Abbot Peter Novecosky, OSB, a member of the CRC's Administration Council, shares short news about the life of religious congregations in Alberta.
1. The Daughters of Jesus (Les Filles de Jesus) congregational leaders from Canada, Europe, Africa and England held a Council of the Congregation in Bogota, Columbia July 29 to Aug. 16, this year. They looked at the life of the Sisters in all their foundations and prepared for the General Chapter to be held in France in 2016. They lived with their Sisters in South America to experience their lifestyle and concerns as they work for the poor.
2. The Sisters of Charity of St. Louis (SCSL) are working with Calgary Catholic Immigration Services in hosting Tibetan refugees. This started in November, 2013. One of the communities, which has separate small apartments, is welcoming two women at a time. They stay for approximately 3 months, find employment and other accommodation before they move out. Then they welcome another two women in the same cycle. They have had 6 women to date. “This involvement with these courageous women has been a blessing for our communities,” Sr. Pat Derbyshire writes.
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To begin, all you need to do is send in the name of the peacemaker of your choice accompanied by a text (about 10 lines) that explains why you would like this person to receive the 2015 Public Peace Prize. Send your nomination to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Public Peace Prize is the only peace award based on the public’s choice, allowing everyone to make a difference by nominating or supporting the nomination of someone who is working for peace, whether they are already well-known or completely unknown.
All nominations are expected to be sent before October 31, 2014, at midnight.
There are 6 categories of prize. For further information go to the Public Peace Prize website: publicpeaceprize.org/
This year's KAIROSFall Regional Gathering (Cambrian-Agassiz Region) will take place on Friday, October 24th (7-10 pm.) and Saturday, October 25th (9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) at Churchill Park United Church, 525 Beresford Avenue, Winnipeg, MB (bus route 16).
Friday evening will feature The Blanket exercise, a KAIROS learning tool.
Saturday morning will feature Alfredo Barahona from Kairos' Head Office speaking on our national theme this year, Watershed Discipleship, as well as a presentation on the the implications of EnergyEast pipeline for our water.
Saturday afternoon will feature Katherine Sinclair, organizer of the Lake Winnipeg Water Walk and biologist Lisette Ross (Nature & Science working together).
Believing in Heaven and Protecting the Earth
Members of various churches from around Quebec will be gathering for the 3rd Green Church Conference. These popular conferences provide an opportunity for participants to reflect together on the environmental challenges facing the planet and to share information about the solutions various churches have developed to better care for it. The event will be held at St-Ignace-de-Loyola Church in Quebec City on April 14, 2015.
The keynote speaker and theme will be announced in January.
Government leaders from across the globe will be meeting in New York City on September 23 for a one-day United Nations climate summit. The People’s Climate March precedes it on September 21 and will send out a massive, united call for climate justice and a strong climate treaty.
KAIROS invites you to participate in this historic mobilization from wherever you are! Some suggestions:
Check out ClimateFast, which KAIROS has endorsed, as it counts down to this year’s fast on Parliament Hill (September 28 to October 2) and extends an invitation to everyone to join in fasting on the first day of each month.
Citizens for Public Justice, in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Churches, has created resources for faith communities in Canada specifically related to the UN summit and the People’s Climate March.
Green Faith, an interfaith coalition based in New Jersey, is offering resources and an invitation to faith communities to become Climate March Faith Communities.
KAIROS has a long history of advocacy for climate justice and has produced in-depth analysis on climate change that can help to put the September events into perspective.
KAIROS also has a new Watershed Discipleship workshop hot off the press that includes biblical and personal reflection, consideration of the issues facing your watershed, and the opportunity to connect those issues with others across Canada and around the world.
If you would like to go to New York for the march and are in the Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal area, buses are being organized.
This past summer, Development and Peace organized an educators' trip to Peru. A group of Catholic school teachers, along with some family members and friends took part in the trip.
Anne-Marie Lavoie writes: "The watchword given to the 16 pilgrims is openness: openness to others, to a different culture, cuisine, to ways of doing things that are different from the “gringos” which we are. From teachers, we become apprentices: the Peruvian women show us how to prepare empanadas, pies and other desserts that we will sell at the market, bellowing the prices in our broken Spanish, how to make traditional necklaces and bracelets, but especially to take the time to experience life. In this country, the here and now and human relationships take on their full significance. We have time for real exchanges, we reconnect with the essential."