“A Sacred Threshold: What Does This Moment Hold For Us?”

On January 25-27 2016 the CRC gathered Ontario leaders of congregations, their JPIC representatives and interested religious for a conference designed to explore the role of religious at this critical juncture in our conflictual world. 

Participants recognized the need for new awarenesses to inform our dialogue and the freeing up of a new reconciling energy among people and societies with different worldviews, and the vital role for the collective voice of religious congregations and our partners in a society in the midst of transformation.

The planning and event itself was coordinated by Joyce Murray, CSJ.  With the help of challenging input by Sue Wilson, CSJ, and expert facilitation by Joan Atkinson, CSJ, and Fay Edmonds, GSIC, the group explored such questions as: “How do we understand the sacred energy among us at this time of the emergence of a new spirituality in response to the new science? Are we not challenged to become evolutionary change agents? What is the new that God is doing among us and what does this moment hold for us? Might there be a new way of being and acting together toward greater wholeness and unity?”

Deeply inspiring prayers created by Marlene Kelly, GSIC, and Anne Taylor, GSIC, were woven seamlessly throughout the community reflection and greatly enriched it.

This CRC gathering generated much energy and many suggestions for follow-up. Precious seeds were sown …. 

Photos CRC: 1. Participants at the workshop 2. Sue Wilson, CSJ

CRC JPIC Atlantic Network Fall Gathering

The Atlantic JPIC Network of the CRC held it's fall meeting in Moncton, NB, on October 28 and 29, 2015. 

More than 30 participants attended and discussed issues related to : refugee crisis, environment and poverty. 

The network decided to take action on Divestment from fossil fuels by organizing a conference on that theme.

The March gathering of the network will be on this important ethical issue.

Photo: Participants at the CRC JPIC Atlantic fall meeting.

Upcoming CRC Workshop - A Sacred Threshold: What Does this Moment Hold for Us?

​The Canadian Religious Conference is inviting its Ontario leaders and their teams and members of the CRC Ontario JPIC Network to come together in a discernment of the new thing God is doing among us. How can we tap a graced reconciling energy to release our capacity to be change-makers in a world of deep divisions?

This workshop will take place on January 25, 2016 (beginning with supper) to January 27, 2016 (12:00 p.m.) at the Providence Spirituality Centre, Kingston ON. The resource person will be Sue Wilson, CSJ. The CRC workshop will be facilitated by Joan Atkinson, CSJ and Fay Edmonds, GSIC. Click on the flyer

To register, open and download this PDF document: 
CRC Worshop Registration Form (accomodation and meal fees not included)

Accomodation and meal fees: Participants are to make their own arrangements with Providence Spirituality Centre. 
Open and download this form: Accomodation and Meal Fees

Notice to those who have not yet registered for the CRC January 25-27 workshop in Kingston

Please note that accommodation is now full at the Providence Centre. Rooms are now to be booked with the Peach Tree motel across the street. Only cheques for meals are to be sent to the Providence Centre. Thank you for your understanding.

CRC Ontario JPIC Gathering

The CRC Ontario JPIC Gathering will be held November 4 and 5, 2015 at Scarborough Foreign Mission Centre. The theme is: Moving Forward Together. The regular fall meeting of the CRC KAIROS network will take place at the same time.

The speakers are: 

Sheila Smith, RSCJ: What is reconciliation?

Wawahte working group from Kingston
(a residential school documentary group)

Ed Bianchi:  KAIROS and the TRC follow-up.

Jennifer Henry: Theological reflection

To register, open and download this PDF document: CRC JPIC Gathering Registration Form

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.


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.  

Open and download this 2 PDF documents:
CRC JPIC 2015 Gathering Registration Form
JPIC Gathering Accomodation Form