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Vocation Ministry

Over the last twenty (20) to forty (40) years we have become acutely aware of our growing diminishment. Downsizing our infrastructure in recent years is one visible sign of diminishment. The average age of our sisters continues to rise. There has been a major decline in the number of Sisters in active ministry. We see an increase in the number of Sisters moving into assisted living and long term care, not to mention the number that die each year. During these years, we have witnessed a huge decline in new vocations. This familiar landscape, common to all Religious Congregations, is explored by Sister Amy Hereford, CSJ in an article entitled “Vocation Ministry on the Precipice”. 

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Status of Women website

The Status of Women website provides information about a number of initiatives in support of gender equality and the development of a Federal Strategy against Gender-based Violence. There is a good section on gender-based analysis i.e. measuring gender equality. There is information about funding possibilities and links to publications. You can view at http://swc-cfc.gc.ca/index-en.html 

 

 

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Sally Armstrong and Local History

On Saturday, June 25th the Miramichi Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society welcomed author and journalist Sally Armstrong. Sally spoke mainly about her books: The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, the story of her great-great-great grandmother; and Ascent of Women, with stories of her work in Afghanistan. Charlotte Taylor was a courageous early settler in the Miramichi area. Archival research shows she made the journey on foot (snowshoes, mostly) from Miramichi to Fredericton to lay claim to her late husband’s property. The book (Vintage Press: 2007) is a fascinating story of a strong woman who survived and thrived in hard times; she lived from 1755 to 1841. Her extended family continues to hold a reunion every five years. 

Sally’s presentation was at the Friendly Neighbor Senior Citizens Centre in Nelson-Miramichi, N.B. The building used to be what we called “the little white school,” a small elementary school where many of our CND sisters taught in decades past! 

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