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Memorable Visit!

                      

Prince Edward Island may be the smallest province in Canada, but the procedures and ceremonies of its Legislative Assembly equal that of any province and probably Ottawa. We were honoured recently by a visit from our Sgt.-At- Arms and Director of Security, W/O Al J. McDonald as well as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Hon. Francis (Buck) Watts. Each explained his responsibilities and gave us many interesting insights into the ceremonial operations of the Legislative Assembly and their symbolism. They took time to socialize with us and offered to pose with us holding the gold-plated Mace.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND


Family Violence Prevention Week

The PEI Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence, of which I was a member many years ago, sponsored many activities to mark this important work of remembering that FAMILY VIOLENCE is a reality in our midst and remembering those who have lost their lives on PEI at the hands of their partners. I was able to participate in part of the Silent Walk of Remembrance on February 17 which was also “wear purple day.” A fitting end to the week was the Quaker Interfaith celebration of remembrance in the UPEI Chaplaincy Center on Friday. As Sister Susan Kidd shared, there was an awesome moment when candles were lit in remembrance of the women who have died in PEI. Red silhouettes represented these women, as was initiated in the USA in 1990 by what is called The Silent Witness Project.

Anne T. Gillis CND JPIC Core Committee


Free Online Event 
Transforming Aging Summit 
March 1-3, 2016

Check it out at www.transformingagingsummit.com and register online. The presenters offer “a new multidimensional view of aging – one of vast potential- that’s infused with vitality, passion and purpose as well as continual growth and service to the world.”

Clara Nasello, CND


Encountering God in Our Human Story: Guided Retreat with Diarmuid O’Murchu

July 4 (11 am) – July 6 (lunch) 2016

Villa Madonna, Saint John, NB

Cost: $230

For more information see www.villamadonna.ca or call 1-866-783-3300.

Incarnation is a theological and spiritual concept in which we call forth and celebrate God’s intensely empowering presence in our lives, not just over the past 2,000 years, but throughout our entire time on this earth…

Diarmuid will be leading a workshop in Kingston, ON

July 7-9, 2016

What Would an Adult Inclusive Church Look Like?

See www.providence.ca

Diarmuid has a book published last summer and available now: Inclusivity. His newest book, “Religious Life in the 21st Century: The Prospect of Refounding”, will be published Summer, 2016.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND


Short Video

I am Miriam, a short anti-trafficking video sent to us from the Sisters of Charity Federation, is posted at www.sistersofcharityic.com website under “About Us ~ Being and Doing Justice.” The video writer/producer Dianna Ortiz is a younger American Ursuline Sister who was brutally raped and tortured in Guatemala as a young missionary. She continues to show great courage and leadership.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND, for JPIC


Day of Thanks

On February 20, 2016, St. Paul's Parish in Summerside, PEI celebrated the Sisters who ministered in the parish and school over the years. This event began with the celebration of the Eucharist followed by a reception in the parish centre. This was a beautiful gesture of gratitude expressed to them for their service. Several parishioners testified to this with expressions of deep appreciation. Former students expressed their gratefulness by saying that the education they received formed them into the persons they are today enabling them to share their gifts in service in the Church and communities.

Donna Egan, CND


Movie Recommendation: "The Lady in the Van"

"The Lady in the Van" is based on the true story of a homeless older woman played superbly by Maggie Smith living in a van on a residential street in London. She eventually moves the van into the driveway of a writer and lives there for 15 years. Through flashbacks we learn her story and are reminded of the story each homeless person carries.

Kathy Kelly, Ottawa

 

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