The Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) & Associates rejoice in the new encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si'.
"To celebrate this vital ethical teaching, the SCIC rejoice anew to sing and celebrate Sister Theresa Hucul’s inspired, cosmic song, "All Praise." With Sister Theresa’s gracious consent, the song is offered freely as well as the sheet music and lyrics. May it awaken new energy for our life and shared faith commitment."
The Canadian Religious Conference is grateful to the SCIC for the permission to post, with the consent of Sister Theresa Hucul, SCIC, on its website the link to the audio and the lyrics of "All Praise."
Photo of Sister Theresa Hucul, SCIC by Sister Marcia Wiley, SGM.
The National Association of Vocation Formation Directors (NAVFD) has announced taht the registration for its national conference to be held in Winnipeg April 25-28, 2016 is now open!
"With key note speakers Fr. Scott Lewis, SJ and Sr. Amy Hereford, CSJ sharing their wisdom around our theme 'Live the Word Courageously: New Voices in Vocation Culture', with an update by Brother Paul Bednarczyk about the interesting projects undertaken by the National Religious Vocation Conference and with the wisdom of local workshop leaders on related topics, it is shaping up to be an experience not to be missed for all those interested in fostering a vocation culture in Canada," writes Sr. Nancy Sullivan, Executive Director of NAVFD.
Lots of information about the Conference is included in the Registration Package. Open and download the PDF document: NAVFD Registration form
Sister Sullivan welcome any questions you may have. You may contact her at: email@example.com
Over 1,500 persons in the Consecrated Life joined the Bishops of Canada in Saint Joseph's Oratory, Montreal, for the Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life.
More than 85 religious congregations were represented. Members of contemplative communities, of Secular Institutes, of new communities and lay associates were present.
Together, through their impressive presence, they spoke of their ongoing commitment within the Church and the society.
"Representing a wide spectrum of ages", they unknowingly gave witness to the vitality of religious congregations in its various forms.
At the conclusion of the celebration, Sister Larivée, SSA, the president of the CRC and superior general of the Sisters of Saint Anne was invited to say a few words.
In her message, she pointed out that "one of thing that holds us together, regardless of the form of consecrated life we live, is that we all heard a special call of the Lord - to follow a mouvement of the Spirit in our hearts - and we all said YES."
A letter from the President of the CCCB and the CRC to all the members of the Church for the Year of Consecrated Life, titled Celebrating and Giving Thanks for the Gift of Consecrated Life, was distributed to all the persons present at the celebration.
Photos by Richard Maltais of the Archdiocese of Montreal
"The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has published a new resource entitled A Church Seeking Justice: The Challenge of Pope Francis to the Church in Canada."
"Since his election as Bishop of Rome, the Holy Father "has brought an immediacy and specificity to Catholic social teaching that has made it a strong mark of his pontificate thus far," states the Episcopal Commission in its text which was released on September 3, 2015."
"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."
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.
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 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
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."