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Going to Peripheries

Dorena Hall, Associate

I will share about my going to the peripheries. For over twenty-five years, I have been actively involved with the work of Development and Peace. I am a member of the Charlottetown Diocesan Council of D&P and responsible to carry out the two annual campaigns in my parish. Being involved in this work is truly a call from God. The work is demanding and sometimes discouraging… a test of one's faith! However, the Spirit is alive. Working with members, parishioners and partners inspires me to continue doing my little bit to help build a just world. Members of D&P are encouraged to network with like-minded organizations and groups. Each October, I and others support CPJ (Citizens for Public justice) in their education action, Chew on This. I stand on a street corner in Charlottetown handing out a paper bag containing information about poverty in Canada, an apple to eat, and a card for people to sign and mail to the Prime Minister regarding this issue. It is amazing how people react. Some have no time for us and others are extremely grateful. On various issues I meet with my MP and write letters e.g. Bill C -69 regarding the protection of our waterways, and letters regarding an ombudsman for the mining industry. Since I can't commit fully to other organizations, I like to attend meetings or workshops in support. For example, public funded health care in Canada, the eradication of poverty in PEI, government policies on energy, etc. Since everything is interconnected, the cry of the poor continues to challenge us to be an active hope for the most vulnerable of God's people. In my mission, especially with D&P, I often reflect on Marguerite Bourgeoys' charism and become more encouraged to continue "on the path to our particular mission and deepen our rootedness in Jesus Christ."

Blessings to all!

 

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