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Monday, 22 June 2015 14:14
Over the year Catholic Missions in Canada and its benefactors have been very generous towards our Archdiocese of Keewatin-The Pas and its many missions.  Last year, CMIC played a key role in the renovation of the rectory in Brochet, Manitoba.  

The mission of Brochet, which was also known as Lac Caribou, was founded in the late nineteenth century and is situated about 500 kms northwest of the city of Thompson, Manitoba.  The Catholic community, whose patron saint is St. Peter, has had a long and fascinating history with its triumphs and tragedies which have formed the character of its people.  The  diocese is especially fortunate that the   history of this mission has been preserved in photos from its foundation over 100 years ago.  The present rectory which was built in 1952 replaced a log structure built by Brother Urbain Drouin, OMI.   Brother Drouin arrived in Brochet as a 19 year old teenager and as a newly vowed Oblate in 1912 and remained there until his death in 1964.  

As the Vicar General, I have had the privilege of serving the community during the high liturgical seasons of Easter and Christmas.   Fr. Joji Chandamala, who is the present pastor, lives in Wollaston, SK and serves a number of fly-in communities which includes Brochet.  He is always very grateful for all the help he can get as he serves the needs of the Catholic population of that area.

It is through generous benefactors such as John and Marie Di Poce and in conjunction with the Catholic Missions in Canada that the spiritual needs of this community will continue to flourish.   As a permanent sign of their gift a white stone plaque will be placed within the church reminding the local people that as a faith community we are not alone on our journey towards Christ.

Fr. Robert Laroche, OMI
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