More ceme­tery tours com­ing

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

Par­tic­i­pants then took part in work­shops to dis­cuss di­rec­tions to take and so­lu­tions in cer­tain towns where ac­tion is a pri­or­ity. Some of the main ideas agreed upon in­clude the fol­low­ing:

In most cases, re­li­gious groups can­not as­sure the pro­tec­tion and ex­ploita­tion of churches, ceme­ter­ies and road crosses. It’s not pos­si­ble to save them all so pri­or­i­ties must be es­tab­lished. We must re­flect on the cri­te­ria to be used for this so as not to cause op­po­si­tion among groups in the same mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Most im­por­tantly, long-term so­lu­tions must be found and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties must play a role.

We must be imag­i­na­tive in iden­ti­fy­ing new vo­ca­tions if we want to pre­serve our build­ings, of­ten large ones, es­pe­cially when we are con­sid­er­ing the Catholic churches.

The Cir­cuit des cemetieres : work has al­ready be­gun with Paroles d’out­retemps which will al­low for tours with com­puter apps of ten ceme­ter­ies in the town of Coat­i­cook. Pan­els will soon be in­stalled to sign­post twenty-four other ceme­ter­ies. The num­ber of guided vis­its of ceme­ter­ies should be in­creased.

In the af­ter­noon, other speak­ers shared their ex­pe­ri­ences. For­mer mayor of Ste-Camille, Claude Larose, spoke about the par­tic­i­pa­tion of cit­i­zens in the ef­fort to save the church of his vil­lage and trans­form it slowly into a multi-func­tional cen­tre. Sylvie Cho­lette and France Levesque, of the or­ga­ni­za­tion Les Amis du pat­ri­moine de St-Venant-de-Pa­que­tte, spoke of the chal­lenges faced by small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties with few re­sources. Yvon Char­bon­neau, pres­i­dent of the So­ci­ete Her­itage An­neplain­ois, spoke about cre­at­ing a non-re­li­gious group to save a her­itage build­ing while keep­ing the build­ing’s re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pres­i­dent of the Comité sur le pat­ri­moine re­ligieux, Jean-Pierre Pel­letier, a cit­i­zen of Way’s Mills, com­mented that the pres­ence of Univer­sité de Sher­brooke his­tory pro­fes­sors at the sym­po­sium showed how the TCCC work­ing with the uni­ver­sity’s his­tory stu­dents since 2007 has paid off. He was also pleased to see elected of­fi­cials from the neigh­bour­ing MRC, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Con­seil du pat­ri­moine re­ligieux du Que­bec and ar­chi­tects who spe­cial­ize in re­li­gious her­itage. A com­plete re­port will be made af­ter re­view­ing all of the eval­u­a­tion sheets left by the par­tic­i­pants of this third sym­po­sium.

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