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Visitation Provincial Assembly “HOW THEN SHALL WE LIVE?”

Assembly Presentations Continue

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

Bernadette Fegan, Anna Rowley and I have made 10 presentations this Fall sharing information about the July Visitation Assembly. Sister Nancy Sylvester was the guest speaker on the topic of “Contemplative Prayer and Dialogue and the Visitation Province Directional Statement.”

On November 6, Anna and I gave the Presentation to the Woodstock associates.

Anna and Bernadette met with the Halifax associates on November 16. The associates and sisters who have attended the presentations have expressed gratitude for the information. We encouraged them to practice contemplative prayer and to visit sister Nancy Sylvester’s website to read her articles and learn more about contemplative prayer. The website address is . We have one more Group, Riverview, to visit in the Spring. 

An ARCAN Reflection 

By Cora Shebib, Sydney, NS

Associate of Sisters of Charity (Halifax)

As well, over the past number of meetings, the Steering Committee has been working diligently on vision and mission statements. This is what we feel is acceptable at the present time:


ARCAN's vision is to be a mutually supportive network of associates and sisters in Atlantic Canada living a new and dynamic expression of religious life and spirituality for the 21st century, supporting and inviting each other to a wider embrace of Gospel values, and living a commitment of Love, in relationship with all creation.


Rooted in Gospel values and inspired by the charisms of our religious congregations, the mission of ARCAN is to provide a supportive network for sisters and associates from Atlantic Canada that is devoted to learning, seeking, diversity, inclusive actions, and aware of the new truth that all life is sacred and connected.

The ARCAN Steering Committee is as follows:

Anna Rowley and Marjorie Allison-Ross, Congregation of Notre Dame associates; Aline Reid and Eileen Clow, Sisters of Saint Martha, PEI, associates; Sr. Lauretta White csm (PEI); Lorna Burbin, Sisters of Saint Martha, Antogonish, associate; Sr. Claudette Gallant csm (Antigonish); Sr. Norma Heffernan rscj; Peggy Gorman, Sociaty of the Sacred Heart of Jesus associate; Sr. Maureen O’Keefe rsm (Newfoundland); Sr. Ruth O’Reilly pbvm (Newfoundland); Sr. Margie Gillis sc (Halifax), Cora Shebib, Sisters of Chairty associate (Halifax).

In addition we are looking forward to welcoming two new associates from Newfoundland at our Fall meeting.

Checking in, “networking”, is an important aspect of our bi-annual meetings. Each meeting begins with a round of sharing. It is a valuable aspect of our gatherings as we hear helpful information and insights relating to Atlantic congregational activities that is informative to each of our individual groups.

Other sources of information we rely on include: feedback we receive through our blog, conference evaluations, meetings with associates. We value this input and closely consider it as we build a supportive network for Atlantic sisters and associates that is devoted to learning, seeking diversity, inclusive actions and aware of the new truth that all life is sacred and connected. This, we feel, is our mission as the ARCAN steering committee! And as we consider all this feedback and the needs of Atlantic associates and sisters it most often leads us to the theme for our next conference. And we’re planning for that now – 2017!

This experience of working to develop a network based on mutual relationships and adult learning has been a great gift to me personally. Mutuality is a new aspect for both sides of this relationship - sisters and associates. It is setting in place a new paradigm of collaboration and understanding that informs and strengthens each of us. So, I ask blessings on each of us as we continue sharing and living our unique charisms! The Steering Committee is encouraged by your support as we continue the work of ARCAN to "widen the embrace" so that we will grow together in mutual love, respect, spirituality, and the understanding of our full relationship with all creation.

Please contact any of the ARCAN committee members with any questions, concerns or perspectives you may have. We welcome all communications. WE are in this relationship together!

By: Cora Shebib Sisters of Charity associate (Halifax)

For the Communications Strategy Group which also includes Aline Reid, Sisters of Saint Martha associate, and Sr. Norma Hefferman rscj. 

Fredericton Hosts 2 Global Climate Mobilization Events on November 29

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

On the eve of the opening of the COP21 Meeting in Paris, I attended 2 Global Mobilization Events that were held in Fredericton. I had lots of company too. During the past year since the Congregation started to talk about the Corporate Stance on the Climate, I have felt moved to gain more knowledge and become more involved to try to do my little part about climate change. Since I wasn’t going to Paris, I wanted to participate in some event to support the Climate Talks that were going to start on November 30. When I checked online to see what events had been planned in NB, I found 2 scheduled for Fredericton so I signed up to attend and I’m glad that I did.

I called my daughter Alie to invite her to attend the screening of the documentary film, “This Changes Everything” that was organized by the Young Greens. We met Sr, Eleanor McCloskey, CND, at Casey Hall at STU where the film was shown to a packed audience in the Ted Daigle Auditorium.

This is the Storyline that was written and released by the Production of the documentary film:

Some of the sound bites that I heard while watching the film were:

Fort McMurray is the largest industrial project on Earth.

The tarsands waste occupies 220 kms.

  • “The tarsands makes traditional First Nations life impossible”
  • “We have to pay attention to the way the wind blows and when the sun shines”
  • “We can take and take and consume and consume. We can take and we can put back.”
  • “Love will save this place.”
  • “Capitalism is the core problem.”
  • “Growth without limits.”
  • “We’re a throw away culture.”
  • “Capitalism vs The Climate.”
  • “In Germany, 30% of their electricity comes from renewable energy—windfarms.”
  • “We don’t have time to be silent.”
  • “If you drink the water and breathe the air, this is about you.”
  • “Global warming is a good chance to build a better world.”

Following the film screening, David Coon, a Fredericton MLA and Leader of the Green Party of NB, spoke to the audience. He said that he was going to the COP21 Meeting in Paris. Some comments that David made were that the discussion needs to be about transformation. We need fossil fuels to be playing a much smaller role in our lives and that two thirds of the fossil fuels have to be left in the ground to limit global warming. David also said that Paris is going to be the “Turning Point” when we start to take this seriously. He encouraged everyone to write/e-mail their Premier. For NB he said it is

The second event that I attended was the Development and Peace Prayer Vigil organized by Donna LeBlanc which was held at the STU Chapel at Holy Cross House. Sr. Charlotte Lockhart, CND, also attended this Prayer Vigil. The Vigil consisted of a procession of STU students carrying symbols (candle, seeds, earth, water, air plants and animals), songs of the earth, scripture readings, video “Laudato Si”, presentation by Carl Duivenvoorden, lighting of candles, Intercessory Prayers, “A Prayer for Our Earth” by Pope Francis.

“What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we'll ever get to build a better world? Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. The film presents seven portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi Klein's narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better”.

Carl Duivenvoorden’s Suggestions to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

Two Key Priorities:

1. Make your home more efficient

2. Drive an energy efficient vehicle

Simple things that we can do today to make a difference

  • Drive smarter by treading lightly on the gas and brake
  • Drive less by carpooling and making fewer, well-planned trips
  • Adopt a zero-idle policy because idling more than 10 seconds wastes fuel
  • Compost to keep organic trash out of the landfill
  • Choose locally produced food to reduce transportation
  • Avoid drive-throughs because idling in line-ups wastes fuel
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle in that order, to reduce trash
  • Use a clothesline to dry your clothes with free solar energy
  • Check tire pressure monthly because underinflated tires waste fuel
  • Install LED (best) or compact fluorescent light bulbs because they are 4 times as efficient as incandescent lights
  • Plant a tree because it will absorb one tonne of CO2 from the air over its lifetime
  • Use less air conditioning in your home and in your car; opt for fresh air instead
  • Turn off computers and lights when they don’t need to be on
  • Install a lower flow shower head because hot water represents 20% of a home’s energy use
  • Telecommute — work from home if you don’t really need to be there
  • Avoid using car starters because excess idling wastes fuel, and a cold engine is ready to go just after 30 seconds of idling
  • Wash clothes in cold water to reduce hot water usage
  • Write your elected representative to tell them what you think. 

“Laudato Si: A Canadian Response”:

Sr. Maura speaks in it about Ecological Conversion and Spirituality. She commented that the CND Motherhouse has begun to make the building a greener space as the Congregation wants to lighten their footprint on the planet. Thank you Sister Maura for your participation in this excellent video.

Prayer Chain for COP21 in Paris

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

This morning, December 1st, I sat in prayer from 8:00-9:00 to pray for the success of COP21 Paris Climate meetings. When I signed up for that time slot for the Prayer Chain on the Citizens for Public Justice website, I noted that there were many ideas for an Hour of Prayer. I viewed some videos showing how climate change is already impacting Atlantic Canadian communities and then reflected on what I had seen and read. There’s still vacant spots on the Prayer Chain if you would like to participate. Just go to the Citizens for Public Justice website at to sign up. The Prayer Chain goes from November 29 to December 11, the closing of the Paris Meetings. This is a very good website and I’d encourage you to go there and you will find many resources (videos, prayers, homilies, Bible study suggestions, small group discussion starters) that could be used in your regular meetings.

Sr Charlotte Lockhart is 95 years young! She celebrated her birthday with family and friends on September 27 at Windsor Court in Fredericton where she resides.

CND Calendar quote for December 2015

Reflection: “The day the power of love over-rules the love of power the world will know peace.” 


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