To Montreal, Quebec

On Friday, May 25, 2012, we left for the Montreal area to spend time as regional administrator with Dave and Patti Miller.

We drove 3 hours to the New York border, 3 more to the Canadian border, and 3 1/2 more to the Millers’ home in the town of Blainville in the greater Montreal area. Montreal proper is an island in the St. Lawrence River. Blainville is on north shore of the river.

Here are the Millers.

And here is a plant in their yard.

They call it tthe Dr. Seuss plant! It is very sensitive. If the Millers pinch a tip off the top, the whole stem will wilt and die. This was all new to me. Do any of my readers know what this plant is?

The Millers have been here since 2004 (they were in Quebec City earlier) and have planted a church in partnership with Brethren in Christ World Missions, the Canadian Conference of the BIC Church, and the Mennonite Brethren Church.

Today, Saturday, May 26, the Millers took us to Montreal to see some of the sights there. As you might imagine, en route we talked about many aspects of their ministry and church.

We toured  St. Joseph’s Oratorio of Mount Royal.

This is a basilica, a functioning parish, and the largest shrine to Joseph, the husband of Mary and the earthly father of Jesus. The complex edifice sits on the highest point on Montreal Island. It was the dream and project of Brother Andre Bessette, who died in 1937 at the age of 91.

Then we walked around the Old City.

Had lunch. Saw five wedding parties!

And various other sights.

And now it is time to…

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