Local woman is next speaker at ‘Rendez-vous’ Lecture Series
(Photos courtesy of French Heritage Center)
CHICOPEE – The next speaker in the French Heritage Center’s “Rendez-vous” Lecture Series, Jacqueline (Rioux) Mashia, will present “The Rioux Brothers – From Quebec to California” on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Elms College library theatre.
Mashia holds a degree in religious studies from Our Lady of the Elms College. She is a professed lay Carmelite, having held many leadership positions, including director, treasurer and presently secretary of her local community. She is also publisher of the Lay Carmelite’s monthly newsletter and has served as the regional and state formation coordinator.
Mashia is active at St. Anne Parish parish in Chicopee, where she served as a eucharistic minister and currently is a lector, along with assisting the Children’s Liturgy of the Word team. She said her favorite apostolate is instructing first Communion students about the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Mashia will trace her great-grandfather Martial Rioux’s footsteps, traveling from Trois Pistoles, Canada, across the United States to the gold mines of Northern California. The Power Point lecture will highlight the fearsome, harrowing and oftentimes very dangerous situations that he and his brother, Severin, courageously endured, including their encounter with hostile inhabitants and passing through “Hangtown” village (where criminals were hung).
The lecture is based on Mashia’s translation of a diary/journal kept by Martial Roux. She said she is “very happy to honor him by sharing his story.”
The lecture is free of charge (donations accepted) and refreshments will be served.
The mission of the French Heritage Center is to honor, display, preserve and promote the legacy of Franco-Americans. The committee is seeking a donated space or building to call “home” in the Springfield Street, Chicopee, historic district.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with the committee or wishing to become an “ami” of the center, can contact Marie Proulx Meder at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jeanne Hebert at 413-594-9332.