ST. WILLIBRORD PARISH

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351 Willibrord Avenue, Verdun, Québec H4G 2T7 - Tel: (514) 769-9678 - Fax: (514) 761-1717

In February of 1974 forty-two year old Father Joseph Cameron became the new Pastor. With colleague Sister Clare O’Neill of the Congregation of Notre Dame, he took up the work begun before Father Thoms fell ill, continuing to integrate the reforms of Vatican II into our daily parish life. While Father Cameron and Sister Clare guided the Parish into the new age of the church, they would quickly acknowledge that they could not have done so without the selfless commitment, the prayer, and the wonderful grace of a volunteer spirit that has been a fundamental part of Willibrord parish life since those first parochial pioneers hammered the first church together in 1913. Recently in September of 2009, after thirty five years of pastorship Father Joeseph Cameron took his retirement, receiving the Medal of Merit from the Assmblee National de Quebec, for his years of dedicated service. Father Stephen Otvos aged 35, takes on pastorship of Saint Willibrord community, continuing the service of care of souls in the heart of Verdun.

Since Vatican II to this present generation, the parish has striven to be ever productive in promoting gospel values as it continues to be a haven for any and all. Many good works take place here, many prayerful liturgies are prayed here, and the St. Willibrord’s of 2009, now linked through our relic and our pilgrimages to St. Willibrord’s in Echternach, looks forward to the unfolding of the twenty-first century with much hope and optimism. Here in this holy place of peace, prayer and communal good will, for ninety years have been made the memories which we hold in the deepest recesses of our own hearts. Joy, tears, love, rites of passage, and feelings, which we sometimes can only experience, not express in words. All these emotions are encountered by each one of us at some time in our individual lives within these walls. In the context of Jesus’ death and resurrection, they comfort us. They enable each of us to say, “I belong. The spirit of St. Willibrord’s lives in me.”

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