This year’s St. Joseph’s Award recipients: Sisters of Sainte-Chrétienne Bernadette Gautreau and Jeannette Berger and Oblate Father Joseph Baril.
Three outstanding missionaries received Catholic Missions In Canada’s
SISTER BERNADETTE GAUTREAU, S.S.CH.
As a postulant, Sister Bernadette Gautreau, S.S.Ch., dreamed of becoming a missionary. In 1962, although not professed and with little teacher training, she was asked to teach at
Her first teaching assignment in 1962 was to 23 children in Grades 1 and 2. In 1965, she moved to John D’Or Prairie Reserve first as a teacher, and later, as pastoral minister.
Since 1982, Sister Bernadette has stewarded the enculturation of native traditions— religious beliefs, rites and rituals—in worship at
SISTER JEANNETTE BERGER, S.S.CH.
Sister Jeannette Berger, S.S.Ch., came to Peace River, one of two teaching Sisters who made the arduous trip to
From 1960 to 1972, Sister Jeannette taught in
FATHER JOSEPH BARIL, O.M.I.
Oblate Father Joseph Baril has been a missionary for more than 57 years.
In his 2004 autobiography, My Aurora Borealis: A Travelling Missionary for a Church built of Living Stones, Father Joe recounted how his youthful yearning to serve the Lord led him to joining the missionary order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
Father Joe began his Northern missionary work in 1952: first, living among the Cree of James Bay of Northern Ontario, and within the next 25 years, among the Inuit of Northern Quebec.
Since 1976, he has served as a travelling priest to isolated villages, a ministry he still does to the present, although he “officially” retired in 2009.