Press release issued by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Quebec - Canada, Longueuil , July 28 - "At the United Nations, we are annoying women! How are we annoying? We tirelessly visit the offices of member states to lobby for the recognition of water and sanitation as human rights. Some States are truly annoyed by this." So stated Michele Morek, OSU, coordinator, in describing the work of UNANIMA International (UNANIMA) at the UN.
Her analysis, during the webcast given on July 19th 2014, led to a positive verdict by her audience: the presentation was a great success.
Livestreaming across 4 continents
Sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), this event marked the first experiment in a new technology by the Congregation. It had participants from 4 continents.
Catholic Sisters attending Michele Morek conference, from left to right: Ana Maria Vilca Mamani, Mary Ondreyco, Laetitia Rannoni, Carroll Ann Kemp, Catherine Leamy, Barbara Spears, Thérèse Laplante and Joanne Pundyk.
On August 20th, 2014, the Society of Saint-Paul will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of their founding. The Society of Saint Paul is a religious congregation which was founded in 1914 at Alba, in Italy, province of Cuneo, by Blessed Fr. Giacomo Alberione.
The Society of Saint-Paul is the first of five religious congregations founded by Blessed James Alberione. They are: the Daughters of St. Paul, the Disciples of the Divine Master, the Sisters of Jesus Good Shepherd, the Sisters of Mary Queen of Apostles. Four associated institutes as well as the Association of Pauline Cooperators were also founded. Together, they constitute the Pauline Family.
Present in many countries, several events will mark this important anniversary. In Quebec, the Society of Saint Paul, the Daughters of St. Paul and the Disciples of the Divine Master are planning a special celebration which will take place in the fall.
On June 22, 2014, at their 2 O’Connor Residence, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto installed their new Leadership Team for the next four years. They include, l. to r., Sisters Nida Fe Chavez, Mary Anne McCarthy, Thérèse Meunier (Congregational Leader), Pat Boucher and Ann Delaney.
These five Sisters were asked by their congregation to “call us forth and affirm us in our effort to respond to the spirit in our life, mission and ministry…”
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly, 15-19 September 2014, at the Hotel Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, east of Quebec City, in the Archdiocese of Québec. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and CCCB President.
The 2014 Plenary Assembly will be preceded, on September 14 at 2:00 pm, by a Pontifical Mass marking the 350th anniversary of the parish Notre-Dame de Québec, the first Catholic parish canonically erected in North America outside Spanish territories. Today, Notre-Dame is Québec City's cathedral parish. The Papal Legate, His Eminence Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, Cuba, will preside at the Mass. In addition to representing Pope Francis at the 350th anniversary celebration, Cardinal Ortega will also be one of the key guest speakers at the CCCB Plenary Assembly.
Pope Francis will preside at a Mass of Thanksgiving for the recent canonizations of Saint François de Laval and Saint Marie of the Incarnation on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 10:00 am (Rome time), in Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome.
In early June, there was an extraordinary conference in the Alberta Tar Sands area of Fort McMurray, AB. Titled As Long as the Rivers Flow - Coming Back to the Treaty Relationship in Our Time, it was co-hosted by the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation who live downstream of the industry. Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave the keynote.
On the night of June 26 to 27, to mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26), Christians around the world are committed to support through their prayers those suffering in the hands of torturers. Futher information can be found on this website: www.nuitdesveilleurs.com .