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Charlottetown Area Gathering

On January 31st Sister Réjeanne Bourque welcomed the sisters and associates of Prince Edward Island to Andrews of Charlottetown. Together, we experienced the process and spirit of our Provincial Chapter accompanied by Sisters Catherine Walker and Maureen MacIsaac as facilitators. Associate Donna MacIntyre and Sister Regina McQuaid shared their experience of Chapter 2017. Donna spoke especially of the sense of peace and companionship that prevailed throughout the days. Regina continued in the same strain saying how each activity was entered into with reverence and joy.

Following the recitation of our 2016-2021 orientation, Catherine led us into a time of communal contemplation as we embraced the new through which we can see ourselves and our world with a clarity and simplicity of the now.

Maureen stated that going to the “cry of the periphery” is our work for today in Visitation Province. How can we respond to the periphery? It is not about doing more, Sister said, but what we do and how we can be aware of others.

With the strains of “How Then Shall We Live” each sister and associate made his/her commitment. During the break, we enjoyed beverages and sweets cordially prepared by our kitchen staff. Sister Ann T. Gillis expressed the gratitude of all of us to Catherine and Maureen for an excellent experience.

Catherine Smith, CND

Development And Peace – Caritas Canada

What a blessed year was 2017! A year of grateful celebration as Development and Peace celebrated fifty years of dedicated service and solidarity with the most impoverished people in the Global South!

The seed for the birth of Development and Peace was planted during the Second Vatican Council. Canadian Bishops in dialogue with their brother Bishops from the Global South became aware of the massive poverty and systemic injustices that plagued the people of developing countries: Asia, Africa and Latin America. Canadian Bishops envisioned D&P not as a lay organization, but as an organization of the People of God: lay people, religious, priests and bishops working together.

It is in this spirit that we launch our Lenten campaign, the theme being Together for Peace. Peace is not only about the absence of war. As long as people lack food, clean water, shelter, opportunities for education and proper health care there can be no real peace. This campaign invites us all to pray for peace, to show solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters who like us, participate in building world peace.

Let us all give generously to the Solidarity Sunday, March 18, 2018 collection. Thank you for helping us create a future filled with hope.

Dorena Hall, Associate



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