• Our actual commitments

A beautiful house (the arts)

Since 1855, art is mentioned in the history of the Congregation only two years after the foundation. The first members especially, Mother of the Assumption, possessed gifts related to the arts.
At that time, the arts were not necessarily favored by ecclesiastical authorities especially where the education of young women was concerned. According to the desires of Bishop Lafleche, it was not necessary “ to give much time to such concerns ”: that is to say instrumental and choral music.
In mentioning awards at that time there were already allusions to drawing, watercolors and painting. Occasionally there was mention of theatre designs according to the customs of the times.
An attraction to fibers such as silk or wool appeared in lace spindles and in embroidery (cushions, vestments) as well as in polished wax moldings (fruit baskets and flowers arrangements.)

Program of activities for the 150th of our foundation p. 5

Four SASV artists reflect upon their creations

Jeanne Vanasse

Quebec, Canada
Diocese of Nicolet

photographer- Gilles Rioux

Principally known through cinematic media, at first sight, the Biblical book of the Apocalypse seems frightening. Yves Saout personifying John of Patmos reassures us in his book, “I did not write the Apocalypse to frighten you!” From the thirty tableaus that I created from 2010 to 2013 I have kept four, three of which are the most disturbing. However God comforts us as soon as we behold them.

A voice cries out “ Come ”. The first white horse advances. “Conquering breath of life, gentleness, purity. He leaves to conquer, AND TO VANQUISH AGAIN...” We must remember this when we watch the other horses galloping toward us.

RED HORSE: “as people kill themselves” GREEN HORSE: as scales become falsified, corrupt, measures of grain vanish; three measures of barley disappear. BLACK HORSE: The rider is named death and hell follows.

Words and evil are familiar to us. Has nothing changed? In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, God rejoices in his creation. God affirms that creation is good. The earth, all that moves within and beneath the waters and in the heavens, woman and man reflect goodness. God finds them indeed very good.

What have we done to creation? Today in what do we anchor our hope? Revelation (the Apocalypse) of Jesus Christ changes everything. The new heaven and new earth belong to humanity and it is our task to transfigure all in all.



Jeannine Durocher

Quebec, Canada
Diocese of Nicolet

Amongst my creations as an artist I choose to present to you this copper enamel entitled: “A Day of Joy”. One morning inspired by emotion and passion a fire arose within me and ignited my creativity. Already this creation was taking shape. Already feasting inhabited my heart. This day was the birthday of a good friend. A new growth was being born and growing within. This type of creative process identifies my work as an artist of copper enamel.

Initially, to place color on a piece of copper and then to superimpose and juxtapose and often to graft before submitting it to the fires, the work becomes my partner or my rival but always in a relationship of complementarity. Each firing and each removal from the furnace produces mystery and magic. “Day of Joy” became created and formed and will be offered as a token of my friendship to my friend.

I have consecrated my life as an educator to the arts, which have for me a deep capacity to humanize another.

To educate, to inform, to spread, to value and to leave traces of beauty, briefly, this summarizes my mission as an SASV artist.

Celine Lahaye

Quebec, Canada
Diocese of Nicolet

Detail of a ceramic mural made of six titles (12x12). Genesis is the theme of this mural and this title in particular is named “Creation of Woman.”

The chosen medium is of semi-sandstone (fired by reduction)

“Within time and space
I mold signs of life...

Having passed through the fire
Praise inhabits the « psalms » of my hands.

Through a stroke of inspiration
I enter into the act of creation itself
And I render clay warm and living”.

Therese Gaulin

Quebec, Canada
Diocese of Amos

This watercolor (9x12) realized on Arches paper is entitled “Come and Rest”. Seasons and the changing colors of nature are for me sources of inspiration and creativity. The artistic act requires a climate of silence so as to be able to listen to my deepest feelings and to allow me spontaneity with the brushstrokes. So my technique becomes a game. Watercolor is my preferred medium. The tones of color as they meet the water create a unity with the subject. It is not about painting what one sees but painting what one lives, a personal response. This process permits me to enter each time into the creative adventure of the present moment.

It is good not to say everything, letting the white spaces on the paper reveal light and contrasting colors. Each watercolor, whatever the theme, becomes a challenge, an interior movement, a release or letting go.

Memorial monument

A memorial monument erected on the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in Abitibi-Temiscamingue -see photo below

A team of SASV's created this monument: Sisters Gertrude Crete, Jeannine Durocher
and Therese Marcoux. Mr. Blanchette S.A.M.N built the structure.

Therese Marcoux
Jeannine Durocher

Symbolism of this creation

Two SASV witness to their commitment as musicians

Therese Potvin

Alberta, Canada
Archdiocese of Edmonton

I am a retired SASV educator. I live presently at Providence Renewal Center where a section is reserved for religious needing long-term care. In spite of my fragile health I offer a discrete witness by my loving and attentive presence to residents as well as health care workers.

I remain involved in the Association of Via Musica of Alberta, Canada, which I will present to you in an abbreviated fashion. I have dedicated my life to music education as all levels from kindergarten to university. Thanks to my Congregation and surrounded by competent advisors I was able to create a music program approved by the Albertan minister of education. Today that program stretches across other provinces and many countries.

Throughout the years I have been inspired by one objective, to democratize music education and formation. To arrive at this goal, it is necessary to rely on a universal instrument, not costly and available to everyone: the human voice. Through a happy and providential coincidence I became acquainted with the Kodaly approach in Hungary where I studied. Returning with the necessary credentials, I invested myself heart and soul in forming others to conceive and appropriate this pedagogical method. The series, Via Musica, comprises (ten progressive collections of audio visuals, CD's and DVD's). These didactic instruments (for students and teachers) explore Francophone folklore that sheds light on our identity as Franco-Albertans. Students experience within this program: development of the whole person and renewed self esteem through song and games, rounds, counting rhymes, dances and mimes.

A day comes when this flame must be passed on... In 2012 the Via Musica Association of Alberta foresaw this reality. A foundation has been established to assure the legacy of this unique work that we fondly call VIA MUSICA.

For more information click on the following key words: viamusica.ca Therese Potvin, Kodaly, Chantamis.

Liette Diamond

Quebec, Canada
Trois Rivieres
Diocese of Trois Rivieres

To sing and to empower others to sing is for me a pathway to freedom, to amazement and to self-confidence. I invest myself in this mission happily and with energy. In accepting to be director of Chanteclair Choir, I am firmly convinced, that I am living the charism of our Congregation. For 14 years now, I have joy within this commitment and I enthusiastically invest the musical competencies that I deepened while in Japan for twenty years. I have been told that my attraction to excellence and beauty and my unconditional respect for the choristers is colored by the oriental culture. I share this testimony of one chorister:

“The challenge of directing a choral group comprised of almost one hundred members goes far beyond the actual musical performance. It is Liette's entire being that has allowed Chanteclair to become an environment where it is good and pleasant to be, to move, to be immersed in, while at the same time finding great joy in going further than what limits us.” Marcel LaFrance fic