Canada National Saint Kateri Shrine

Pastor's Corner

(temporary pastor from January 8 to June 30, 2023)
Born in Montreal in 1948. Grew up on “Le Plateau Mont-Royal” where he attended primary school in Saint Stanisla de Koska. Classical college with the Jesuits in Saint Ignace de Rosemont. Left the Society of Jesus novitiate in 1967 and worked in the computer field until 1971. He joined the federal public service in the fall of 1971 and held various operational and management positions with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration until his retirement in 2005. He joined the Canadian Forces Reserves in 1965 during his university years and had a career parallel to his civilian career. He served in the ranks and was eventually promoted to chief warrant officer of the Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal regiment in 1980. He came out of the ranks in 1989 and became captain. He was then assigned as a Public Affairs Officer at National Defense Headquarters, reporting to the Deputy Minister, Directorate General of Public Affairs. In this capacity, he served in various operations and deployments, including the Balkans twice, the Golan Heights, Southwest Asia and Africa. After a long discernment with his wife, he was ordained permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Montreal in 2001. His wife died on December 22, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. He was called to the presbyterium by Bishop Gendron and ordained a priest on May 22, 2015. Appointed pastor of the cathedral and the parish of Saint John the Evangelist, he sits there until August 2022. Father Saint Louis has two sons (Benoît, Mathieu) and four grandchildren (Samuel, Éloïse, Félix-Antoine, Camille).
Fr. Michel Meunier, M. Afr.

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Over the years, I have experienced several departures. Some were easy, some were not.

Some departures were happy, others more painful, like the death of my wife, that of my departure from the cathedral and finally like the one that I will experience when I leave the community of Saint Francis Xavier. An old French song says that "to leave is to die a little...". This is how I feel on the eve of my departure from the Mission. It's not so much the length of time that counts for me, but rather the idea of leaving a community that I love. And a community is full of people I've bonded with. That's why I don't want to say goodbye to you, but rather goodbye. And above all a warm thank you for your welcome, your friendship, your smiles and your resilience that I am not ready to forget. God bless you !