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What is LNDN?
L'école Notre Dame du Nord/Our Lady of the North School
is a Christian Ministry faithful to the Magisterium (Rome). Its members
work to fulfill the Catholic Faithfuls' responsibility to evangelize and
to promote Catholic education.
LNDN is a non-profit organization. It receives no government funding.
It is an independent school with its own school board. LNDN relies completely
on the prayers, generosity and support of others. LNDN was founded by
John and Gay Caswell on March 25, 1996 (The feast of the Annunciation).
started with one building which also served as a house. There was no electricity
or plumbing. That building was destroyed by fire in 1997. For a few years
programs and classes were held in a one room log cabin. In 1999 we were
able to switch to a portable classroom, thanks to the generosity of others.
The log cabin now serves as a library. The cabin in the photo serves as
His Holiness John Paul II talked of the need to re-evangelize North America.
LNDN works to be part of that in a small way in Northern Saskatchewan.
It provides catechism classes and resources for children and adults, makes
available an academic education up to grade 12 for children and adults
and does charitable work. Although we can not take the place of
the declining number of priests, as Christians we need to do more.
The North was evangelized by heroes of the faith such as Bishop Charlebois
(picture at bottom of page). It continues to be served by faithful priests.
However while the rest of the province has a population decline, the North
is experiencing a baby boom so that 50% of the population is under 21.
Who will reach the hearts and minds of this generation?
Where is LNDN located?
is located in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. It's home is a northern settlement
of about 70 people, Brabant Lake, which is located along highway 102 --
the only highway going through the area. Southend, an Indian reserve about
30 miles north, is a larger community of more than 1000 people. LNDN sees
it work area as a radius of about 300 miles. They serve many northern
communities, reserves, and settlements in Northern Saskatchewan.
physical geography of northern Saskatchewan is very rough. The Canadian
Shield covers the northern half of the province. The area is littered
with lakes and rivers. The land is covered with huge rocks and trees,
which makes the highway very rough. Highway 102 consists mainly of rocks
and clay, which makes it undrivable in certain conditions. Some communities
such as Wollaston, a community farther north must be reached by crossing
lakes on ice roads or barges. This makes them isolated in the later fall
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Ovide Charlebois, OMI
Bishop of the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas