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Eleanor McQuaid, CND

On Sunday, April 6, about ten CND sisters participated in the annual meeting of Development & Peace for the Diocese of Charlottetown. There was a record attendance along with excellent presentations. In many ways we were challenged to become aware of the sufferings of refugees. Danny Gillis had us walk on a simulated trek from our “comfort zones” to end up in a “refugee camp.” After a video interview with a child in such a camp, we heard personally from a young man who had actually lived through such a journey from his native Bhutan to a new life of freedom here on P.E.I. with his family.

Following refreshments, we were further moved by appropriate songs: “Precious Child” (Ron Kelly and Ann Quinn), “Working Man” (Rita MacNeil), also one of Gene MacLellan’s pieces. A question period reinforced the seriousness of unchecked climate change which causes so much migration and could lead to the possible extinction of even the human species within the next century.

The meeting concluded with the presentation of a national certificate of merit to long-time D&P supporter Rev. Art Pendergast. The afternoon was a well-planned, very enriching experience.

(Reminder: D&P has a beautiful Way of the Cross prepared.)


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