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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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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Nov 11, 2016 | 9:57 am

    Québec: Historic and cultural friendly neighbor

    As Americans celebrate Veterans Day, in recognition of our nation’s past and present military heroes, we can also remember, with pride, the historic and cultural alliance our country shares with Canada.  For Franco-Americans, this bond is especially significant because the immigrants who left Québec during the past several centuries, to forge new lives in the United States, were the ancestors of those who fought side by side with US military, […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Nov 04, 2016 | 9:21 am

    Veterans Day and Madame Anna A. Guérin

    When Americans remember those who served and died in foreign wars, our family joins this memorial with the tribute to World War I mortality Napoleon Morin, 19, of Biddeford, Maine. He was killed in 1918, at the Battle of Château-Thierry. My husband and I visited his burial site several years ago, at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, in France. Therefore, our family wears the traditional Memorial Poppy, a solemn […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Oct 28, 2016 | 8:39 am

    Franco-American Veterans- military memories

    Veterans can often be shy when asked to discuss their military experiences, but nearly all who served in our armed forces have memorabilia to commemorate their years of service.  Thankfully, they happily shared these documents at “digitization day” at the Franco-American Collection (FAC) in Lewiston. On October 22, the veterans who participated in the digitization project at the Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn Campus (USM […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Oct 21, 2016 | 9:43 am

    Genealogical society presentation on Franco immigration

    Maine’s Franco-Americans are often characterized as being a “Quiet Presence”, but the history and culture of the state’s largest ethnic group is a story that needs to be told, said Leslie Choquette at a genealogical program in Auburn. “In fact, clearly one-third of Maine people are of Franco-American descent,” she said. In her excellent presentation. Choquette, a professor of history, French studies and director of the French Institute at Assumption […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Oct 14, 2016 | 9:22 am

    Ratatouille is a culinary recipe from Provence

    Ratatouille season in our house marks the end of the eggplant growing season. In French, an eggplant is “‘l’aubergine”. In fact, “ratatouille” is an old recipe originating in Provence, France. It’s a fabulous recipe for tossing together the beautiful harvest of “l’aubergine”, with chopped zucchini, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, basil and garlic (lots of chopped fresh garlic!) in olive oil for the sautée.  It’s a relatively low calorie recipe. For […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Oct 07, 2016 | 8:33 am

    Father Marc Boisvert in Haiti reports hurricane Matthew

    Sadly, it takes yet another natural disaster in Haiti for us to recognize the extraordinary poverty experienced by the people and to appreciate those who dedicate their lives to helping them. After the 2010 Haitian 7.0 earthquake, I had the honor to meet Father Marc Boisvert, a Lewiston native, when he was home, visiting Maine. Again, the devastating hurricane Matthew left behind even more damage in western Haiti. While the […]

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