The final assembly of graduates of the College of the Sacred Coronary heart and the School of Bathurst

An old English proverb says, “All good things will come to an end.”

This proverb will take full effect by announcing earlier this week that the great alumni and Sacred Heart and College of Bathurst alumni meeting in 2022 is likely to be the last in history.

“It’s a decision that was hard to make, but every year, even every month and week, we lose the elders,” said Luc J Doucet, president of the Great Meeting Committee in 2022.

At the age of 69, the person responsible for organizing the celebrations is the youngest of the graduates of these educational institutions to mark the history of Acadia.

The 2022 meeting will take place on 25 June at the CCNB Bathurst, located on rue du Collège.

“There should be participants whose graduations date back to 1958,” illustrated Mr. Doucet, a 1974 graduate.

Although the Fondation du Collège de Bathurst has decided that these big meetings will be the last, they will be marked by various activities, including the respect they pay for Father Maurice LeBlanc.

A former priest and Akadian activist who died earlier this year, he taught art history at the Université du Sacré-Coeur, which later became the Collège de Bathurst.

A bronze plaque will be unveiled to him on the day of the celebrations.

Father LeBlanc, passionate about culture, is at the beginning of a visit to several major music names in Bathurst, said Luc J Doucet.

“With Father Maurice, French-speaking artists performing in Montreal had to cross Bathurst! We are grateful to him for the visits and performances of renowned artists such as Charles Aznavour, Nana Mouskouri, Serge Reggiani and even the famous Comédie-Française.

“He had contacts everywhere to bring these artists to Bathurst! In addition, it allowed us to meet them in person, “added Mr. Doucet.

The Collège Sacré-Coeur, founded in Caraquet in 1899, moved to Bathurst in 1916 after a fire in December 1915. It received a university charter in 1941.

However, the founding of the Université de Moncton in 1963 questioned the existence of other French-language universities in the province. In 1963, the Université Sacré-Coeur joined the Université de Moncton and became the Collège de Bathurst.

As a result of the reorganization, the Université de Moncton College closed its doors in 1975.

Among the former students who attended these facilities and who became famous, we mention Louis J. Robichaud, Albert Sormany, Jean-Marie Nadeau, Abbé Lanteigna, Donat Lacroix and Calixte Duguaya.

In addition to the unveiling of the memorial plaque in honor of Father LeBlanc, the day of the meeting offers a conference on Father Maurice LeBlanc, an influential man, a cocktail party and a banquet, followed by a social evening with musical entertainment.

“Friendly meetings of old people have been held here for twenty years, but this year’s will have a completely different dimension, as it will be the last celebration,” said Luc J Doucet.

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