Invaluable support for pastoral studies
In 1992, Marie-Louise Moreau left the church she attended every day and realized something troubling: she’d been so absorbed by work, her mind so occupied by obligations, that she now didn’t remember a single moment of the mass she had just heard.
She felt a very strong need to rekindle her faith. Since she had just had her 50th birthday, she decided to give herself a precious gift. She would return to school in pastoral studies for a full year.
She began looking for a place for these studies, and very soon, the Pastoral Institute caught her attention. She immediately felt at home there, and went on to spend the best year of her life there.
At the end of her studies, she felt what she had gained was so precious that she wanted to keep the link and give back to the institution that changed her life. She made a first donation of $500 to the Dominican Pastoral Institute in 1993, and has repeated the gesture every year since.
In 2003, Father Guy Lespinay, then the Institute’s administrative secretary, proposed that they launch a yearly scholarship with her donation. Marie-Louise agreed to it on the spot. She was just as quick with her answer when asked what the bursary should be called: Elisabeth-Moreau.
The scholarship is named after her sister, Elisabeth, who passed away in 2004, at a too-young age, after battling a long degenerative disease. Elisabeth dedicated much of her life to helping children with chronic illnesses at Ste. Justine Hospital. Paradoxically, school had been a great challenge for this loving woman, who was never able to complete higher studies.
When asked why she created the scholarship, Marie-Louise replied,“Out of love. Out of love for this one-of-a-kind institution and love for my sister.” In 2016, we are celebrating Marie-Louise Moreau’s 24th annual donation.This year, her brother Pierre is also contributing, bringing the scholarship to a total of $2000.
Ms. Moreau, Mr. Moreau, on behalf of the Foundation and the scholarship recipients at the Pastoral Institute, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!