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Mother Marie St-Pierre, Abbess of Notre-Dame du Bon Conseil (Archdiocese of Quebec, Canada) since 1989, having reached the age of retirement mentioned in ST 40.A of the Constitutions, presented her resignation to the Abbot General. With the consent of his Council, the Abbot General accepted the resignation which became effective on May 18, 2020.

On May 18, 2020, Dom André Barbeau, Abbot of Val Notre-Dame and Father Immediate of Bon Conseil, appointed Mother Marie St-Pierre as Superior ad nutum of the Community.

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