CRC JPIC Saskatchewan Network Members Gather for their Spring Meeting
Saskatoon Diocesan JPIC Activities
Myron Rogal, Director of the Saskatoon Diocesan Office for Social Justice, and Carol Zubiac, Chairperson of the Diocesan Social Justice Commission, gave a most interesting hour-long presentation of the JPIC vision and activities in the diocese. As Myron outlined, the principles of Catholic Social teaching serve as guidelines for this ministry. Carol emphasised the particular areas on which the commission is concentrating, including follow-up to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s event in Saskatoon some time ago. It was noted that Jon Hansen, Ludvina Scheck and Judy Schactel are some of the religious on sub-committees of the commission.
UNANIMA A Vital UN NGO
At the beginning of the afternoon, Sylvia Obrig gave an excellent long-awaited presentation on UNANIMA, a UN NGO which represents 19 religious congregations of women religious throughout the world. The criterion for membership is that a congregation have an international ministry presence. Sylvia sits on the board as the representative of the Sisters of Sion in Canada and the U.S. The UNANIMA Executive Director and three staff persons attend many UN committee meetings with the goal of bringing the perspective of their members and all religious to deliberations and declarations.
CRC'S JPIC Atlantic Network Fall Gathering
At the Oct. 29-30 fall gathering of the CRC’s JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) Atlantic network, Roma De Robertis, SCIC, (left) and Irène Leger, NDSC, offered a presentation at the NDSC motherhouse in Moncton, New Brunswick highlighting the 65th annual DPI NGO conference held in late August at the United Nations in New York City. DPI refers to the UN’s Department of Public Information which organized the conference.
Displayed on the conference bag, the theme was “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,” referring to global action on climate change and Sustainable Development Goals. As NGO liaisons for their congregations, Irène and Roma participated in the conference with the (Sisters of Charity) Federation.
Irène lives in Plympton, Nova Scotia while Roma is based in Saint John, N.B. During their presentation, they incorporated reflections by Marion Sheridan, CSM who was at the UN conference as NGO liaison for the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish, N.S., but unable to be present in Moncton. Marion was hosting Federation NGO representative Caroljean Willie, SC who was invited to be 2014 honorary social justice chair for the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.
NDSC (based in Moncton), CSM (Antigonish), Halifax SC and SC of the Immaculate Conception (Saint John) are the four Canadian-based Federation congregations participating with others in the JPIC Atlantic network. Irène and Roma noted that Sheilagh Martin, SC (Halifax) was also at the NGO conference at the UN. At JPIC Atlantic gatherings, her community is represented by another Sister from Halifax.
Photo: Mary Corbett, CND
CRC JPIC National Gathering: Registration Now Closed
Registration for the CRC National JPIC Gathering in June 2-4, 2015 is now closed. We have reached the 100-seating capacity of the conference room.
The CRC is organising another JPIC National Gathering! Under the theme “All Is One: Weaving A Single Cloth For Justice,” this time it will gather from across Canada English-speaking women and men religious and their Associates and Collaborators in the pursuit of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. It will be held June 2-4, 2015 at the Mary Ward Centre of Loretto College in Toronto.
Caroll Zinn, SSJ, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker. Sister Zinn is the Past-President of the American LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious). She has worked in grassroots-based international movements as consultant and facilitator and was the main representative for the Congregation of St. Joseph NGO at the United Nations.
The gathering will be facilitated by Dolores Hall, Ph.D. She is an experienced facilitator, spiritual director and teacher with a passion for justice. She is currently a member of the Providence Spirituality Centre Team in Kingston, Ontario.
We invite as many members of CRC JPIC networks as possible to attend, including French-speaking members who understand English. Associates and collaborators involved in the JPIC ministry or interested in the theme of the gathering are also invited.
In addition to the registration fee of $175 which includes 2 lunches, 1 dinner, breaks and a social, other costs include overnight accommodation for those who need it ($51 a night including breakfast) and any extra meals (meal tickets are available). The registration fee is partly intended also to help cover limited travel compensation for those at a distance. Note that the registration fee will go up to 200$ after April 2, 2015.