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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." John 4:7

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 Theme Announced By: Fr Thomas Orians, SA

Associate Director – Graymoor

Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute

The 2015 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been selected. For the coming year the theme finds its origins in the Gospel of John:4:1-42. The initial work on the theme for this year’s Week of Prayer material was prepared by a group of representatives from

The National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil (CONIC). CONIC appointed a working group formed by representatives from its member churches and affiliated ecumenical organizations to arrive at the theme. The texts were then approved at a meeting held in São Paulo, Brazil of the International Committee composed of members of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting of Christian Unity.

The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman invites us to try water from a different well and also to offer a little of our own. In diversity, we enrich each other. When Jesus says to her, “please give me a drink” it implies an ethical action that recognizes the need for one another in living out the Church’s mission. It compels us to change our attitude, to commit ourselves to seek unity in the midst of our diversity, through our openness to a variety of forms of prayer and Christian spirituality. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a privileged moment for prayer, encounter and dialogue. It is an opportunity to recognize the richness and value that are present in the other, the different, and to ask God for the gift of unity.

The traditional period in the northern hemisphere for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18-25 January. Those dates were proposed in 1908 by Paul Wattson, Founder of the Society of the Atonement, to cover the original days of the feasts of the Chair of St. Peter (January 18) and the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25) , and therefore have a symbolic significance. 

Marguerite's Feast Day Celebration in Halifax

Marguerite Bourgeoys, our Foundress, was duly celebrated in our Halifax Community. Prior to the actual day, Ann Broderick hosted a lovely evening at her home during which time we truly experienced Visitation among us. What a delicious meal she cooked! On the actual Feast, sisters, associates, many parishioners and friends gathered at the newly formed Marguerite Parish where Eucharist was celebrated by Joe Mackinnon, with the homily capably delivered by sister Connie MacIsaac. Sister Connie spoke with confidence and great clarity about Marguerite highlighting her many positive characteristics. It was obvious that Connie knows and loves Marguerite. Generous women from the parish served a lovely lunch. It was interesting to enter into and also observe Visitation is being lived among us.

 

Thank You, Joan

Sr. Joan Mahoney’s beautiful St. Marguerite Bourgeoys prayer service for January 12 reminds us of the broad, open arms that must have been Marguerite’s as she stood at the shore waiting for the women who would arrive in Montreal in 1663. She was able to anticipate their needs, to welcome them... despite the reserve of other Sisters in the fledgling community. Segue to....

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