Passionate about spiritual journeys!
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
A graduate in administration from Laval University, Quebec City, she has also taken university courses in theology and has a keen interest in psychology and spirituality. Her passion for travel has taken her to over 45 countries on five continents. She began her career in tourism in 1992 and founded Spiritours in 2003 after a life-changing journey. She is a member of the international Focolare movement, Religions for Peace and a member of the board of directors of the Fondation À Dieu Va. She is co-author of the book Spiritual Journeys, 50 Dream Itineraries from Éditions Ulysse. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR (EXT. 205)
A graduate in travel planning from Collège April-Fortier and in management, she acquired nearly two years of experience with a well-known tour operator before starting with Spiritours. She is passionate about human relations and the discovery of other cultures. She believes that the combination of travel and personal and spiritual growth opens up new horizons. She is a dynamic, professional and open-minded person.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (EXT. 206)
Originally from Reunion Island, Anne has always enjoyed traveling and discovering new horizons. She is passionate about wellness, personal growth and the environmental cause. A graduate of Collège April-Fortier, it is with great joy that she works in the travel industry while being aligned with the values she holds dear. Ready to welcome you with gentleness, kindness and non-judgment, she places the respect and well-being of each individual at the heart of her priorities.
GROUP COORDINATOR (EXT. 203)
Travel consultant Marie Onana, has a jurist by background and holder of a certificate in philanthropic management from the University of Montreal. Marie has always been fascinated by the idea of solidarity tourism, especially religious tourism. She has had the grace to travel to many countries. She loves to travel, and believes in the importance of travel, especially spiritual travel, to recharge one’s batteries, open up to other cultures and peoples, and break down isolation and fear of others. For her, a pilgrimage is a physical journey, an outward journey that invites us to move inward, to evolve and change within ourselves.
GROUP COORDINATOR (EXT. 202)
After graduating from a tourism school in south-west France, Amandine quickly discovered her passion for travel. Following her studies, she had the chance to travel for 1 and a half years. This enabled her to learn a little more about herself every day, and to become increasingly interested in spirituality, personal development and well-being. She was also able to develop her organizational skills, which she is delighted to be able to put to good use for Spiritours and its travellers today.
OPERATIONS AGENT (EXT. 207)
After an atypical life path, Frédérique, coming from the Northwestern France, embarked on a new challenge: to realize her greatest dream of studying and working in travel in Quebec. Freshly graduated with a DEC in Tourism at Collège Montmorency in Laval, she naturally turned to Spiritours which totally corresponded to her values to combine her passions of well-being, personal development, spirituality, and travel. It is in the greatest benevolence, non-judgment, gentleness, and calm that she will accompany you to the journey that suits you best.
After several years working in a laboratory, Claire discovered a passion for travel. Following a reorganization at work, she decided to reorient herself in the travel industry. A graduate of Collège April-Fortier and a loyal Spiritours client (she has participated in seven different trips), she now works at Spiritours in operations.
Graduated from HEC Montreal for the Chartered Professional Accountant program, Mokrane manages accounting and finance, passionate about numbers and meticulous control of expenses. After a professional experience of more than 12 years in different fields of activities, Mokrane decides to dive into the world of tourism to live a new experience. He watches over the financial security of Spiritours to protect the quality of service of its customers.
Accompanying persons - At the source of being
She has been in the field of education since 1992. She holds a master’s degree in remedial education and has developed an expertise in the field of metacognition. She is also trained in spiritual guidance at the Centre de spiritualité Manrèse. Passionate about travel, different cultures and human relationships, she has been a long-distance pilgrim since 2009 and is responsible for the pedagogical aspect of Bottes et Vélo.
Catherine Agostini Salembier
Eurasian, at the crossroads between East and West, Catherine is a coach/lecturer, international meditation teacher and founder of Latitude Bien-Être. As an ethnotherapist, she has lived on five continents and has the art of uniting cultures and heritages from thousands of years. Passionate about human beings and spiritual traditions, she shares her vision of the spiritual and initiatory journey, both a quest and a pilgrimage, as a return to the essential, a bridge from oneself to the other, an odyssey as a sacred act. She is co-author of the book Spiritual Journeys, Ulysses (2019) and author of Faire de ses blessures un Chef-d’œuvre, Sur les épaules des Géants, Le souffle des Sages.
Dre Christine Angelard
Global Health Therapist
Author, lecturer, graduate of a doctorate in medicine at the University of Toulouse, she also has diplomas in homeopathy, medicine traditional Chinese medicine and naturopathy. She practices as a naturopath in Montreal. She has studied the symbolism of the human body, and has been working more than 20 years in global health. His holistic vision of medicine has led him to conduct to link the different tools of medicine, and not to oppose them, for a more complete and more human approach to the individual. Author of the books La médecine soigne, l’Amour guérit, Voyage en pays d’intériorité, Va vers Toi-même, ou l’importance de se remettre en marche, Les essences-ciel pour le corps et pour l’âme et L’art de la gratitude, un chemin de guérison. To know more: christineangelard.com
Somatic educator, speaker, founder of the Centre Emballons-nous-® in Montreal, author of the book Vivre en forme sans violence, les micro-mouvements pour bouger au quotidien, creator of the online studio Vieillir sans rétrécir.
He comes from the field of education since 1988. Responsible for graduate studies at the Centre de spiritualité Manrèse, he is currently a doctoral student in theology specializing in pilgrim studies and has cooperated in setting up a microprogram in this field at Laval University. Travelling is, for him, a way to go and meet the other (of the Other) and to grow in humanity. He has been practicing long-distance pilgrimage since 2005 and is responsible for the research component of Bottes et Vélo.
Josée offers you the opportunity to reconnect with your essence and catalyze your full potential. She knows how to lead each individual to develop their intuitive strengths and bring out their zone of genius. Her transformative approach, Drive5, focuses on the 5 keys to influence. Josée personalizes this approach by combining methods, arts and emotions, in order to allow the emergence of all your capacities, both personal and professional. Certified and member of the International Federation of Coaches of Quebec, this artist-painter also holds a training in “co-active coaching”, and has studied naturopathy and art-therapy, which makes her an esteemed coach with unique assets.
A psychologist in Quebec for the past 40 years, at the age of 74, he continues to provide individual psychotherapy at the Sedona Center in Montreal. He accompanies his clients with heart, to develop a better self-awareness, a greater compassion, and to move towards a greater sunshine in their lives.
SPECIAL GUEST. A pioneer of French yoga in Montreal, founder of Studios Lyne St-Roch in 2001, a graduate in physical activity sciences from the University of Sherbrooke, a massage therapist and renowned teacher, Lyne St-Roch has extensive experience in the field of yoga and wellness. Over the years, her teachings have influenced the lives of thousands of women and men.
At the age of 20, it was with an open plane ticket to Europe that the very first Camino began for Marilyne. With a thirst for self-discovery, the Camino has transformed her for the years to come. From 2008 to 2012, she accompanied groups of pilgrims 7 times in order to transmit the essence of the Camino. “Isolated from all the distractions of daily life, Compostela allows us to reconnect with ourselves and to empty ourselves from the whirlwind of life by allowing us to fill ourselves with the silence that the Camino offers.” With her studies in social work completed, Marilyne continued her backpacking trips where hiking continued to be at the heart of her destinations. Feeling once again the call of the Apostle James, it is with enthusiasm that she wishes to accompany pilgrims in order to lead them on this journey to the encounter of their Being. Ultreïa (always higher, always further!)
A Quebec reference in spirituality, Marie-Josée lived in a religious community in her twenties. Today, she is a successful speaker and author who is passionate about the spiritual development of human beings, particularly through her books Dieu s’en moque and Plus Grand que soi. With a certificate in theology, she offers spiritual retreats and healing days where people have the space to discover and deepen their own connection to the Greater.
T.E.S, B.Ed., DESS, ICF International Management Coach. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a graduate degree in Administration and Social Work. Since 2005, Nancy has been coaching decision-makers, business leaders, artists and high-level athletes through strategic coaching, training, psychosocial intervention and meditation techniques. Her approach allows people to deploy their excellence, to take up challenges in their career, to develop their intuition and their creative potential.
It was my awakening to Spirituality that gave me the courage to listen to that little voice that told me to leave Canada to realize this dream of living abroad. My nomadic life began in 2015 in Bali where I live alternately with Nepal and India. Since then, I have completed three teacher trainings in India: a first one in meditation, Hatha Yoga therapy, Sivananda lineage, then an advanced training in yogic education.
Founding President of Coaching Culture, Suzanne Bernard made the leap to entrepreneurship in 2016 after a corporate career in human resources of over 20 years. The corporate adventure led her to travel around the world and to start new factories for her employer. On the entrepreneurial side, several mandates follow one another, notably in the areas of coaching, change management and leadership training. Suzanne is actively involved in Val David to reflect on the future with the citizens. Suzanne Bernard holds an Executive MBA from UQAM and Université Paris-Dauphine and is passionate about cross-country skiing and travel. Suzanne also guides walking groups and facilitates leadership circles.
Sylvie has been a massage therapist for nearly twenty years and is also a globetrotter at heart. In 2017, she travelled 1,600km on the Compostelle paths. Her trips are all spiritual, a journey to the center of oneself. After several solo trips, she decided to share her passion with people. She realizes that seeing her loved ones discover magnificent landscapes and surpass themselves on the roads to Compostela, transforms her passion into a mission. With a guide diploma in hand, it is with joy and happiness that she joins the beautiful Spiritours team and accompanies travelers on spiritual tours. “I make a living out of my passions, I love treating people and I love making people feel good”.
Accompanying persons - At the source of the faith
He is a psychotherapist for adolescents, adults, couples and families. Trained in catechesis, psychology and counseling, he has been providing therapy for 35 years in Quebec City. To better practice his profession, he completed a doctorate in practical theology on religious experience as a source of resilience in abused children who are now adults.
Diocesan Director of Pilgrimages for the Diocese of Luçon (Vendée) since 2010. He has worked in commerce and has acquired an expertise in the organization and animation of events. In 2001, he obtained a university degree in management which led him to take over the management of a Catholic school in Vendée. A lover of history, he is involved in scouting, parish and diocesan life, and is also involved in the national French-speaking association of pilgrimage directors (congress and training).
- She has been a parish pastoral agent for 19 years in Quebec City. She has a passion for the evangelization of families that includes all generations. With her husband, they have been members of the Pontifical Council for the Family representing Canada as advisors to Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis for 12 years. They participated for the 6th time in the promotion of the World Meeting of Families in Quebec and Canada (Valencia, Mexico City, Milan, Philadelphia, Dublin and now Rome).
With a theological background, he followed a training in spiritual guidance at the Centre Le Pèlerin, in order to sharpen his ability to listen and be present to others. Previously, he worked as a teacher in the tourism department at Champlain Regional College. His diverse experience in the tourism industry (from guide to agency owner) has given him a taste of almost every aspect of travel.
Charles Mignault, Ptre
Ordained a priest in 2009 in the Archdiocese of Gatineau at the age of 55, he says with a smile that he is an old man, but a young priest. He studied theology at the Université de Montréal (Master’s degree) and pastoral ministry at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. Today, he is pastor of the Sainte-Trinité parish in Gatineau. He was spiritual animator of the Cursillos in the Outaouais region for five years and has accompanied groups on pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land.
Christian Lépine, Mgr
Bishop Lépine has a long experience as a pastor and teacher. Ordained a priest in 1983 at Saint-André-Apôtre, he first exercised his priestly ministry at Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal before studying philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1986 to 1989. Upon his return to Montreal, he was appointed curate at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges and pastor of Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal. He remained there until 1996 when he accepted the direction of the Secretariat of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte. In 1998, he was called to Rome where he worked at the Secretariat of State and then at the Congregation for Divine Worship. Returning to Montreal in 2000, he was appointed Director of the Major Seminary. From 2006 to 2012, he was pastor of the parishes of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Notre-Dame-des-Champs, where he remained until his ordination as auxiliary bishop on September 10, 2011. On March 20, 2012, he was named Archbishop of Montreal by Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop Lépine is the tenth bishop of Montreal and the eighth archbishop since the. Foundation of the diocese in 1836.
Emanuel Zetino, Ptre.
Born in Montreal to a Guatemalan family, he did all his formation in Montreal and was ordained a diocesan priest on May 17, 2019. His experience with the French, English, Latin American and Italian communities in the diocese, make him a priest very close to the multicultural reality of the Church in Montreal. He is currently the vicar at the Cathedral Basilica of Mary Queen of the World in Montreal.
Gérald C. Lacroix, Mgr
Cardinal Gérald C. Lacroix is a native of the Beauce region in the province of Quebec. He has been a consecrated lay member of the Pius X Secular Institute (ISPX). After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Laval University in 1985, he was ordained a priest on October 8, 1988 by Bishop Maurice Couture in the Archdiocese of Quebec. He was ordained a bishop in the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré on May 24, 2009 by Cardinal Marc Ouellet. He was named Metropolitan Archbishop of Quebec City on February 22, 2011. His appointment to the cardinalate on January 12, 2014 by Pope Francis, made him the 8th Cardinal of Quebec.
Néhémie Prybinsky OFM, Ptre.
Originally from Poland, he obtained his Master’s degree in theology from the Pontifical Academy in Krakow. He then specialized in homiletics and computer science. He is also an avid photographer. He has been a Franciscan since 1987 and a priest since 1994. He has worked in parishes as a retreat preacher and in schools (high schools) as a catechist. For about fifteen years, he was a missionary in Madagascar and Mauritius. In 2009, he arrived in Canada. He animates recollections, retreats, and is director of the Frederic Janssoone Center and responsible for the Franciscan community in Montreal.
Paul-Marie Cathelinais, Ptre.
Born on May 15, 1975 and a Dominican of the Province of Toulouse (South of France) since 1997, he received the call to enter the Order of Preachers following a pilgrimage to Lourdes when he was 19 years old. It was during his studies of philosophy at the IPC that he confirmed this call. Ordained a priest in 2004, he will be a professor of philosophy from 2005 to 2015. In July 2015 he was assigned to the convent of the Holy Baume where he founded and directs a small school of life for young people who want to be formed to an authentic lay Christian life.
Vincent Bélanger, Ptre.
Priest of the diocese of Montreal and ordained in 1999, he had a missionary experience in a parish in Brasilia, Brazil, in 2001-2002. He has made three pilgrimages to the Holy Land and another in the footsteps of St. Paul in Greece and Turkey. His interest is to live spiritual experiences of faith and culture with people who are thirsty for meaning, and with the aim of growing in faith towards Christ. Another point that motivates him to go on pilgrimages is that it makes him live experiences of brotherhood and concrete love for one another.