to Saint Anne

Pastoral theme 2016: “Father comes in haste to you”

The Novena is held from July 17 to 25. It concludes with the Feastday of Saint Anne on July 26. It is the most important time of the year at the Shrine.


Preacher of the French Novena

 Gerald Dionne was born in New Brunswick and had sixteen brothers and sisters. He completed his classical studies at the Redemptorist College in Moncton, NB.

Gerald was a missionary in Latin America. There, he worked as a musician, carpenter, and teacher among the local youth.

He was ordained a priest for the Montreal diocese in 1990, and is now pastor at a parish in Laval that serves many young multiethnic families.

For the past four years, he has been organizing pilgrimages to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, with the support of the Knights of Columbus. He believes that we are called to rediscover different forms of popular piety in order to draw ourselves closer to God and to better live our Christian faith.  

Preacher of the English Novena

Fr. David Purcell C.Ss.R. was born in Edmonton, Alberta.  He completed a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1978.  As his faith grew deeper and became more of a focus in his life, he joined the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) in 1980. 

He experienced a strong call to serve as a priest and completed his Master of Divinity in 1983.  He was ordained to the priesthood in Edmonton, Alberta, in June of 1984.  He served in parish ministry in Western Canada.  He was also asked to join a team of Redemptorists and laity who provided faith based counselling services in Edmonton, Alberta.  He obtained a Master of Pastoral Counselling and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology.  For the last few years, he has been one of the co-ordinators for the vocation ministry of the Redemptorists across Canada.

Since his days studying in engineering, Fr. David has always loved to share his own faith stories with others and to facilitate the sharing of faith among people, through retreats, parish programs, the charismatic renewal, other renewal programs and preached events. 

He hopes to place his various experiences and skills at the service of the pilgrims who are drawn together by Saint Anne.  He hopes that together, we can follow St. Thomas by touching the risen Lord, and thus be led into the all-embracing mercy of God.


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