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Update: December 3, 2012

These photos show the progress in the construction.  There is still some scaffolding and work is going on for insulation and flooring.  The electrical and plumbing work is also ongoing.  Some painting has also begun.  Thank you to everyone for their prayers and support.

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Solidarity Meal

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On October 10, 2012, the Marie River Associates of Mont-Saint-Hilaire in Quebec organized a solidarity meal held at the House of Prayer.
Their objective was to help the Holy Family Community, an orphanage situated in Lima, Peru and to contribute to the construction of an orphanage of the Presentation of Mary in the Philippines.

The group has adopted a slogan, a phrase so dear to Marie Rivier: « Together, let us do the work of the heart. »

Everyone worked together in this project: publicity, search for sponsors, preparation of the meal, welcoming, table services-as many tasks as the group shared with joy and dedication.

During the meal, some Associates showed a PowerPoint presentation to the participants which allowed them to see the work that has been accomplished in the
Holy Family Community and the construction progress of the orphanage in the Philippines.

Cooperation and generosity blended with the joy of the occasion. In this way, a sum of $4,100 was collected in the course of the evening which will be given in full to the two projects supported by this group of Associates.

Were present at this occasion, Mrs. Anne Blanchette and Mr. Daniel Mongeau, a couple who are on the process of adopting a Filipino child.

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Baby Nino Anthony Rivier continues to grow and looks forward to living with other children.

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The cornerstone of the Orphanage was laid
and blessed on February 3rd, 2012
and since then construction is well on its way.

Dear friends of the Presentation of Mary,

In February, 2012, I wrote to the Congregation daring to call on all our friends: Associates, Consecrated Laypersons, Educators, Students, Relatives, Collaborators … to help us open an Orphanage in the Philippines. Today, 6 months later, I have the joy of thanking you for your great generosity as this Orphanage gradually becomes a reality.

We are amazed at the positive response that has come from all of you as well as the many creative ways that you have used to raise money for this project. Needless to say, your gifts towards the opening, furnishing and organization of the Orphanage certainly gladden the heart of Marie Rivier during this year where we celebrate the 30th anniversary of her Beatification, she who had such a great love for children and most especially for orphans.

The Congregation Web Site (http://www.presentationdemarie-international.org) has been reporting on the developments of the project and the amount of money received so far from donors from different parts of the Congregation. Your participation is included in this total.

In the name of all the children that will be welcomed in this Marie Rivier Home for Children, I want to once again express my gratitude as well as that of my Council and of our Sisters in the Philippines. We pray that God, who cannot be outdone in generosity, will bless and reward you in abundance.

S. Angèle Dion
Superior General

Castelgandolfo, Italy
August, 2012

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Baby Nino Anthony Rivier continues to grow and looks forward to living with other children.

on .

The cornerstone of the Orphanage was laid
and blessed on February 3rd, 2012
and since then construction is well on its way.

Dear friends of the Presentation of Mary,

In February, 2012, I wrote to the Congregation daring to call on all our friends: Associates, Consecrated Laypersons, Educators, Students, Relatives, Collaborators … to help us open an Orphanage in the Philippines. Today, 6 months later, I have the joy of thanking you for your great generosity as this Orphanage gradually becomes a reality.

We are amazed at the positive response that has come from all of you as well as the many creative ways that you have used to raise money for this project. Needless to say, your gifts towards the opening, furnishing and organization of the Orphanage certainly gladden the heart of Marie Rivier during this year where we celebrate the 30th anniversary of her Beatification, she who had such a great love for children and most especially for orphans.

The Congregation Web Site (http://www.presentationdemarie-international.org) has been reporting on the developments of the project and the amount of money received so far from donors from different parts of the Congregation. Your participation is included in this total.

In the name of all the children that will be welcomed in this Marie Rivier Home for Children, I want to once again express my gratitude as well as that of my Council and of our Sisters in the Philippines. We pray that God, who cannot be outdone in generosity, will bless and reward you in abundance.

S. Angèle Dion
Superior General

Castelgandolfo, Italy
August, 2012

Presentation of Mary Academy Hudson, NH USA The gifts of the students for the Solidarity Project

Project: Proposed Mother Rivier Home for Children (A Residential Facility for Children aged 0-6)

Location: PM Sisters, Seminary Road, Catalunan Grande, Davao City
Owner:    Sisters of the Presentation of Mary – Philippine Province
Prepared By Sr. Echel Marie B Gorgonio,pm - Architect 7060

EXCERPTS FROM MARIE RIVIER’S LETTER TO SISTER ADÉLAÏDE ON THE SUBJECT OF ORPHANS

Bourg-Saint-Andéol, February 2 1824

My very dear daughter,

You have perhaps seen in my room, my dear daughter, Saint Vincent de Paul with a sister of Charity kneeling beside him, holding in her arms a poor little child that had been found. He tenderly recommends this child to her care and blesses her as well as the child.  This is your likeness, my dear daughter. Our Lord looks upon you with kindness as the adoptive mother of these poor children that he has created and redeemed with his blood.  Your work is infinitely great and noble in the eyes of God; even the angels would envy it.  They surround you and look at you with kindness when you serve these innocent little ones. 
As for me, I rejoice that our good God has taken one of my daughters to take care of these little abandoned children.  Therefore, be at peace with this holy work. It is a blessing for your soul.
I embrace you tenderly, my dear daughter, and I love you with all my heart.
Your good mother Mary Rivier