We come from countries in North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe where we live and work among the people. In response to a call from our loving God, we give our lives to work toward achieving God’s desire for a just and peaceful world for all peoples.
Movie Recommendation: "Letters to Father Jacob" is a 2009 Finnish movie about a woman who has been in prison for a number of years and is pardoned and released. A recommendation is made that she take a position reading and responding to letters for an elderly priest who is blind and receives by letter many requests for prayer and advice. The rocky relationship eventually leads to redemption and healing for her. I was able to pick up this DVD from the Ottawa Public Library. It may be available on Netflix, etc.
Within the Demystifying Art lecture series at the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe-Claire, a talk entitled Public Art featuring artist Shelley Miller and landscape architect Eileen Finn – both Montreal-based – will be held on June 3. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about their truly imaginative and highly significant collaborative project – the creation of a new public sculpture entitled Impression – commissioned by the City of Pointe-Claire, to honour the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame (CND) who occupied the convent near St-Joachim Church and the 300 year-old wind-mill along the shores of Lake St-Louis for over two centuries.
The OK Clean Water Project is most grateful to the Ottawa Catholic Schools who have supported our water project in Kumbo, Cameroon again in the school year 2014-2015. This year twenty-five schools brought in an amazing $31,264.50! The schools were given a power point presentation including photos, commentary and statistics on the number of villages, pipes, storage tanks, schools and health clinics served by the project. The students and teachers were most creative in their fundraising engaging in such activities as walk-a-thons, read-a-thons, spirit days, coin lines, bake sales, chores at home and other interesting activities to raise money for OK Clean Water Project.
In his 2011 report to the UN, Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Méndez, stated that solitary confinement in excess of 15 days should "be subject to an absolute prohibition” based on scientific evidence of its psychological damage.
Did you know that on any given day, more than 80,000 incarcerated adults and youth are held on solitary confinement in the United States.
Next week, May 29 to June 3, will be the ceremonial close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Many people will be gathering in Ottawa to mark the occasion. KAIROS is holding an inter-generational gathering in Ottawa at the same time on the theme of "Time for Reconciliation.” I will be attending the KAIROS gathering and participating in the TRC Walk for Reconciliation on Sunday, May 31st. I encourage Ottawa area residents to join me in the walk. Information is available here: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=864. And for those further away, you can still be part of the events of this historic moment. Visit the KAIROS website for ideas that can be done in other parts of the country to demonstrate a nationwide commitment to reconciliation.
New Environmental Series From Villagers Media/Green Spirit Tv Now Online
A series on the environment that I worked with at length, based on a recent CCCB document on the environment, is now online. It includes 12 programs of about 10 minutes each; they have used clips of an interview with me to introduce each segment. The segments interweave papal teaching on the environment with interviews or presentations of various environmental initiatives, or places (like Madonna House and St. Peter's Abbey) that have integrated a healthy relationship with the environment into their Christian commitment and lifestyle.
We think it should be both a good precursor and accompaniment to Pope Francis's forthcoming encyclical on the environment. The note below, from Dawn Deme, the series' producer, gives you various links to the series. It should be an effective tool for a study group or youth group interested in the environment. I hope you find it worthwhile.