In the June issue of the National Association of Vocation/Formation Directors (NAVFD) Newsletter, Mary Rowell, CSJ, comments on the significance of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si: Praise Be to You My Lord.
"For those of us in ministry focused on the development of a culture of vocation it has special significance. It is all about “CALL” today for tomorrow and it is clear that many of the young people with whom we walk in discernment understand the importance of this call in their lives and in their desires to serve."
June 18, 2015: The Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis "Praise Be to You, My Lord" on the care for our common home was made public and presented at a press conference held by the Vatican.
The long awaited Encyclical Letter has six main chapters: "What is Happening to our Common Home"; "The Gospel of Creation"; "The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis"; "Integral Ecology"; "Lines of Approach and Action"; and "Ecological Education and Spirituality."
The Canadian Religious Conference rejoices in the publication of this encyclical. "Praise be to you, my Lord" is in link with CRC's preoccupation for the Integrity of Creation and a global vision of ecology. The CRC will contribute to nurture our reflection on the encyclical through the fall edition of the CRC Bulletin. Other projects are to be foreseen.
Already, the safeguard of Creation is an integral part of the mission of a number of religious congregations for example, the Congregation de Notre-Dame, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint-Joseph in Canada and many others.
Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception and Associates participated in a march against Energy East pipeline with hundreds of others May 30, 2015 in Red Head, a community just beyond Saint John, N.B. on the Bay of Fundy.
SCIC photo: Roma De Robertis, SCIC with SCIC Associate Sharon Jacquard by Kristen Hamilton-Smith
SCIC photo: Elaine MacDonald (left), sister of SCIC Associate Ellen Robart (centre), with Associate Sharon Jacquard. Sharon is national coordinator of SCIC Associates for eastern Canada.
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.
Photo: Ludvina Scheck, OSU and Joan Weber, OSU listen to a presentation on Diocesan Social Justice Activities.
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.
Photo: Sylvia Obrig, NDS, (left) gives a presentation on UNANIMA.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
“On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.” — Pope Francis
Roman Catholic Television has launch a12 new on-line videos and study guides series on the environment “Cultivating and Caring for Creation”.
Produced by greenspirittv.com (GSTV), a participant in romancatholictv.com (RCTV), “Cultivating and Caring for Creation” is narrated by Bishop Donald Bolen, chair of Justice and Peace, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and includes content from several Canadian Catholic eco justice leaders.
This is a timely series with the issuing of the Encyclical of Pope Francis Praise be to the Lord. It can serve as a backgrounder to Catholic thought and action on eco justice.
Toronto, May 21, 2015 Press Release: Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking, a project born out of Catholic Religious congregations in and around Toronto, is launching the Gift Box project.
"Faith communities are working together to launch a project that will unwrap the truth about human trafficking in our province and our country. The unique GIFT Box experience will be introduced to Canada for the first time this summer by Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking with a goal to end human trafficking by creating awareness and inspiring action.
The oversized GIFT Box – designed by students at Toronto’s OCAD University – will be a walk-in piece of public art that draws people in with the same false promises traffickers use to entice their victims. Once inside the Box, the truth is unwrapped as visitors are introduced to the devastating realities of human trafficking, told through the voices of those who have lived experience.
The Cathedral Church of St. James at King and Church Street in Toronto will be host to the Gift Box when it’s launched just before the start of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games."
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."