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Karri Munn-Venn, Senior Policy Analyst at CITIZENS for PUBLIC JUSTICE (CPJ) recently wrote to thank us for our participation in the Give It Up For the Earth campaign. The thanks belongs to each of you who took the time to make changes in your life to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and return the postcard to CPJ letting the federal government know that you want them to end all subsidies to the fossil fuel sector right away. Karri wrote, “We were thrilled by the number of organizers that participated. There were 150 of you in at least 80 towns and cities in every Canadian province, plus the Yukon. We also had a few participants in the United States. All told, nine major denominations were represented and nearly 20,000 post-cards were distributed. That’s almost double over last year!” The postcards will be delivered to Minister McKenna in the next few weeks and Karri will pass on the final tally at that time.

 “You are called to care for creation not only as responsible citizens, but also as followers if Christ.” – Pope Francis

Anna Rowley

Development and Peace

The Maritime Regional Meeting of Development and Peace was held April 27-29 at the Villa Madonna Retreat House in Rothesay, NB. One of the resources that we received was a brochure entitled “26 Acts of Peace” that was created by the YMCA. These are great examples of how we as individuals can promote peace.

26 Acts of Peace

1) Add your voice to important issues facing the world.

2) Buy fair trade, local or organic.

3) Talk with children about the many ways they can contribute to peace.

4) Give a donation to support an international cause.

5) Stay informed about community issues.

6) Learn about other cultures through films and books.

7) Help an elderly neighbour.

8) Share your commitment to peace with others.

9) Start a blog on peace issues.

10) Assist newcomers with adapting to your community.

11) Meditate or do yoga.

12) Conserve water and energy.

13) Organize a peace themed event at your school.

14) Listen deeply to others.

15) Collect donations for local food banks.

16) Join a neighbourhood community group.

17) Resolve conflict through peaceful discussion.

18) Post a video about your message of peace online.

19) Hold a peace march in your community.

20) Volunteer with the YMCA or another peace focused organization.

21) Treat others the way you want to be treated.

22) Visit diverse areas of worship in your community.

23) Keep an open mind.

24) Ask questions rather than make assumptions.

25) Be the change you want to see in the world.

26) Speak up when something is unfair.

Marjorie Allison-Ross

Associate Presentation to Chapter

Sunday April 15th, 2018 I had the pleasure of joining the Pictou and New Glasgow Associates as they gathered at the Glebe House in Pictou, NS. We started with a luncheon, to which everyone contributed. Plenty of tea flowed and good conversation circled the table. This was followed by the Associate Presentation to Visitation Province Chapter July 2017. The Associates helped bring the presentation alive by volunteering to read various sections. The videos within the presentation, the reading from Luke, our Mission-Vision words, our Group Wisdom statement together with the readings about our past and future all contributed to a grace-filled gathering. The local Associates were very appreciative of the work that went into creating the hour long presentation. As always our time together was too short.

Anna Rowley

Vocation Awareness

April 6th was a date to remember as we, the local Associates of Cape Breton received word from Sr. Gwen O’Neil, CND, that we were invited to Parkland, Cape Breton on April 18th to view a DVD on Vocation Awareness. There was a sense of joy as 10 of our Associates gathered to hear wisdom from Sr. Teresa Maya, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Her ministry has been in education; however, her passion is for the formation of ministers for Hispanics in the United States.

In her introduction, Sr. Gwen noted the similarities in the presentation by Sr. Maya and our Chapter Orientation and Visitation Directive. This held true as we listened to Sr. Maya speak of “Encuentro: A Call For Our Time”. Sr. Maya noted that religious communities need to address the issues that emerge when we encounter the “other”, the unnamed “isms” which distance us from the places of Encuentro, a Spanish word that holds many meanings, some of which are encounter and getting together. She began with a question: “Why the urgency to re-imagine formation around the call to encuentro? Why would encuentro, and I am using the Spanish intentionally, be so critical to our life as religious and to our initial and ongoing formation? We must begin with this question as we gather from across the country, and even from different parts of the globe, with the single purpose of having a conversation about formation in religious life that will help us recognize Grace in the Now: The Gospel of Encounter.”

It was heart-warming as she mentioned Pope Francis who says that our great challenge is to create a culture of encounter, which encourages individuals and groups to share the richness of their traditions and experiences, to break down walls and to build bridges. He adds that we need to become ever more fully a community of missionary disciples, filled with love of the Lord Jesus and enthusiasm for the spread of the gospel. The Christian community is meant to be a sign and prophecy of God’s plan for the entire human family.

All were in agreement that the DVD was well presented and afterward Sr. Gwen offered questions for contemplation and dialogue from the gathered group, some of which were:

  • What does your “Encuentro” space look like?
  • What are the “Encuentro” places of our religious life as Sisters and Associates?
  • How ready am I personally to embrace a culture of “Encuentro”?

As is fitting to all things CND, we enjoyed a time of “fiesta” after our time of “encuentro” before we returned to our homes, richly blessed for a “newer” opportunity to live the words of our Mission and Vision Statement: In a spirit of openness and mutuality with the sisters, we share the charism of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

Submitted by Winnie Odo on behalf of the Sydney and Surrounding area Associates.

News from Mabou Associates

Guest Speaker Visits Mabou Associates

At the April monthly meeting of Sisters and Associates which took place on the evening of April 19th, Sr. Isabel lead the group in a lively discussion on the book we are currently reading, “Reflections on the Peace Prayer of St Francis of Assisi”. In keeping with the theme we invited Betty Jane Cameron of West Mabou to talk about her trips to Africa. She has been there three times and on her last trip she stayed 3 months. She spoke about her preparations to travel and how much luggage she took with her. She had 9 large bags filled with items for the students. She had 3 guitars, flutes and her keyboard. She also had a suitcase full of candy to pass out, all thanks to a group of children from Inverness who donated money to buy candy for the children in Africa.

Betty Jane is a remarkable woman who has a calling. In the book, “Reflections on the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi” the basic message “little Christs” who walk in the foot-prints of the Lord and Divine Master, we are challenged to look beyond “me” to “thee” – to God and others. Betty Jane is definitely doing just that. We ended the evening with a very good cup of tea and treats.

Josephine MacNeil







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