Joie de vivre (French expression meaning "Joy of Living") is for the separated and/or divorced persons living alone. The Movement began in the Ottawa region, Canada, in 1980. Mireille, a divorced woman, having lived her cursillo in 1979, obtained the encouragement and the help of Father Nazaire Auger, Eudist, spiritual counsellor, to set up a Movement which would give the joy of living to those who had suffered the traumatism of divorce or separation by grouping them together in communities of faith.
As in the Cursillo, the weekend "Joie de Vivre" proposes a triple encounter: with oneself, with the others, and with God. The main activity is the three day session followed later on by fraternal meetings and moments of sharing (follow-ups).
Soon after the first weekend held in Ottawa on August 22-23-24, 1980, other weekends took place in Welland, ON, Sudbury, ON, Timmins, ON, Cornwall, ON, and Montreal, QC. Hence the opening of sectors in each of these cities. Afterward, there was Nicolet, QC, St-Jérôme, QC, Longueuil, QC, Gatineau-Hull, QC, Ottawa, ON, Mont-Laurier, QC, Bathurst, NB, Abitibi-Temiscamingue, QC, and Sherbrooke, QC,
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