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From fragility to grace : Vulnerability as a space of transformations

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Date & Time
28 September 2022, 11 h 00 min - 12 h 30 min


National webinar with simultaneous translation
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm. (EDT)

Context and presentation

During the year 2021-2022, the CRC offered programming including several webinars exploring the themes of charism, prophetism, and issues concerning the future of consecrated life (leadership, governance, statistics). From these discussions, an important concept emerged: vulnerability. Consecrated persons experience it in various ways, whether it be vulnerability associated with aging, questions about community life and the mission of the Church, the wounds stemming from abuse and scandals, or pressing social and global issues, vulnerability underlies the impetus for transformation. It can be a space for grace, if we approach it with honesty and openness to the Spirit.

As we begin the 2022-2023 programming year (leading up to the General Assembly), the CRC wants to allow its members to explore this notion of vulnerability, which is essential to the journey ahead. Interestingly, vulnerability is at the heart of several recent reflections: Pope Francis addressing the UISG (Vatican News article), a speaker at the UISG (click here for text), and an article in the LCWR journal (click here for text). We are listening to the signs of the times!


This national webinar aims to :
• Deepen the notion of vulnerability though several perspectives from the Bible, theology, psycho-spiritual accompaniment and the reality of consecrated life;
• To approach vulnerability as a place where tensions call for transormation;
• To invite a new outlook of creativity that can yield grace.


A panel of frour speakers will contribute to this event.
• Sr. Gill Goulding, CJ, Member of the Theological Commission, will explore vulnerability as theological and relational notion;
• Br. Daniel Cadrin, OP, Member of the Theological Commission, will consider vulnerabilities at play in the Church and in consecrated life;
• André Myre, Professor emeritus of exegesis, will offer renewed insights into the vulnerability of Jesus and what it calls us to;
• Estelle Drouvin, General Coordinator of the Montreal-based Centre for restorative justice services and spiritual counselor, will discuss the role of vulnerability in the human journey.


This webinar will be an opportunity to experience a different activity format. The majority of the time will be spent on the panel with light breaks. There will be no plenary session during the webinar. However, for an in-depth discussion, the CRC invites you to save the dates of Tuesday, October 11 (in French only) and Thursday, October 13 (in English only) for a post-webinar sharing circle, at the usual time slot of 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (EDT). You will receive an invitation for these circles after the September 28 webinar.

For whom ?

• Members of the CRC
• Leadership teams
• Any interested consecrated person (please pass on this invitation to your sisters and brothers)

Local Times:
Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT): from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT): from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Central Daylight Time (CDT): from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Mountain Daylight Time (MDT): from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT): from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Contact : mission@crc-canada.org

The Team of the Canadian Religious Conference