On September 17, 2014, Pope Francis promulgated the decree confirming the miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Servant of God Marie-Elisabeth Turgeon, Canadian foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
This promulgation opens the way to her beatification. Élisabeth Turgeon, was born in Beaumont (Québec) on February 7, 1840 and passed away on August 18, 1881.
Source: Zenit and Vatican Radio
The Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary are present in Canada, United States, Honduras, Peru, Guatemala and LIbanon. Their mission as educators has taken on diverse trends adapting to the countries and the cultures that they serve: teaching, pastoral apostolates, leadership roles, accompanying those who seek assistance.
Father Silvio Sassi, Superior General of the Society of Saint-Paul has passed away suddenly on September 2014 at the age of 65. Born in Italy, he was first elected Superior General in 2004 and reelected in 2010 for a six year mandate. During his mandate, he gave a particular attention to the actualisation of the Pauline charism, more so in this centenarian year of the founding of the Pauline Family. The festivities will end with a special papal audience with Pope Francis on November 27.
The Society of Saint-Paul is present in Quebec, in the States as well as in 30 countries.
The CRC is organizing another JPIC National Gathering! Under the theme “All Is One: Weaving A Single Cloth For Justice,” this time it will gather from across Canada English-speaking women and men religious and their Associates and Collaborators in the pursuit of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. It will be held June 2-4, 2015 at the Mary Ward Centre of Loretto College in Toronto.
Caroll Zinn, SSJ, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker. Sister Zinn is the Past-President of the American LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious). She has worked in grassroots-based international movements as consultant and facilitator and was the main representative for the Congregation of St. Joseph NGO at the United Nations. The gathering will be facilitated by Dolores Hall, Ph.D.
We invite as many members of CRC JPIC networks as possible to attend, including French-speaking members who understand English. You are invited to register early.
Government leaders from across the globe will be meeting in New York City on September 23 for a one-day United Nations climate summit. The People’s Climate March precedes it on September 21 and will send out a massive, united call for climate justice and a strong climate treaty.
KAIROS invites you to participate in this historic mobilization from wherever you are! Some suggestions:
Check out ClimateFast, which KAIROS has endorsed, as it counts down to this year’s fast on Parliament Hill (September 28 to October 2) and extends an invitation to everyone to join in fasting on the first day of each month.
Citizens for Public Justice, in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Churches, has created resources for faith communities in Canada specifically related to the UN summit and the People’s Climate March.
Green Faith, an interfaith coalition based in New Jersey, is offering resources and an invitation to faith communities to become Climate March Faith Communities.
KAIROS has a long history of advocacy for climate justice and has produced in-depth analysis on climate change that can help to put the September events into perspective.
KAIROS also has a new Watershed Discipleship workshop hot off the press that includes biblical and personal reflection, consideration of the issues facing your watershed, and the opportunity to connect those issues with others across Canada and around the world.
If you would like to go to New York for the march and are in the Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal area, buses are being organized.
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.
This past summer, Development and Peace organized an educators' trip to Peru. A group of Catholic school teachers, along with some family members and friends took part in the trip.
Anne-Marie Lavoie writes: "The watchword given to the 16 pilgrims is openness: openness to others, to a different culture, cuisine, to ways of doing things that are different from the “gringos” which we are. From teachers, we become apprentices: the Peruvian women show us how to prepare empanadas, pies and other desserts that we will sell at the market, bellowing the prices in our broken Spanish, how to make traditional necklaces and bracelets, but especially to take the time to experience life. In this country, the here and now and human relationships take on their full significance. We have time for real exchanges, we reconnect with the essential."