Michel Lacroix

Michel Lacroix

Priest, episcopal vicar and pastoral animator

Lives in Gatineau, Quebec

Member since 1967

After an immersion trip to Mexico, where I was shocked and scandalized by the poverty of the Nahuatl indigenous community, I decided to become involved in Development and Peace. My commitment led me to serve as animator for Eastern Quebec for 21 years.

Since then, I have been involved in the Outaouais collective for Islamo-Christian dialogue. With the imam of the region, we have developed a program helping Catholic and Sunni communities to get to know each other better.

At the outset, only a few people gathered, but then we organized thematic evening meetings, prayer sessions, and marches against intolerance. Faced with the tragedy of the war in Syria, the collective decided to sponsor two Syrian families, one Christian and the other Muslim. These 50 years of involvement with Development and Peace have taught me that any social struggle for justice is incomplete if we do not plant the seeds of love within it.

 

What do peace and dialogue mean to you?

Peace is more than the absence of war. It is living in a society where there is law and order, fellowship and respect, and a structure for using dialogue to settle conflicts or misunderstandings. Dialogue includes genuinely listening to the other and the freedom to express oneself in all frankness, authenticity, and friendship.