OURNEY of the FMS (Foreign Mission Society - Société des Missions-Étrangères)
1921 – 2011…90 years in existence…….passages…
Cherishing FMS history as we reach 90 years old.
1921 – Foundation of a Seminary of the Foreign Mission Society by the francophone bishops of Canada (February 02).
Nomination of Canon J.-Avila Roch, parish priest of the Joliette cathedral, as first Superior of the Seminary (May 12).
1922 – The Foreign Mission Society of the province of Québec is
established as a civil corporate body (March 08).
1924 – Blessing of the Seminary of Pont-Viau-Laval (September 07).
1925 – At the request of Msgr. J.-M. Blois, apostolic vicar of Moukden, acceptance of sending missionaries to Mandchuria, China (February 03).
First missionary departure for Mandchuria: Frs. Louis-A. Lapierre, Eugene Bérichon and Léo Lomme (September 11).
1929 – The first territory entrusted to the Society is the apostolic prefecture of Szepingkai, erected on a portion of the territory of the Vicariates of Jehol and Moukden in Mandchuria (August 02).
1937 – Acceptance of the mission of Davao, Philippines (April 02).
1939 – All the missionaries of the Society are affected by the war in China and in the Philippines – internment in concentration camps (1939-1945).
1942 – Opening of the mission in Cuba.
1948 – Opening of the mission in Japan.
1954 – Bishop Gustave Prévost is evicted from China. He is the last member of the Society to leave the country (May 01).
1955 – Opening of the mission of Choluteca in Honduras.
1956 – Opening of the mission of Pucallpa in Peru.
1961 – Opening of the mission in Argentina (1961-2006).
First departure of associate priests for Honduras.
1962 – Opening of the mission in Chile.
1974 – Opening of the mission of Medan in Indonesia (1974-1984).
1977 – Opening of the mission in Guatemala with the participation of lay associates (1977-1981).
1979 – Presence of the Society in Nicaragua (1979-1987).
1983 – Opening of the mission of Hong Kong.
1984 – Opening of the mission in Sudan.
1992 – Opening of the mission in Brazil with the participation of lay associates (July 02).
1993 – Beginning of a new presence of the Society in Mandchuria (Changchun).
1995 – Opening of the mission in Cambodia in collaboration with the Missionaries of Yarumal of Columbia (May 04).
1997 – Opening to non-Canadians as members of the Society.
2000 – Opening of the mission in Kenya. Main objective: theological formation of our candidates to the priesthood.
2002 – Opening of the mission in Thailand. Project in connection with the Small Missionary Group of Cambodia and the Missionaries of Maryknoll (USA).
2003 – Creation of the Service of the Lay Missionary Associates.
2011 – Final closing of the missions in Cuba and the Philippines.