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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Jan 13, 2017 | 9:12 am

    La fête des trois rois- “galette des rois”

    Although I haven’t yet prepared my “galette” in recognition of the feast of the Three Kings and during the Twelfth Night tradition described below, there is a helpful recipe for making it at this link. In this particular recipe, the pastry is pre-made using the frozen “puff pastry” dough. “Les galette des rois” are the French cakes traditionally shared at the Fest of the Epiphany, the visit of the Three Kings […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Jan 06, 2017 | 8:33 am

    Sister Myriam of Lewiston is remembered

    Une Jeune Religieuse de Lewiston tuée en France Finding information in several newspaper sources about Sister Myriam, of Lewiston, was a learning moment for me. Therefore, I hope to honor the family by transcribing this story from the 1940,  news sources. While preparing presentation materials from the impressive Franco-American Collection (FAC), veterans digitization at USM LAC, a project funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Humanities, I was […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Dec 30, 2016 | 8:58 am

    Bonne année

    Maintaining  French language skills might be one New Year’s Resolution for many Franco-Americans.  A group of 9 Mainers living in Brunswick and Topsham are French speaking friends who agree to meet every other week to enjoy home cooked lunches at each other’s homes for the purpose of speaking “seulement français”. In fact, the diverse group has been meeting for over 52 years!  As some have either moved away or left […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Dec 23, 2016 | 8:30 am

    Tourtière de Noël – Christmas stories

    French-Canadians and Franco-Americans share a common bond with Christmas Tourtière. “Tourtière de Noël” is a special meat pie that’s simmering with generations of memories. The experience of learning the culture for serving the meat pies, eating them during les fêtes and sharing family recipes, are what makes Tourtières special. When I began writing about the Franco-American culture, almost 30 years ago, the bond between Tourtière and the culture quickly became […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Dec 16, 2016 | 8:19 am

    Proverbs and Remembrance

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: Nous nous souvenons: December 13, was “Acadian Remembrance Day” This blog is about two worlds.  One was a Colonial world at war in North America. Another parallel world is the modern carnage happening in the Middle East and Syria. There are tragic and devastating historic similarities. A French proverb captures the parallel, “The more things change, the more they remain the same. We […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Thursday Dec 08, 2016 | 8:58 am

    “Lessons and Carols” in historic St. John’s

    Frankly, there couldn’t be a more spiritually beautiful location for the celebration of the interfaith, “Lessons and Carols”, than in the impressive sanctuary of the St. John the Baptist Church, on Pleasant Street in Brunswick.  In my opinion, the large seating capacity, coupled with the perfect acoustics, are blended to support a religious atmosphere, a place to reflect on Advent and remember the Christmas story, told in music and Scripture. […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Dec 02, 2016 | 7:46 am

    Centennial celebration at St. Augustine’s

    AUGUSTA, ME- Franco-American religious history includes the legacy of a devout French-Canadian priest named Father Zenon Decarie (or also spelled “Decary”). Although I’ve written about this particular priest in the past, I just recently learned about his contribution to the St. Augustine’s Church, during a celebration to commemorate the church’s centennial anniversary. On November 19th, Augusta’s majestic St. Augustine’s Church hosted a centennial tribute to the parishioners and Franco-Americans in […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Wednesday Nov 23, 2016 | 9:11 am

    Meeting St. Vincent de Paul

    St. Vincent de Paul (1576-1660) was a French Roman Catholic priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. His mission for service to the poor continues in Portland, Maine where the program is helped by the Rotary Club, particularly at Thanksgiving. Of course, Thanksgiving is a time for all families to enjoy the opportunity to share […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Thursday Nov 17, 2016 | 8:33 am

    Gilles Edouard Auger was a Franco-American leader

    Franco-Americans join the family and Sanford community in sympathy to mourn the death of Gilles Edouard Auger, 81, who was a cultural hero and a well known civic leader.  His wife of 51 years, Claire Lafrance Auger and loving family mourn his death, at home on hospice care, on November 10th, in Sanford.  Consistent with the family’s proud Franco-American traditions, the Funeral Mass on November 14th, at Holy Family Church […]

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