After a first stop last May at l’École secondaire catholique de Casselman, it was the turn last week of l’École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury (ESCRH)to welcome the Croix des générations passionnées. The cross was created by and for the students in order to offer a time of recollection and to remind them of the importance of faith and daily prayer.

The cross project began last year when young people from the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall region, who were part of the Générations Passionnées (Christian leadership workshops for young people) came together to develop a representative symbol. Since the cross is a universal symbol used in the Catholic religion, they decided to create their own cross in a strategic and representative way. Since its creation, it has been blessed by Bishop Marcel Damphousse and all the French-speaking diocesan priests and is now circulating in area schools.

We are thrilled to welcome the Croix des générations passionnées to our schools again! The passage of the cross allowed our students to stop for a moment and reflect at the start of the school year,” said Lyne Racine, director of education and secretary for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien(CSDCEO). “We always want to promote leadership and the voice of the students in order to allow them to exercise moral discernment, following the example of Jesus, in order to make informed choices on a daily basis. The Croix des générations passionnées, a collaborative project created by and for young people, is an excellent symbol of leadership for our students.”

Following the ceremony, all the guests, including Sergine Rachelle Bouchard, school counselor for the Township of Champlain and East Hawkesbury (pictured), made a gesture for the Earth by spreading a spoonful of compost in the vegetable garden at l’École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury. Photo: CSDCEO