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Talk by Professor Tor Iorapuu, St. Thomas Chaplaincy & Diocesan Council of Dev&Peace

On March 8th, St. Thomas Chaplaincy and the Diocesan Council of Development and Peace hosted a talk by Professor Tor Iorapuu, Executive Director of Youth Adolescent Reflection and Action Centre (YARAC) in North-Central Nigeria. A Development and Peace partner, YARAC is actively involved in peace building among and between Christians and Muslims in a country with a decades-long history of violence between ethnic and religious groups. They also have programs to empower women, to encourage entrepreneurs, and to promote the need for ecological and social justice in their country. Professor Iorapuu credits much of YARAC's success, particularly in "planting trees of social cohesion" among a new generation of young Nigerians, to the aid of Development and Peace and its generous supporters. I appreciated being there for the presentation and found him to be one of the best speaker-visitors. Also enjoyed the discussion after the formal talk! More info about D&P is available at www.devp.org

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Developing Contemplative Presence: Heart Leaders for these Dangerous, Delicate Times

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Developing Contemplative Presence: Heart Leaders for these Dangerous, Delicate Times

May 20th – 22nd 2016

This weekend offers us an opportunity to focus on a dimension of religious life that has been in the shadows for some time as religious women became activists in the years following the Vatican Council. Now, in a time of diminishing numbers and the limitations of aging members, a call to live more contemplatively and compassionately (Heart Presence) is arising in specific and urgent ways. During this weekend, both teaching and practicing will offer and encourage a practical welcoming of these dimensions into our lives.

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Associate News

Provincial Chapter March 10-13, 2016: Fifteen associates will be representing the associates at the Provincial Chapter. On Saturday, March 12, they will meet with Sr. Jean McLoughlin, SSND to discern and elect one participant and two alternates for the August General Chapter. After the Provincial Chapter, they will share their experience and the results of that Chapter in local Associate communities. Please pray that the Spirit will guide all the associates and sisters at the Chapter. 

CORE Committee for Strategic Planning: On February 6, 12 pm – 3 pm, the Core Committee for Strategic Planning (“CCSP”) met for the second time, with four members at Wilton and four on group Skype. While each associate has received the results of this meeting, a brief review follows. 

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