26 people attended the most recent JPIC Atlantic gathering October 10-12, 2018 at the Religieuses de Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur motherhouse in Moncton. JPIC coordinators from the region gathered to discuss relevant social justice issues in Atlantic Canada. Timothy Scott, CSB, CRC Executive Director, proposed three key principles for reading Laudato Si’: “Everything is connected, everything is given, everything is fragile.”
The attendees focused on water, indigenous issues, poverty, environment, and Laudato Si’ as it relates to the Agenda 2030 or the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). The participants also discussed how JPIC Atlantic members are addressing these concerns.
A core committee representing each province was formed at the end of the gathering. They will work closely with the CRC JPIC Associate Director Ferdinand Djayerombe Vaweka to coordinate the implementation of collaborative projects and to keep the network on track until the next annual meeting.
The core committee members are:
- Sister Denise Lirette, FJ (New Brunswick);
- Sister Anne Marie Conn, RSCJ (Nova Scotia);
- Sister Anne T. Gillis, CND (Prince Edward Island);
- Sister Mary Tee, RSM (Newfoundland).
On November 6, the core committee held its first on-line meeting. Another meeting will follow in January 2019 to prepare the next JPIC Atlantic gathering.