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Going to the Peripheries…

On October 17 representatives of several Island organizations, MacKillop Centre for Social Justice, Development and Peace and others were on the streets in Charlottetown, Cornwall and Summerside to observe the International Day for Poverty Eradication. I stood on Lower Queen Street in Charlottetown handing out bags containing a post card to the Prime Minister, a refrigerator magnet and a toffee candy to chew on. The post card tells Mr. Trudeau that "We Still Need a Plan" that will be an effective tool to end poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness in Canada. Participants in the campaign will be calling for the federal government to strengthen the newly-released Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy so that it is comprehensive, rights-based, legislated, and fully-funded.

"Chew on This" is organized by the Dignity for All campaign, co-led by Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice, both registered national charities. Participating in this annual event is always heart-warming and at the same time disappointing because of the diverse reactions of people on the street. Many are eager to listen, to share their concerns and to sign the cards, while others will have nothing to do with them. I'm also happy to share that at our recent Linden group gathering sisters and associates were supportive by taking cards to sign and also bringing extra cards to family and friends.

In this time… our time, there are many challenges. It is not always easy to go to the peripheries especially for us, who are so richly blessed. Personally, I find it difficult to move out of my comfort zone. It certainly challenges my faith. The Preparatory Prayer for the 2016 General Chapter invites us to ask God to, "Hone our view of the world. Open our hearts to all those who are marginalized. Sharpen and develop our sense of caring…"

Dorena Hall, Associate

Movie Recommendation 

RBG is an informative and entertaining documentary about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg who at age 85 continues to sit on the US Supreme Court. She chose law as a means of breaking down discrimination based on gender with a particular focus on the socio-economic double standard which existed for women in the 60s and beyond. It can be viewed on ppv etc.

Kathy Kelly, Associate

CNWE - Catholic Network for Women’s Equality

On Sunday, October 21, the NB-CNWE group met in St. Andrews. We prayed, feasted, and visioned, sharing our ideas, our hopes and our experience of church. We look upon our group as “seekers” finding ways to nourish our faith, promote justice, and maintain our joy as Christian women. The CNWE Conference will be in Toronto, May 31 - June 2, 2019. To read about some of the efforts and interests of CNWE across the country, see for copies of our newsletter, Seedkeepers.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Message from Claire…

Surprise, delight and gratitude were my sentiments as I was acknowledged by so many sisters on the occasion of my 70th anniversary of profession as well as my 93rd birthday. I wish to thank you cordially for your promises of prayer, the beautiful cards and your kind wishes. God bless you all for your generosity!

Claire Beaton, CND

We Are All Connected – Hurting Together and Healing Together.

This was the title and focus of a day conference in Miramichi, NB, sponsored by NB Spiritual and Health Network. Dr. Sameet Kumar, a health care professional from Florida and author of Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss, was our capable facilitator. Participants came from various parts of the province – simultaneous translation available. We explored topics of compassion, stress, resilience, self-care, living through loss, nurturing joy and peace, and the value of sharing our story.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

CRC JPIC Atlantic Network Meeting

The CRC JPIC Atlantic Network met in Moncton October 10-12. I was there along with Sisters Catherine Walker, Eileen Roach and Mary Corbett. There was a lot of energy around the table as we shared our recent justice, peace and ecology work. We brainstormed and visioned together with new CRC JPIC staff person Ferdinand Djayerombe Aweka and CRC Executive Director Timothy Scott. We developed a new structure of a Core Planning Committee to keep us on track in between meetings. We renewed our commitment to the important invitations for action in Laudato Si' with a group reflection. We left hopeful for what is to come with the Network. In the attached picture you can see Srs. Catherine and Eileen hard at work in their small group at the meeting.

Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator

Party Time!

Catherine Crolo House in Toronto hosted a Halloween Tea Party from 2-4 on Sunday to introduce Libby Osgood to the Toronto Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame. Everyone enjoyed the scary cookies made by Libby and ambrosia made by Maureen. While Libby revealed the origins of Halloween (Allhallow's eve) and Virginia gave a quiz, a good time was had by all. Can you guess who these witches are?

Virginia Sullivan, CND



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