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Leadership Team - Visitation Province

Sisters Ann Broderick and Nina Glinski were among the 300 women and men religious at the 2014 General Assembly of the Canadian Religious Conference which was held May 29 - June 1. The theme was “Beyond Frontiers a call to transformation.”

The guest speaker, Anthony Gittins, CSSP theologian, professor, and author of fifteen books, led a two-day workshop on his vision of Intercultural living.

Intercultural living is authentic discipleship lived by culturally different people together. Gittins says, “This is the way international communities must go, if they are to survive.”

The three guiding principles of the workshop were:

1. We are called to build a house where everyone belongs.

2. God creates difference. Therefore difference is good.

3. God created an inclusive community.

Intercultural living according to Gittins is not a problem but a challenge, an opportunity of grace, it is faith based living.

Sunday morning June 1st, was a resurrection experience as we heard of Sister Gilberte and the two priests being released. “Did you hear,” could be heard throughout the dining room. What an experience of oneness in giving thanks to God.

Future of the CRC: A discussion was had on the question: How can the CRC be an organization that religious men and women want to belong to and find useful at the present time?

The vision that emerged included the following:

1. Greater inclusivity and support for new forms of religious life that are emerging in Canada.

2. Creating a closer link with CRC local regions and appreciating regional differences.

3. Targeting CRC services to the development of leadership.

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