At the request of leaders of religious congregations at the 2012 Assembly, the CRC Mission-Formation Service, organized sessions for religious all across Canada to contribute to the conversation on these important questions. Sessions were offered in English in Mississauga, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Antigonish and Montreal (with translation).
Sister Donna Geernaert, S.C., systematic theologian and lecturer, our resource person for the English sessions offered a synthesis of the work of contemporary theologians and spiritual writers. With great expertise, she knew how to integrate the works of Pierre Teilhard De Chardin as she has completed her Masters’ thesis and Doctoral dissertation on his writings which form the basis of much of the scientific-mystical currents today.
Lorraine St-Hilaire, SNJM and Jean Bellefeuille, CRC Mission-Formation service present an overview of this workshop
Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel”, on the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world.
The main chapters of the Exhortation are on the following themes: the Church’s missionary transformation; the crisis of communal commitment; the proclamation of the Gospel; the social dimension of evangelization; and Spirit-filled evangelizers.
On November 21, 1953, the Memorial of The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Pius XII instituted Pro Orantibus Day ( Day for the Contemplative Life) dedicated to all cloistered communities. On this Day, the faithful are encouraged to give thanks to the Lord for the gift of the contemplative life and, in particular, for all of those men and women who have responded so generously to this unique call and who each day offer their prayers unceasingly for the building up of the Kingdom of God.
To celebrate this day, Pope Francis will visit on, November 21, the Camaldolese Monastery of Sant’Antonio Abate on the Aventine in Rome for Vespers and Eucharistic Adoration. We are invited to spiritually unite ourselves with Pope Francis beginning at 16:45 (Rome time) and the communities of contemplative life around the world.
You are invited to Participate in the “24 Hours for World Peace” on-line vigil on January 1, 2014, the World Day of Peace.
On January 1, 2014, calls for peace will be presented by organizations and individuals every hour during this 24-hour vigil. Each participant who has signed up for the vigil will receive these calls for peace by email and will be invited to reply with their own message of hope for a more peaceful world.
This article by Rachel Browne has been published on November 5, 2013 in the National Post. It includes comments made by Louise Dionne, the coordinator of the Comité d’action contre la traite humaine interne et internationale (CATHII) in Montréal.“We are really pleased that Pope Francis is prioritizing human trafficking,” said Ms. Dionne. While many Catholic organizations are working to combat human trafficking in Canada, “it’s mostly the nuns … and less men are involved,” she said.
At the end of September, Salvation Army congregations all around the world commit to praying specifically for those affected by human trafficking. This year, the Weekend of Prayer event will be 27-29 September 2013. The Salvation Army has prepared several resources that can be used to mark this special weekend of prayer and awareness on the issue of human trafficking. Theses resources are available on their website at: http://salvationist.ca/action-support/human-trafficking/weekend-of-prayer/
The Weekend of Prayer was initially an initiative of The Salvation Army, Canada & Bermuda, in 2006. It is has now become an internationally recognized call to prayer.
Freedom Relay 2013 is taking place in September at locations across Canada. In Montreal, it will take place, on September 18, at the Dawson College Peace Garden.
The purpose of this event is to raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking. Canada is regarded as a source, transit and destination country for victims of human trafficking and by participating in this national Freedom relay, Canadians are saying STOP!
The one hour walk will be followd by speeches and musical performances. This event will closed with a vigil in memory of the victims of human trafficking.