The book General Chapters - A Guide for Facilitators, Planners and Participants, written by Dairne McHenry, RSCJ, in collaboration with Mary Harrington, SUSC, and Gabrielle Stuart, RSM, offers practical information regarding general chapters of religious congregations. It will be of interest not only to facilitators but also to congregational leadership teams and to those responsible for the planning and preparation of chapters.
The Guide is both factual and creative. Discernment is the underlying principle of the step-by-step instructions for the main stages of a chapter, beginning with chapter preparation. The Guide includes various processes and dynamics and a range of resources to promote effective participation by all members at a chapter.
The co-authors have wide experience of facilitation of general chapters in many parts of the world. Through Glóir, an agency sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and the Holy Union Sisters and devoted to providing education and training in leadership and group work, they have collaborated in giving workshops in East Africa on general chapter facilitation.
The book is now available through Amazon.com only. To keep the price low, the authors are not taking royalties. Those buying the Guide are invited to make a donation to one of the tree-planting projects proposed on the first page.
It is with great sadness that we have heard of the kidnapping of Sr. Gilberte Bussières, CND. The Congrégation de Notre-Damehas issued a press release on this sad event: Open and download this PDF document: CND Press release.
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Father Ulysse Paré has died suddenly on March 25, 2014. He was a member of the Basilian Fathers. He was a leader of his religious order from 1981-1989 and he was a member of the Theological Commission of the CRC from 2005 - 2011.
As a member of the Theological Commission he wrote several articles for the CRC Bulletin: Obstacles to Dialogue (Volume 4, Issue 2 - Summer 2007); From Photina to Ruth (Volume 5, Issue 1 - Winter 2008); Religious Life: Response to the Call of Jesus (Volume 6, Issue 1 - Winter 2009); Elements of our Call in Fragile Times (Volume 7, Issue 1 - Winter 2010); The Kingdom, The Church, Religious Life (Volume 8, Issue 1 - Winter 2011). These issues are available on the CRC website at: http://crc-canada.org/en/node/775
His confrere Fr. Tom Tosica has shared with us his personal tribute and his homily at the funeral celebration.
The theme for the 2014 Annuel National Catholic Mission is “The Gift of Forgiveness”
This year’s Mission reviews past Missions and looks at how the hurts and cruelties we inevitably experience during the first half of our lives, at school, at home and at work, may be a source of the anger and resentment we feel in our later years. It will offer a pathway to help us rediscover a mellow and compassionate heart.
The National Catholic Mission for 2014 will be broadcast on Vision TV on the Monday and Tuesday evenings of Holy Week, April 14 and 15.
Again this year, the Action des Chrétiens pour l'abolition de la torture (ACAT) has prepared a Prayer Service for Lent 2014. The theme of the prayer is: Long live freedom! ... Long live the resurrection!
“Water and Energy” is the theme of World Water Day on March 22, 2014. How might we participate? The 2014 focus encourages action toward improving combined and coordinated water and energy management and governance.
The Development and Peace Campaign is about to be launched. "This year’s Development and Peace Share Lent campaign is aligning itself with a global initiative of Caritas Internationalis under the theme of “One Human Family, Food for All”, launched by the Holy Father in December."
Archbishop Paul-André Durocher writes: "Our goal is to share the abundance of God’s creation with our brothers and sisters around the world so that we can end the injustice of hunger and make a place at the table for the poor."
Following the 24 Hours for World Peace Vigil, you are invited to Sign up for solidarity watch 24-365-p! 24365p.org is a brand new multilingual website dedicated to creating and sharing image-messages for world peace:
24365p.org, exists in order to actively pay attention to all the many kinds of distress that are experienced during conflict situations, injustices and exploitation. This citizens’ network without boundaries aims to make known initiatives for resolution, for reconciliation and for peace around the world.
The network behind the 24-365 Solidarity Watch for Peace mobilizes volunteers from different countries by sharing informal, caring and respectful news concerning all peoples in order to include, understand and better get to know the most marginalized or outcast individuals and groups on the planet.
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The Volume 11, no 1 issue of the CRC Bulletin was written by the members of the Theological Commission. The theme of the next CRC General Assembly inspired the authors of the articles: Beyond Frontiers: A Call to Transformation. The General Assembly will be held from May 29 to June 1, 2014.