Menardian Disciples Monthly Reading List

MSA Constitution Norm 28.3 states that “the reading of the writings of our Founder and other spiritual authors is recommended as inspiration for our spiritual life.”

Each month we provide suggested topics of study for out Menardian Disciples to grown in their knowledge and understanding of the spirituality of Father Menard and also their understanding of the MSA Charism.

January – Priesthood
6 Fr. Eusebe Menard Birthday
First Promises
22 Day of Prayer for the Unborn
24 MSA Aggregation with the Order of Friars
Minors

February – Mystical Body of Christ
Lent

March – Laity
7 Mr. Hector Durand Death – 1972 (Obituary)
19 Feast of St. Joseph
26 Fr. Eusebe Menard Death – 1987 (Obituary)
Novitiate Begins

April – Prayer
MSA Vocations Day
Holy Week

May – Eucharist
3 St. Philip and St. James (cousin of Jesus) –
Patron Apostles Feast Day
Pentecost
Mary Queen of Apostles
31 Feast of the Visitation Magnificat

June – Calling of Apostles
8 St. Barnabas – Patron Apostle Feast Day
29 St. Peter and St. Paul – Patron Apostles Feast
Day
Pontifical Right Granted to MSA by Pope

July – Word of God
3 St. Thomas – Patron Apostle Feast Day
4 Independence Day
25 St. James (brother of St. John) – Patron
Apostle Feast Day

August – Charism of Society and Mission
15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Founding of the Society of the Missionaries of
the Holy Apostles in 1995
24 St. Bartholomew (aka Nathaniel) – Patron
Apostle Feast Day
Classes Begin HACS ~ Letter to Seminarians

September – Fraternity
21 St. Matthew, Evangelist and Patron Apostle
Feast Day

October – Poverty
4 St. Francis of Assisi – Patron Saint Feast Day
28 St. Simon (the Zealot) and St. Jude – Patron
Apostles Feast Day

November – Chasity
30 St. Andrew – Patron Apostle Feast Day
Thanksgiving

December – Obedience
8 Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
Mary
27 St. John – Evangelist and Patron Apostle Feast
Day

All Saints Day Reflection

At times, we find God admirable in His saints, but we feel weighed down and even discouraged. “No, holiness isn’t for me, that’s for sure!” – And we are tempted to abandon our efforts toward christian perfection. We think of the painful journey through the dark night of faith, of dryness  in mental prayer, of personal failures, of the sins we constantly fall into, of our lack of success in the apostolate; we think that if we must do all that have done the saints or go through all what they went through, we’ll never make it. Holiness is out of reach for those who live ordinary christian lives.

But how many are there whose eminent holiness will only be known in Heaven. People haven’t seen anything yet. I believe the greatest saints have not necessarily been canonized. The life of the soul of ones like these had been profoundly hidden with Christ in God.

How can we not think of Saint Therese of Lisieux and of the naive comment of one of her sisters: “What will we be able to say about her after her death?” If Providence had not brought her out of the shadows after her death, would we have even suspected the splendors of grace in Therese? A message as new and ancient as the Gospel. And how many other servants of God, as saintly as, or even more saintly than Therese, remain in the shadows. We will discover them in the beatific vision.

Spiritual Testament of Father Menard ~ August 28, 1981

Short Biography of Father Menard

A Quebecer born January 6, 1916 in East Broughton, Beauce County and christened Henri. His father was a modest shoemaker who, to provide for his eleven children (nine boys and two girls), kept a small shoe store adjacent to his shop and home, a few steps away from an asbestos mine that employed most of the local manpower.

Young Henri attended elementary school in his village while some of his elder brothers had already started their secondary studies away from home. There were little chances that Henri would be able to pursue his studies since his family was financially unable to provide for them.

It was a stroke of luck that Canon Bernier, founder of Canada’s first late vocation seminary, that of St-Victor-de-Beauce, happened to come to East Broughton on a recruiting mission. Divine influence undoubtedly helping, Canon Bernier did not hesitate to take to his late vocation seminary the fourteen year old youngster whose qualities largely made up for his youth and lack of financial resources.

Following six years of study at St-Victor, he entered the Foreign Missionaries’ novitiate in Pont-Viau where he remained but one year because although the missionary’s purpose was truly his, the spirit he was seeking was that of St. Francis of Assisi. So, he went knocking at the Franciscans’ door and was immediately welcomed in. There, he was given his patron saint’s name of Eusebe. He completed his theology studies and was ordained priest in the Fall 1941. He went on to further studies in sociology at the University of Montreal until 1943.

His oratorical talent prompted his superior to appoint him preacher at the Franciscans’ retreat house in Châteauguay, near Montreal where, during three years, he distinguished himself not only by his eloquence but also by the evangelic message he was passing on.

In 1945, Hector Durand, an important Montreal contractor and business man, after attending one of Father Menard’s retreat, offered him his financial support for a church organization, either already in existence or to be established. It was, for them, the beginning of an association that was to last over twenty-five years and would be difficult to match.

Their major project was the foundation of the Holy Apostles started in Canada and taken abroad later on by Father Eusebe. In 1972, Mr. Durand’s untimely death put an end to his apostolic work on earth, to which he had so generously devoted his fortune, his time and his life.

From 1962 until his death, Father Menard worked mostly in the United States and Latin America. With unfailing ardor, he continued to promote adult sacerdotal vocations and lay christian commitment.

While his Canadian foundation spread out as far as Africa, Father Menard established missions in United States, Peru, Columbia and Brazil.

Father Menard died in Montreal on 26th March 1987.