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Updating and Renewing Ministry of Prayer and Presence

“Blessing” is a way of life, a lens through which the whole world is transformed. A blessing promotes protection, healing and creativity in a world sorely in need of wholeness. (John O’Donohue)

Our senior sisters participate in this way of blessing, bringing the needs of the world and all its peoples into the compassion of their hearts. With their unique abilities and the gift of time they are able to bless the lives of others, especially those on the peripheries.

As sisters update and renew their ministry of prayer and presence we acknowledge the way in which they bring the needs of the whole world to God. This expression of mission is a blessing for us all.

Living our call to go to the peripheries

I have been involved since 1999 with the Evangeline Community Consultative Group (ECCG) working in Crime Prevention through Social Development on 3 levels: family, school and community. The ECCG is directed by a Board of 9 volunteers from the following areas: School, Seniors, Young adults, RCMP, Provincial Government rep for Evangeline-Miscouche, Sports, Incorporated Villages of Wellington and Abram-Village, and a member at large.

We seek out the specific needs of the community and the concerns for the well-being of its citizens in order to create/provide tools, which will empower individuals and groups to develop and maintain positive growth relationships rather than competitive ones. We deal with bullying at school, in the workplace and in society in general; abuse and harassment of persons of all ages; family violence; frauds and scams; safety on the highways; Falls Prevention; age friendly communities; preparation of court cases through Victim Services; and grandparents parenting grandchildren.

Last Thursday I started training concerning the new Federal law about legalized Cannabis PEI policies. Each province is getting ready for the October 17, 2018 arrival of this legislation. We have a lot to prepare for on this issue on provincial grounds.

Marie-Norma Gallant, CND

Report from the CND Social Justice Network

The Social Justice Network met in August at the Motherhouse. Sisters Mary Corbett, Catherine Walker, associate Teresa McKerral and Monica Lambton, JPIC coordinator, served as the Visitation Province representatives. Apart from the annual reports, the bulk of the meeting was spent reviewing, discussing and coming to agreement on 16 recommendations for changes and updating to the Network. The Spirit was indeed moving us to embrace the call of the Chapter Orientation!

These recommendations came from an interim working committee for Network updating chaired by Monica Lambton and Sr. Lucie Mekoulou from Cameroon, with representatives from each of the other Provinces and Regions, except for Japan who exempted themselves due to the unworkable challenges of travel and their school schedule.

There are several significant changes to the Network being proposed, including meeting every other year, rather than annually, meeting in places other than the mother house and configuring different numbers of representatives from the provinces and regions. It was also recommended to the General Council that it would be important to take time to plan out the implementation of all the changes and to ensure a strong Action Plan for the Network that will take us through two years until the next Network meeting.

In addition to the above, a very moving part of the Network meeting was a contemplative activity regarding our collaboration on Social Justice issues. In advance of the meeting each Province and Region was asked to send names of groups that they collaborate with or work with in coalitions. These were displayed and a small explanation and reflection was presented on the first night of the meeting. For the following days, several times a day, we paused the meeting to have a representative name one or two of the collaborating groups from their province or region. We held these groups in silent prayer together for two minutes and then finished with a collective singing of Ubi Caritas. The repetitive ritual helped to center us throughout the meetings and reminded us that we are not alone in this work.



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