Father Clement Thibodeau: Remembered for his cultural contributions

Father Clement Thibodeau

A well spoken advocate for Maine’s Franco-American and the Acadian cultures, Father Clement Thibodeau, was 85 at the time of his death. Unfortunately, the circumstances that caused Father Thibodeau’s death remains unknown. His disappearance July 15, 2017, called for Diocesan prayers and formal searches, until the September 30, discovery of his death was reported in […]

Franco-American nursing history

History of St. Mary's Health System

Two important Franco-American contributions to Maine’s nursing history are documented, during National Nurses Week. The national and annual recognition of nurses coincides with Mother’s Day, and also with the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). In fact, Nightingale raised the Victorian era’s public awareness about the importance of nursing education, […]

World Acadian Congress 2019

Acadian wreath

Que les célébrations commencent! Thanks to the outreach of social networking, I was able to catch up with what’s happening for the 2019 celebrations. Congrès mondial acadien 2019 Promotional Tour in Louisiana and New England! As a matter of fact, I’ve followed the growth of the Acadien Congresses since the late 1990’s, during the beginning […]

My travel hobby – Discovering French culture

The Cathedral

A visit to North Carolina to stay with friends for a few days confirmed, once again, how French culture is often surprisingly evident, wherever we happen to travel. Recently, we were hosted by our friends the Dubays at their lovely North Carolina home. Don Dubay is a Lewiston, Maine native and his wife Gail is […]

An artistic and religious history of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston Maine

Its spires are a majestic Lewiston focal point that are visible from miles away. Undeniably, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is a magnificent architectural achievement, both inside and out. Moreover, the Basilica’s impressive structure is a tribute to the people who built and have supported it in the Androscoggin County communities where the […]

Franco-American cookbooks

Marcel Bienvenu

Les livres de cuisine franco-américains Cookbooks contain more than recipes. They often describe a lot about cultures. Over the years, I’ve collected more than a few culinary books especially focused on French and Franco-American cuisines. Therefore, an article shared with me by a writer for a Louisiana newspaper gave me reason to pull out a […]

Maine Music Society ~ Mozart live concert at the Gendron Franco Center

The Maine Music Society Mozart March 25 2018

LEWISTON, Maine – A perfect classical and spiritually appropriate Holy Week experience at the Gendron Franco Center, on Cedar Street in Lewiston, on March 25, was an experience to remember, with the Maine Music Society. Attending a Mozart concert is always a wonderful experience; but to experience The Vespers (Vesperae Solennes de Dominica) and Requiem, […]

Sanford-Springvale Historical Society ~ Humble Heroes

Walter L'Heureux with George Roberts in Australia 1944

SPRINGVALE, Me – Although thousands of Franco-American families sent their sons off to the military during World War II, very few sent five brothers, who fought on the Two Fronts of the War, in Europe and in the Pacific. In Springvale, I was invited to speak about one family. Albert and Blanche L’Heureux of Sanford […]

St. Louis High School in Biddeford ~ a gifted teacher is remembered

Mount Kilimanjaro

It is with great sadness that our L’Heureux family mourns the loss of Roger Armand L’Heureux, my brother-in-law, who died on February 5, 2018, in Melrose, MA, with his family at his side. The alumni of St. Louis High School in Biddeford knew him as Brother Gilbert. He died after a declining illness with Myasthenia […]

Le Mois de la Francophonie – March events

Le Mois de la Francophonie in Boston

Bonjour French Cultural Center in Boston with Mitch Thomas and Jacynthe Jacques. It was an honor to be among colleagues who were invited to celebrate the launching of Le Mois de la Francohonie, at a well attended event hosted by the French Cultural Center of Boston. Leading the welcome for the approximately 120 attendees were […]