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The Green Ribbon stands for:

• Caring and concern about the planet’s climate crisis.

• Intention to work for climate solutions.

• Support for strong climate action and climate justice now.

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Becky McKenna, CND 

Women Religious in Atlantic Canada

Tuesday, October 27th, I attended a free public lecture at the Halifax Central Library. The lecture, entitled “Habits and History: The Impact of Women Religious in Atlantic Canada”, was delivered by Dr. Heidi MacDonald, Associate Professor of History at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Dr. MacDonald illustrated how the history of Atlantic Canada, especially the histories of education, health care, feminism and religion cannot be fully understood without an understanding of the role of women religious. Of particular interest to me was the role of the Congregation of Notre Dame (CND). The first woman religious in what was then Acadia, was a CND Sister stationed at Port Royal in 1684 tasked with teaching the children to read and write. In 1727 one CND Sister went to Louisbourg and stayed for a few years. Three other CND Sisters arrived there in the 1730’s. The CNDs were deported along with others from Louisbourg twice, in 1745 & 1758. After this second siege there were no sisters in Atlantic Canada for almost 100 years. This region was part of the Diocese of Quebec and the Bishop at the time had a policy of “unstudied neglect” when it came to the Atlantic region. From 1833 various congregations arrived helping to shape the history of this area. Dr. MacDonald’s illustrated talk gave examples from the past to Vatican II through to the present. This talk was filmed and there is a plan to turn it into a DVD which will be made available to the congregations. This lecture was sponsored by the Atlantic congregations of men and women religious, as part of the Year of Consecrated Life.

Anna Rowley, CND Associate Coordinator 

Olympic Gold Medals Come to Andrews

On October 16, we were honoured by a visit from Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Heather Moyse. We saw a video of her more recent performance and her "golden" moment on the podium. Heather spoke of the three mottos by which she lives: "Believe in possibilities… Have no regrets… Live to inspire." For Heather, this occasion provided a reunion with Sisters Sally MacPherson and Marie Fernande Arsenault who were teaching kindergarten when she attended in Summerside. We had the opportunity to admire, handle and even wear her medals. What a "Golden" opportunity.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND 

Sunday, October 25, 2015 a grand day for a walk with Development and Peace!

Approximately 50 people gathered at St. Dunstan's Basilica, Charlottetown. At 1:30 the walk was launched with a 10-minute talk on climate change by Tara Hurford, animator for the Atlantic Region. As the walk began the police escort set a nice tone flanking front and back. People walked in peace carrying the D&P banner and placards while acknowledging honking from on going traffic. The walk was truly a positive experience exuding an energy of hope among the crowd. Approximately 40 people who were not able to participate in the walk gathered at St. Pius X church and warmly welcomed the walkers. Lunch was served followed with a wonderful program of prayer, short videos, short presentations, dialogue and discussion focusing on the 2015 Fall theme 'Create a Climate of Change'. This was truly a gathering in solidarity and hope. In the words of Chairperson, Mary Boyd "I'm sure Pope Francis would be delighted with all of these attempts to work for justice for people and for our planet."

Dorena Hall, JPIC Core Committee 


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