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Refugee Crisis: The CCCB Releases an Open Letter to Canadian Catholics

"Following the call of Pope Francis during his Angelus message this past September 6, 2015, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released an open letter to Canadian Catholics on how all the members of the Church can respond to the refugee crisis."

"In his letter, Archbishop Durocher proposed seven ways Catholics can respond, including diocesan or parish sponsorships of refugees as well as donations toward the work of Canadian Catholic "aid and development agencies which do outstanding international work and are deeply involved in assisting Syrian and other refugees and displaced persons." 

Open and download this PDF document: Responding as Catholics to the Refugee Crisis

Source: Communications Office of the CCCB


World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Instituted by Pope Francis, The World Day of Prrayer for the Care of Creation wil be celebrated on September 1st of every year, starting in 2015. This World Day of Prayer will coincide with a similar celebration previously established by Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. 

The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, writes Pope Francis, will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation." 

On the CCCB's website you will find the Pope's letter and the encyclycal Laudato Si.


Upcoming Conference Hosted by CWR

Communicators for Women Religious (CWR) is hosting its upcoming conference, October 6–9, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Presentations and breakout sessions will focus on the conference theme: “Spirit of the Wind: Spirit of the Message.” The annual conference is an opportunity to meet others in congregational ministry from across the United States and Canada.

CWR invites you and any colleagues involved with advancing the mission of women religious to attend this year’s conference at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque. Well known author and spiritual writer Father Richard Rohr, OFM, will give the keynote address, “Becoming Contemplative Communicators.” Workshop presenters will focus on how-to aspects of communication.

Open and download the following documents:
Letter of invitation
The Conferenre Brochure

To learn more about CWR visit their website at: 


Canadian Forum on Theology and Education: An Update

The Canadian Forum on Theology and Education will take place on April 1 and 2nd, 2016 at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Conference Centre, 300 River Oaks Blvd. East, Oakville, Ontario.

The two speakers will be Joan Chittister OSB and Diarmuid O'Murchu MSC. They will speak on the theme of Evolution and the Spiritual Life: Exploring Changing Images of God and the Implications for Daily Life and Spirituality. 

For further information and to register, open and download this PDF document: Canadian Forum on Theology and Education 2016

Register NOW at http://www.cfotae.ca/Registration.php to guarantee registration. Fewer than 100 places available.


Joint Ecological Ministry

Joint Ecological Ministry (JEM) is a collaboration of religious communities and partners using their resources to promote caring for Creation and living within planetary limits.

JEM’s first action was to call together leaders, treasurers, and JPIC representatives of religious communities to reflect on how we can use our resources to influence companies and their carbon emissions. 

JEM also engages religious communities on-line through the sharing of resources and possible actions – for example, an ecumenical letter to the federal Minister of Finance calling for action on a carbon price which was signed by 37 religious communities in April of 2015.

If you are interested in joining JEM and if you wish to receive e-mails from JEM regarding upcoming actions and gatherings, please send your e-mail address to: jemcanada@outlook.com

“On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.” — Pope Francis

Open and download this PDF document: Joint Ecological Ministry (JEM)​ 



CRC-JPIC Connections - May 2015 Issue

The CRC-JPIC Connections is published by the core committee of the CRC-JPIC Ontario network. 

The main topics of the May 2015 issue are:

  • Creative Gift Box Highlights Human Trafficking
  • Indigenous Rights - Post-resurrection: A Time for Reconciliation
  • Peacebuilding in the Middle East
  • Ending Poverty in Canada: A Dream or a Reality?
  • Energy and Climate Change Linked

Open and download the PDF Document: Connections, May 2015



CRC Bulletin, Volume 12, Issue 2 - Spring/Summer 2015

The Year of Consecrated Life provides a good opportunity to stop and reflect on religious life. It is the main topic of this issue of the CRC Bulletin.


CRC Bulletin, Volume 11, Issue 3 - Fall 2014

The Radical Welcoming of the Other is the central theme of this issue of the CRC Bulletin. This theme was chosen as a follow-up to the CRC 2014 General Assembly.

In the editorial, Sister Rita Larivée, SSA, states that "the CRC 2014 General Assembly challenged us to intercultural living and summoned us to navigate cultural boundaries for the sake of mission in our world today. Fr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSP, emphasizes that invitation to and inclusion of community members from cultures that are not our own are not enough for today; we must arrive at radical welcome of the other within our midst."

To access the CRC Bulletin click on this link:
CRC Bulletin, Volume 11, Issue 3 - Fall 2014


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