Men and women, who from the beginning have used their expertise and
insights to collaborate with the
mission and charism of the M.S.A.
The collaboration between the M.S.A. and lay men
and women is an important aspect of the original vision of Fr. Ménard.
"In our Society an important place is given to Mr. Hector Durand,
co-founder of the Works of the Holy Apostles." (Const. M.S.A., Art.
In 1970, three laymen, M. Roch Ste-Marie, M. Leo
Laporte and M. Gerard Gauthier obtained a Federal Charter for the
Pere-Eusebe-Menard Foundation. They thus brought to a head the
preparation undertaken by Mrs. Rita Beaulieu, M. Gerard Chamberland,
Fathers Marcel Paquette and Roger Ouimet, at the suggestion of
Father Eusebe Menard.
The immediate aim of this foundation, defined in
the charter, is to come to the help, by all means available,
especially of charitable, humanitarian and religious works that the
Works of the Holy Apostles or the Society of the Missionaries of the
Holy Apostles are undertaking in the Third World, with the exclusion
of developed countries.
The Pere-Eusebe-Menard Foundation has three
campaign subscriptions a year directed at its benefactors by means
of its newsletter MISSION-ACTION and two others by means of its
Besides humanitarian and evangelical works to which
the Foundation brings its support, it also administers a Relief Fund
for the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles in order to help them in
case of illness and to assure them a suitable retirement.
THE SISTERS consecrated women,
working in Quebec and Peru, adding the feminine dimension to the
charism and mission of our apostolic works.
"The Sisters, from thee very start of the Word of
the Holy Apostles, worked with Fr. Menard. Since 1946, many members
of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of St. Francis lent their
domestic help in the administration of St. Pascual Baylon's
Apostolic School. These Religious are aided by some women laity; one
of them, Miss Laurette Toupin, then professor at Montreal
University, was to become Sister Marie, the first Superior of new
"Slowly but surely, other women, young and old,
showed the same interest and offered to consecrate their lives for
this priestly work, and especially for "late" vocations.
"The met under Father Menard's direction, first
with the Third Order Franciscans, and later in the Society of the
Sisters of the Holy Apostles.
"The Society has as its goal, to promote priestly
and religious vocations in the Church. To accomplish this, the
Society lends its female touch to the Holy Apostle Fathers in the
education of the aspirants to the priesthood; in the retreat houses,
they participate in spiritual and liturgical animation; they word
with different parish groups and, finally, help to give the Church
apostles by encouraging dialogue with young women; this is done
through seminars on the mission of women, their role in the Church,
and particularly in religious life.
THE PRIESTS AND BROTHERS of the
M.S.A. Community, dedicated "to promote, form and accompany youths
and adults in their vocation to the priesthood and to other
ministries in the Church" (M.SA. Constitution Art. 1).
The Spirituality of the Holy
Our spirituality finds its origin in Jesus. We
recognize Him as Son of God and especially as :
- the Pastor who gathers his people within the
great family of God's children;
- the Prophet who announces the Kingdom of God
and rejects personal and social sin;
- the Priest who reconciles the world with his
Father and sanctifies the Church.
It is centered on the Eucharist, the Priesthood
and the Word of God.
Our models and our patrons are the Apostles and
the Virgin Mary.
Our motto "United in the Lord Jesus" manifests
our desire to proclaim that all human beings are called to become
children of the same Father and to love one another as brothers and
To know more, please read :
Paul Longpré, Eusebe-Henri Menard,
a true son of Francis, Fides,
Montreal, 2000 (reprint 2003), 108 pages
Spiritual Testament of Father Eusebe-Henri Menard, Missionaries of
the Holy Apostles, Montreal, 2006, 92 pages.
The revolution of love, Father-Eusebe-Menard Foundation, Montreal,
1985, 80 pages.
Prayer of the M.S.A. for Vocations.
Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus said unto us :
"the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few; pray therefore
the Master of the harvest to send workers to his harvest." Full of
confidence, we pray according to the desire of His Heart.
Give each Christian the awareness of his
responsibility as citizen of the Kingdom and living stone of Your
Choose among Your People apostolic workers,
priests, deacons, religious, committed laypersons, so that the Good
News may be proclaimed among all Nations and that Your Mercy be made
known to all our brothers and sisters. Amen.
Prayer to the obtain a favor through the
intercession of Father Menard.
Father who calls us to follow Jesus, we bless You
for the work accomplished by your servant Father Eusebe Menard. You
chose him to give numerous apostles to your Church. Confirm the
holiness of this messenger of your Word by granting us the favor we
May we work, through his intercession and the
power of the Holy Spirit, towards the awakening of vocations and the
formation of ministers in the Church and for the world. We ask this
of You, God of Love, for ever and ever. Amen.
For all favors obtained, please write to the
Secretary General of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles : 8594
Berri St., Montreal, Qc, H2P 2G4 Canada.