Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Great Canadian Catholic Layman: Bernard Alexander POTHIER (RIP: 1936-2016)

One of the nicest guys you will ever meet.

The pillar of his parish community.  

He always came over with a big smile to say hello after Mass and to reminisce about the old days on the Chartres Pilgrimage in the 1990s.  I looked forward to seeing him every time I entered or exited the church.   

He is a French-Canadian Catholic par excellence and patron of the Chartres Pilgrimage.

He was one guy who got it.  He understood what it meant to be Catholic in this difficult time amidst a sea of change.  

Bernard, thank you for always being so nice.  This added so much to the parish.  Everyone felt welcome.  Your greatest testament will be your fine book on the history of St. Clement's, which I discovered in a desk drawer in Vladivostok, Russia.  How fitting, now we have St. Anne's, a more fitting, permanent and lasting home. 

May your prayers lead countless more Canadian youth to participate in the annual pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres so as to be transformed forever to re-enter the world as ambassadors for Christ and the Church.


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