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Peg Madigan

 When recently asked to share an article on the founding of ARCAN (Atlantic Religious Congregation Associate Networking) I was flooded with memories of our very simple beginning. As Sr. Alma MacLellan, CND, and I were working as co-coordinators in Associate Relationship we had often wondered how other congregations were making out in this relatively new venture. After a time of discernment, letters were sent off to our Maritime communities to invite those who were involved in associate leadership to gather together for a two-day  sharing session with us in Pictou. We began our meeting with prayer followed by a very open agenda, which offered lots of opportunity to share thoughts, ideas and ended with plans to gather again. From these simple beginnings ARCAN has grown into a vibrant network for all religious and associates in Atlantic Canada.

At a recent ARCAN Regional Conference Sr. Margie Gillis, SC, shared an overview of ARCAN. These are some excerpts from her presentation: “ARCAN owes some measure of gratitude to it founders, Alma MacLellan, CND, and Peg Madigan, CND Associate. Twelve years ago when they came up with the idea, it was new, it was a risk. As with most things of this sort one usually doesn’t realize it’s significance, it’s future value, until much later. It’s rather interesting perhaps even prophetic that the original committee members chose the word ‘networking’ to describe this new Atlantic wide accumulation of sisters and their associates.”

In closing, both Alma and I would like to thank Margie and all the core team members and the sisters and associates who have attended and worked so hard in building and keeping the spirit of ARCAN alive and growing. May ARCAN continue to grow and deepen in its mission and vision of associate relationship. 

 

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