The beginnings of the French Brethren work as it exists today date from the arrival in Quebec in 1926 of the first full-time, English-speaking commended worker. Eighteen years later, there appeared the first mimeographed issue of an English magazine destined to report the progress of the Brethren work in French Canada. News of Quebec is the only ongoing resource of its kind, dating from 1944 and containing information of great historic value on the movement. Dr. Arthur C. Hill of Sherbrooke was its founding editor and merits recognition for his support and encouragement of the French work by means of this periodical. The magazine is quoted extensively throughout this history.
The choice of title reflects a clearly discernible phenomenon marking the fortunes of Brethren assemblies in francophone Quebec. This cannot help but be of interest to all, and especially to French Canadians themselves who, as historian Mason Wade pointed out some sixty years ago, “live in and on their past to a degree which it is difficult for English-speaking North Americans to appreciate.”