The Secretariat of the Shrine is the link between pilgrims, group organizers, tour operators, benefactors and other departments at the Shrine.
What to do
At the doors of Old Quebec, the Côte-de-Beaupré reveals its rich landscapes alongside the St. Lawrence River, Montmorency Falls at Mont-Sainte-Anne, and on to Cap Tourmente.
Come live the Novena and the Feast Day of Saint Anne from July 17 to 26...
Paintings, mosaics, stained glass windows, stone and wooden sculptures reveal the extraordinary beauty and history of the Shrine, and the important role that it continues to play in the faith of the people.Learn more
Historically speaking, we know very little about Saint Anne. The Bible says nothing about her, whereas other writings that circulated in the early Church speak about her at great length.Learn more
The Annals of Saint Anne
Educate “To Be”
Nowadays, training courses are the in-thing. Therefore, we can be educated and trained in so many different specialties. All we have to do is sign up and pay the registration fee. High schools, colleges and universities all contribute to educating, but many experts in all types of fields are launching “training sessions.” The goal of all this is to be more knowledgeable. But what are we trained for? Is it a training of performance and productivity? Are we learning so that we can accumulate diplomas to hang on our wall? Does all this education make us “better people” or give us an advantage for a career? Will it make us happier?
Educating “To Be”
When I hear the verb “to educate,” my memories bring me back to those years when I taught high school in Northern Ontario. Though they were hectic given that I was also working in a parish and coordinating diocesan youth ministry, they were exciting and continually challenging times. I enjoyed watching teenagers discover new abilities, understand new concepts and come to new insights. Being an educator is truly a rewarding vocation. Reading the Gospels, we discover how much of Jesus’ mission was involved with education. Those who followed Him called Him “teacher” or “master” and they understood themselves to be His disciples, a fancy word to say “students.” Even the crowds who were attracted to Him because of His miracles were astonished at His teaching, its freshness, its power and its relevance. The gospel writer Mark notes, “They were astounded at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Mk 1:22)