A red thread

Service d'Animation Missionnaire

Juan Ramon Moncada, a Honduran priest and member of the Central Council of the Quebec Foreign Mission Society (Société des Missions Étrangères - SMÉ in French), decides to volunteer at the Patro Roc Amadour's Meals-on-Wheels program. Dressed in his cotton fleece with the SMÉ logo embroidered on his chest, he joins the other volunteers as they await the arrival of the thermal bags containing the hot meals destined for over sixty users of the service, mainly people losing their independence in the Limoilou district of Quebec City.

As he sits down, a Meals on Wheels and food distribution volunteer, Nicole, approaches him and asks, "Are you a member of SMÉ?" Juan Ramon nods with a smile. Moved, Nicole tells him that her uncle, Réal Blain, a SMÉ priest who married her forty-six years ago, was a man of great importance in her life and that of her husband, Claude. The conversation quickly drifts to memories of Réal Blain, his charisma and his human approach.

A few days later, at a food distribution, Nicole was introduced to Bernard Duquette, another SMÉ member. Bernard decided to research Father Blain, and the following week returned with a copy of Blain's missionary activities in Japan. Nicole and Claude, deeply rooted in the values of solidarity and concern for others, are touched by these discoveries.

Nicole and Claude show a photo of Réal Blain, PME, at the centennial exhibition of the SME in Pont-Viau
Claude, Nicole, and their son Julien at the SME museum in Pont-Viau
Invited to dinner at Pont-Viau, the SME motherhouse in Laval, Nicole, Claude and their son Julien, adopted from Korea, experience a significant moment. Nicole, inspired by the love of her uncle, shares a beautiful connection with Florent Vincent, another SMÉ priest who worked with Réal Blain in Japan. Florent shares precious memories of their joint missions. Strangely enough, Claude has followed Father Vincent's work from afar for many years.

This red thread, which runs through and unites these lives and nationalities, manifests itself through stories and unlikely encounters. Réal Blain's dedication and love set his family's hearts on fire. Nicole and Claude, influenced by his legacy, opened their hearts to Julien and Corine, a daughter adopted from China. The same fire of love drives Nicole and Claude today to serve the needy in their community.

This flame, which lights up their path, is nourished by encounters and sharing. When they meet Juan Ramon, the red thread of love is once again activated, bringing warmth and light. This thread leads humanity towards Love, the origin and destiny of every person, uniting every life in a web of solidarity and compassion, a legacy handed down from one generation to the next, from one continent to the next.

Nicole has a blog in French where she shares her thoughts: https://nickronique.blogspot.com/