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Thomas Berry: Prophet and Mystic of the Earth

By Kathleen Deignan and Kevin Cawley

An e-course is being offered by Spirituality and Practice

July 4 – 29, 2016 at a cost of $59.95 [US funds]

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An exploration of the contemplative depth and call to practice in Thomas Berry's works.

Kathleen and Kevin share a mission to bring ecological wisdom to faith and education communities, particularly the legacy of Thomas Berry and also the challenges of Pope Francis, whose recent letter to the world — Laudato Si — is a global summons to care for our common home. In this way they hope to contribute to The Great Work of our time: healing the human soul that we might heal the Earth.

In this exclusive e-course developed for Spirituality & Practice, Kathleen and Kevin will draw out the contemplative depth and call to practice in Berry's works. They will focus on foundational themes from his life -- like Storyteller of the Universe, Mystic of the Meadow, and Master of Creation Spirituality -- drawn from Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community, published by Orbis in 2014.

You can register for this e-course at: http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/ecourses

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Refugees

Progress of Syrian family sponsored by St. Basil's Parish, Ottawa: Nabil and Manal and their four children arrived last August. Since then they have worked hard improving their English, transitioning to school and work and adjusting to life in Canada. The neighbouring Dovercourt Recreation Centre provided the family with free passes to all programs for a year and 9 weeks of summer camp for the children. Nabil is a skilled body shop technician and has been helped using means other than written ones to receive his apprenticeship papers. He noticed the many discarded bicycles and retrieves, repairs and sells them. Manal is participating with others in the community garden at St. Basil's that will provide the family and others with fresh produce. The parish is in the process of discerning whether to undertake the sponsorship of another family. 

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Celebrating our Jubilarians

The Activity Room at Andrews of Charlottetown was bursting with life and activity from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday, June 19. We celebrated the jubilees of Sisters Sally MacPherson, Marie Fernande Arsenault and the Florence O'Keefe. (Although Sally's name is not on the Jubilee list, she entered with this group, then became part of the January ceremony. She wanted to celebrate with them.) Several of their family members were present as well as the PEI sisters. Other residents dropped in to offer their congratulations. They received flowers and other gifts and many cards containing glorious tributes to their life as CND's. A beautifully decorated Jubilee cake contributed to the festive atmosphere and refreshments were enjoyed by all. We are grateful to all who attended. Informal celebrations continued with our local community in the evening.

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