The Christian Family: Witnessing to Hope in Today's World

Monday, 29 November 1999
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DR-CHRISTINE-JONESDr. Christine Jones, "The Christian Family as a Builder of a Culture of Life"

Dr. Christine Jones received her MA and PhD (1999) from McGill University, Montreal. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the Catholic philosophers Alasdair MacIntyre and Charles Taylor. From 1999-2001 she was Visiting Professor in the Département d’études anglaises at the University of Montréal. From 2001-2003, she held a Canada Research Chair Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Religion and Culture at U.B.C.  In 2004, Christine joined the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University (SFU), where she remains an Adjunct Professor. For SFU, Christine has taught dozens of courses over the span of a decade, primarily in the history of philosophy, and in religious studies. Together with one of her colleagues, Christine was responsible for the establishment of SFU’s Religious Studies Certificate program.  Since September 2011, Christine has served as President of Redeemer Pacific College — affiliated  with Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C. Currently seeking to establish its own degree programs, the College strives to build on its strength as a destination for those seeking excellence in Catholic Higher Education. Redeemer Pacific College is one of only two Catholic colleges in Canada included in the Cardinal Newman Guide to choosing a Catholic college. 

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Roussy Mrs.  Gillian Roussy, "Christian Families: Witnessing to Hope In The Formation of Children" 

Gillian Roussy began her career in sales after completing an Honours degree in Spanish Literature at the University of Ottawa. When her first baby was born,   Gillian decided to interrupt her career to become a professional Mom... and four children were added to the expanding Roussy clan! Gillian has always done a lot of volunteer work in support of the family. From 1998-2012, she served in several positions on the Board of Directors of the Neeje Association for Women and Family, organizing many events including an annual Parenting Seminar. In 1997, Gillian and her husband, Daniel, took their first parenting course with the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD): “First Steps”, for parents of children 0-3 yrs. Gillian has been involved with IFFD ever since and has attended several of the Federation’s international congresses. In 2010, after receiving special training, Gillian & Daniel became the National trainers for Family Enrichment activities in Canada. They have travelled to Vancouver & Victoria to begin new courses, as well as to Montréal to begin a new francophone group: “Projet-famille”.  In 2014, Gillian was elected President of Family Life, Development and Culture (FDC) – an educational charity which promotes IFFD courses across Canada.   Gillian also serves on the IFFD French Technical Committee which meets on a monthly basis to review and update IFFD teaching material.

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ANTOINE-RENARDMr. Antoine Renard, "The Christian Family As A School of the Good Life" 

Antoine Renard, is the President of the Associations familiales catholiques (Association of Catholic Families) of France, and since 2010 has headed the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe—the leading non-governmental family advocacy organization in Europe. A Civil Mining Engineer, following a career in the oil, mining and railway industries —where he was the head of many small and medium-sized enterprises— Mr . Renard became intensely involved in opposing the “marriage for all” movement. He was one of the spokespersons for the “Manif pour Tous” (the French umbrella organization responsible for organizing massive public demonstrations opposing same-sex “marriage”). The father of three and a Knight of the Legion of Honour, in 2014, Mr. Renard ran in the European elections on the “Force Vie” ticket, for the Eastern Departments of France (Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine and Franche-Comté). 

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 Mr. Antoine Renard, "Christian Families: Witnessing to Hope As Citizens of A Secular State"

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JASMIN-LEMIEUXMr. Jasmin Lemieux-Lefebvre, "Christian Families: Witnessing to Hope in the Media"

Since 2009, Jasmin Lemieux-Lefebvre has served the Catholic Church in Québec City as head of one of the country’s most dynamic communication services. Feeling the call to advance communications in the Church, Mr. Lemieux-Lefebvre left his position as communications Director for the Québec comedy festival, “le Grand Rire” —and for the firm QuébecComm— to work at the national office of World Youth Day in Toronto. This proved a life-changing experience in both the spiritual and personal senses. (It was there that he met the love of his life — a Polish volunteer.) Following Toronto’s World Youth Day — now a proud representative of the John Paul II Generation — Mr. Lemieux-Lefebvre went on to combine his experiences in marketing and production as an employee of the French-language unit of Salt + Light Television. After seven years spent in Toronto, he returned to Québec to work for the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress.  In Québec, in addition to coordinating Communications and Media for ecdq.tv (Web TV) and the Pastoral Review of the Archdiocese of Québec, he served as press secretary to Cardinal Marc Ouellet (2009-2010) — a role he now fills for His Eminence Gérald-Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix. Though his attempts at maintaining an appropriate family-work “balance” are not always successful, his role as husband and father (to his two children) — fruits of World Youth Day — remains the focus of his life. Mr. Lemieux-Lefebvre looks to the prayer of abandonment of Blessed Charles de Foucauld as a spiritual reference point. He strives to inspire Catholics to develop and share their personal relationships with Jesus Christ, God made man and Light of the world!

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