We are reporting on the visits that we made to some of the Associate Groups in Nova Scotia in September. All the groups were so hospitable and welcomed us into their homes. They are also excellent cooks – we enjoyed birthday chocolate cake, biscuits, squares, breads, jams at their gatherings! Yum Yum!
Our first visit was in Truro, NS, at the home of Joan Fraser on September 14 in the afternoon. Six Associates were able to attend. In addition to prayer and their regular meeting, they celebrated the Truro Associate September birthdays. As it turned out, it was Roby Barrett’s birthday! At the September meeting each year, one of the Associates brings red roses (one for each Associate) in honour of Sr Anne Gillis, CND, who always gave each Associate a rose on their birthday.
Standing: Mary Lou Chaisson, Marjorie Allison-Ross, Trudy Cox, Bev Brazil, Joan Fraser. Sitting: Anne Marie MacDonald, Roby Barrett.
Grace, upon Grace, upon Grace... These words summarize a movement of God’s Grace in the Province’s 40WomenForward movement. It begins when Sister Ann Marie Strileckis offers to be a member of the Province Vocation Committee. It continues at the Summer Assembly at a lunch meeting of the Committee. Sr. Ann Marie mentions that she has had a group of young women who have been asking for “more” in their faith development. Sr. Mary Ann Rossi suggests Quonnie, the perfect place for this. These young women had been gathering with Sr. Ann Marie: hence the “Pray and Play” day at Quonnie. As a follow up to this great day, Srs. Ann Marie, Kathleen Dorney and Mary Ann Rossi traveled to Federal Court in Hartford to witness Mary Oo and her brother become citizens. Mary’s family is part of the Karen Community who worship at Sr. Ann Marie’s parish. Mary is also a student at St. Joseph’s University where Sr. Kathleen Dorney served as Campus Minister.
Aware that human actions are putting the earth in peril, we pledge to work with others in a spirit of dialogue:
- to safeguard the earth and the equitable sharing of resources;
- and to ensure quality of life for all humanity, indeed for all creation.
Hence, we plan to take concrete action and remain loyal to our Chapter orientation (2011-2016) pertaining to simplicity for mission.
While pursuing our commitments to various important issues, we are aware that it is urgent that we take action against climate change. For 2014-2015, within the framework of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, we are committed to raising awareness in our areas and to taking action in order to slow down climate change. Each province and region will include at least one concrete measure in its Plan of Action.
We also pledge to develop the spirituality which underlies this orientation in connection with the charism of Marguerite Bourgeoys.