MSA Important Historical Dates


May 12, 1951

Cardinal P.-E. Leger is in favor of the project of the foundation of a society of common life without public vows.

August 15, 1951

The Archbishop of Montreal approves the project of foundation of the Society of the Holy Apostles, society of common life without public vows, for the formation of young men and adults thinking of the priesthood, for the direction of retreat houses and poor parishes.

March 24, 1956

Decree of erection by Cardinal P.-E. Léger of the Society of the Holy Apostles as ‘pious union’.

July 10, 1957

Opening in Cromwell, CT of the Holy Apostles Seminary

1960

The Missionaries of the Holy Apostles begin their apostolic work in the Amazon of Peru

August 15, 1962

Approval of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles as ‘pious union’ at Indiana, Peru, by Msgr Damase Laberge, o.f.m., bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Saint-Joseph-de-l’Amazone, Peru.

August 15, 1965

Decree of the canonical erection of the Society of the Holy Apostles promulgated by Cardinal P.-E. Leger.

November 11, 1965 to January 10, 1966

Visit of Fr. Remi Couture to Tchad and Cameroon concerning the Foundation in Africa

November 03, 1966

Opening of the Holy Apostles Seminary in Nsimalen (Yaounde)

December 12, 1966

Foundation of Seminario de los Santos Apostoles in Bogota (Colombia)

January 12, 1967

Creation of Conceicio de Nova Aparecida Parish in Campinas (Brazil)

December 17, 1967

Moving of the Holy Apostles Seminary from Nsimalen to Otele

March 28, 1969

The taking over of the Minor Seminary of Saint Theresa in Mvolye (Yaounde)

November 1, 1971

Recognition of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles as a Society of common life without vows and of diocesan right, by a decree from the Apostolic Vicariate of Saint-Joseph-de-l’Amazone (Peru), Msgr Laurant Guibord, o.f.m. The Society is attached to the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples (Propaganda Fide).

March 7, 1972

Death of Mr Hector Durand, co-founder of the Work of the Holy Apostles.

May 1985

Opening in Assisi (Italy) of a Vocational Centre in collaboration with the French Poor Clares.

February 23, 1986

Acceptance to take over Saint-Paul’s Minor Seminary in Bangui, Central African Republic.

March 26, 1987

Death of Fr. Eusèbe-Henri Ménard, Founder of the Work of the Holy Apostles. He is buried on the territory of the Society at the cemetery of ‘Saint-Joseph-de-Rivière-des-Prairies’ parish.

June 1987

Initiation of a process for the unification of both Societies founded by Fr. Eusèbe Ménard.

July 30 to August 18, 1995

A Chapter General was held to prepare the unification of the two Societies.

August 15, 1995

Founding of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles. The decree of foundation is read by Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte.

June 29, 2000

Recognition of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles as a clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right.

Easter Sunday 2006

Promulgation of updated MSA Constitutions and Norms