of volunteering with the elderly. We distribute the queries depending on the acknowledged skills among our sisters.
We believe, like Pope Francis, that it is important to have a presence on social networks, especially Facebook and Twitter, on which sisters participate in posting.
In a nutshell, our ministry is to connect Emilie’s daughters among themselves and with the world, in order to highlight how the Sisters of Providence live and practice the values of humility, simplicity, charity, and compassion in our changing world.