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Ignace Bourget Diocesan Medal of Merit

The Bishop Ignace Bourget Diocesan Medal of Merit takes its name after Montreal’s second Bishop (1840-1876), who was a generous and heroic witness of faith, charity and social commitment. His legacy is still heard of today. As a result, this price underlines the involvement of individuals and groups in the mission of the Church at the Archdiocese of Montreal over many years. Nominee proposals come from parishes, priests and Archdiocese staff members. The nominees are carefully chosen by a committee. The medal of merit is awarded usually during the patronal feast day of the Diocese or at another relevant date. In addition, the nominees are chosen according to their involvement and, very often, to the theme of the year.

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Here are this year’s winners:

2019

Ceremony on January 11, 2020:

- Mrs. Jennie Parsons-Armstrong (faith education in St. Monica’s Parish)
- Mrs. Anna Diodati-Nolin (faith education in St. Monica’s Parish)
- Sr. Annette Boisvert, c.n.d. (Œuvre des Tabernacles)
- Mrs. Lise Jacques (Œuvre des Tabernacles)
- Mrs. Irma Hernandez (catechist and faith educator in Saint-Roch Parish)
- Mrs. Terezinha Barbossa-Laberge (catechist and person in charge of catechism in Saint-Roch Parish)
- Mrs. Julie Proulx (volunteer, parish and Saint-Vincent de Paul to Bx-François-de-Montmorency-Laval Parish)
- Mrs. Gérald Proulx (volunteer, parish and Saint-Vincent de Paul to Bx-François-de-Montmorency-Laval Parish)

Ceremony on January 14, 2020:

- Mrs. Reine Tremblay-Martel (volunteer since 1969, liturgy, offers services, Saint-Gilbert Parish)
- Mr.André Dubé (volunteer since 1986, offers services, helps the poor, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Parish)
- Mr.Raymond Labbé (volunteer since 1990, maintenance, Saint-Pierre-Claver Parish)

Ceremony on January 15, 2020:

- Sr. Mariette Desrochers, m.c.r. (volunteer, coordinator, Partage Saint-Maxime; social ministry)
- Laurent Vermette (volunteer at the Service d’entraide Sainte-Béatrice, Sainte-Béatrice Parish, helps the poor)

 

Here are previous years’ winners:

2018

Ceremony on September 14, 2018:

- Mrs. Julie Waters (volunteer at the Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family)
- Mrs. Micheline Marsan (pastoral agent at Sainte-Rose-de-Lima Parish)
- Divine Mercy of Montreal (spreading St. Faustine Kowalska’s spirituality, the apostle of mercy)
- Mr. Joseph Nguyên Tuung Lam (three volunteers at the Saints-Martyrs-du-Vietnam Mission)
- Mrs. Thérèse Quuyh Chi Truong
- Mrs. Claire Thi Tuong Nguyên
- Savio Movement (pastoral life at Saints-Martyrs-du-Vietnam Mission)

 

2017

Ceremony on May 31, 2017:

- The Montreal Historical Society (historical society founded by Jacques Viger, first mayor of Montreal)
- The Society of Jesus (community involved since the earliest days of Montreal)
- The Congregation of Notre-Dame (community involved since the earliest days of Montreal)
- The Sulpician Fathers (community involved since the earliest days of Montreal)
- The Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph (community involved since the earliest days of Montreal)
- The Chinese Catholic Mission (Mission in operation since 1904; offers services and a school)

 

2015 (on the Patronal Feast Day)

- The Carmelite Sisters of Montreal
- The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
- The Brothers of Charity
- The Sisters of St. Anne
- The Institut Notre-Dame de Vie
- The Sisters of Charity of Saint Mary
- Mrs. Marthe Duhamel
- Father Jean-Yves Garneau, s.s.s.
- Sister Donata Palmieri, s.i.
- Sister Dorothy Maher, c.n.d.

 

2013 (on the Patronal Feast Day)

- Sister Madeleine Saint-Michel, r.h.s.j.
- Loyola High School
- The Brothers of the Christian Schools
- The Brothers of Saint Gabriel