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Religious in Atlantic Canada (RAC) Conference May 19th – 21st, 2017

The Religious in Atlantic Canada (RAC) Gathering meets annually to explore topics that have greatest bearing on our common future as religious, living and ministering in these most challenging times. Any religious women or men who wish to join this exploration are most welcome to be part of the conversation. Keep your hand on the plow, look ahead, and discover new fields! Anyone who puts their hand to the plow, and keeps looking back is not about the reign of God! Luke 9:62  

  • What does it mean to look ahead, to see with new eyes for the sake of the reign of God? 
  • What is being asked of us at this time? 
  • What are the deeper questions that keep us from dwelling on the past, that we might embrace our emerging future? 

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Pushing for Peace

I am sure we are all feeling deep sadness regarding the recent violence in the Quebec City mosque. Carl Hetu, former Development & Peace animator in Ottawa, and current Director of Canada Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) has written a very helpful op-ed piece. I encourage you to take a look at it here:  http://www.cnewa.ca/default.aspx?ID=2903&pagetypeID=8&sitecode=CA&pageno=1.

Carl is a member of the JPIC Lay Network, which our JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation) office helped to found several years ago. This is a network of lay staff working on issues of justice, peace and creation with religious communities and in religious organizations. Through such groups we are able to cross-pollinate ideas and nurture deep reflection, thus cultivating the wisdom and courage to advocate for a just peace that considers root causes. 

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Curious about Associate Relationship?

Congratulations to new Associates!

On January 8 at the Chapel of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in North Providence, four women became Congregation of Notre-Dame Associates. In addition to attending the monthly Rhode Island Associate Gatherings when they could, these four women participated in the Formation blog. Since the theme of the Prayer Service for the Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys was “Go to the peripheries”, we are focusing on how they do that in their lives using their own words.

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