Join places of worship across the nation, the Washington National Cathedral, the Newtown Foundation and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of more than 50 national denominations and faith-based organizations, to remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, pray for those whose lives have been forever changed because of the loss of a loved one, and to educate one another on proven strategies to reduce gun violence.
The annual Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath weekend this year will be December 10-14. It will begin with a kickoff event at the National Cathedral in Washington DC on December 10th. Then congregations across the nation will participate in weekend events of prayer, song, vigils and education. December 14th is the actual anniversary of the tragic Newtown shooting.
There are many resources on the December Sabbath website to help you plan. Let's keep raising our voices for change by pledging to participate in December Sabbath 2015.
The Congrégation de Notre-Dame is one of
Eight Religious Communities to Receive the
2015 Builders Award
On September 28, 2015, Sisters Josephine Badali and Françoise Boisvert will receive the 2015 Builders Award during a ceremony held by l’Association des Collèges privés du Québec (ACPQ). Created a few years ago in honour of the first builders of the subsidized private college system, this distinction is intended for the men and women who have had a significant influence on the development and quality of the private college network.
JPIC Update: Our Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Office has had a very busy summer. After the Corporate Stance process in May, our Core Committee members attended the national CRC JPIC in Toronto, and we had our own meeting afterward. In June, our JPIC circulated a Press Release to join our voice to the widespread public welcome to Laudato Si, from Pope Francis. In July, I was occupied preparing a presentation on the Encyclical for the Congregation of Notre Dame Social Justice Network taking place in August. We are currently joining with our sister organization Development & Peace, as they carry out a Climate Action fall campaign. In the short term we are focused on the Paris U.N. Climate Conference and our long-term sites will be worked out at our annual JPIC Core Committee meeting to be held in Montreal in October.