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Mosaic by Claire Jacmin-Park

Congrégation de Notre-Dame Contribution to Sowing Hope for the Planet Campaign

With a desire to highlight and share with each other how Religious Communities are bringing the message of Laudato Sí to life, the UISG in Rome initiated the Sowing Hope for the Planet campaign.

By participating in the Campaign, we are continuing in our commitment to care for our Common Home. The Campaign will enrich our reflection, consolidate our actions and initiate new actions.

This weekend, slides from Campaign participants will be shown at the UISG plenary. Our contribution is a piece of art, a mosaic. Wishing to find ways to communicate contemplatively with our hearts, all Provinces and Regions worked together to combine examples of transforming actions that we take as we strive for solidarity, justice and peace. The grout holding it all together is our common mission and our pledge to liberating education that brings us to encounters with others and the earth. We hope that this mosaic can be an inspiration for all participating communities, enrich reflection and stimulate action. The Mosaic was created by Claire Jacmin-Park, a recent graduate from the Fine Arts program at Concordia University in Montreal. While the images are all from recent events, the placement, colour and silhouette of the piece evoke a sense of energy and movement from action to action that is deeply grounded in the wisdom that ‘everything is connected’ (Laudato Sí 49). Claire told us that she anchored her interpretation on the spirit of collaboration and joy that she discovered in her encounter with the CND community.

Monica Lambton, JPIC coordinator

The Convent 

On Saturday, April everal CND sisters attended an information session at the former Holy Angels Convent in Sydney, NS. As you know, the convent was purchased by New Dawn Enterprises, a non-profit organization and Canada's oldest community development corporation. This organization believes that anything can be accomplished when engaged people come together and apply the best planning, business and organizational principles in response to community needs.

Their organization provides in-home health care, immigration settlement services, affordable housing, community investment and meal security programs for more than 600 people per day.

There is a need in Cape Breton for a structure that would provide creative producers of all genres with long-term, affordable work (studio) and collaborative spaces.

Now New Dawn will establish The Convent - a centre for arts and culture to harness the power of Cape Breton creativity in pursuit of community and economic revitalization. To view a three and a half minute video of what will be, check out:

All information is taken from New Dawn's booklet: The Convent.

Connie MacIsaac, CND

Going to the Peripheries

One of the many ways I go to the periphery is with a Ladies Circle. In all our local areas there are many women who do not consider themselves part of organized religion or even religious. However, they are spiritual seekers, yearning for sharing and community. My friend Kathryn, who is a United Church Minister and I invite a number of women to join us each month. It always happens around the time of full moon which has become our anchor.

We follow a ritual of readings from various spiritual writings such as Rumi, John O’Donahue, Joyce Rupp and others. There is always a time of reflection and sharing. We end our time together with my homemade bread and soup. Our meetings are very popular and well attended. About 15 women come each month – we always meet at my place... next time is May 7. Very highly recommended!

Frances Connell, Associate, Miramichi

UPEI heads to KAIROS Atlantic!

Follow the adventure on social media using #KAIROSAtlantic and #KAIROSAtlanticPEI

Also, our delegates are publishing a blog. Click this link to follow along...

Susan Kidd, CND

WHRT Meeting 

The Wellness and Health Resource Team and the health care coordinators gathered on Tuesday, April 30, at the Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre in Summerside, PE. The following day, Dr. Beverley Musgrave facilitated a presentation which focused on “Grieving our Losses.” She shared from her experience in pastoral care and counselling. The WHRT Committee is grateful for this time together and the opportunity to learn from each other in this ministry.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND, with WHRT members



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