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Climate Action Challenge Continues: This week we have a submission from the Beautiful Island of Prince Edward! The group is to be commended for their creative use of the Daisy and for their beautiful harmonious singing, along with their commitment to Climate Action. Take a look at their video produced by Sr. Sue Kidd. You will find it by clicking this link https://www.dropbox.com/l/hvMHuODtq43HL3YNipC9Qo.

Monica Lambton, JPIC


Climate Change Reflection: On Mother’s Day, the Conversation of the Heart Group held a session in honour of Mother Earth. Under the capable guidance of Sister Anne T. Gillis who is a member of the JPIC Committee, we prayed reflected and shared on material received from the Central committee. We were invited to look at the reality of climate change, to look at the suffering of our earth through God’s eyes, and considered practical measures that we can apply in our own lives. Sister Anne issued the challenge to become personally involved. Such was the impact of our shared discussion that all those present signed the document that could be part of the Congregation of Notre Dame corporate stance. Della Gaudet, CND


CRC-Atlantic JPIC Network Meeting May 6-7: Religious from Halifax, Antigonish, St. Johns, Moncton, Fredericton, Campbellton, Saint John, Charlottetown and Montreal gathered in Moncton for the JPIC regional spring meeting. Eleanor McCloskey, Anne T. Gillis and Monica Lambton represented the CND.

The Sisters shared on a wide range of topics, especially around the efforts made in their areas on current issues of social justice and climate action. Samples of useful resources and information sources were made available. The group bade farewell to Joyce Murray, CSJ, who is retiring from the CRC position she has held for some time. Monica Lambton's PowerPoint presentation on Hopeful Ways to Move Forward: Climate Action was enthusiastically received and led to helpful discussion among us. At the meeting last autumn, the JPIC Network committed itself to making Climate Action a priority. This spring we had an energizing and fruitful discussion on next steps in that process. Eleanor McCloskey for JPIC Core Committee


UPEI Lectures: Canadian Catholic Campus Ministers are hosting an annual lecture named for their first Episcopal Liaison, Bishop John Sherlock. The 2015 Bishop Sherlock lecture will be on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the UPEI Duffy Ampitheatre, on campus. Thursday’s lecture "At the Margins of the Universe: The Vatican's Astronomical Observatory," will be given by Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, the president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Brother Guy’s talk will include why the Vatican supports an observatory and how we do outreach to people on the margins and who also hunger to know about their place in the universe. Brother Guy’s research is in meteorites and asteroids. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of 6 popular astronomy books.

Admission will be by free-will offering to support Brother Guy’s work at The Vatican Observatory.

This timely event will also highlight the role of religious men and women in today's world and church. Although not officially part of the Year for Consecrated Life, Brother Guy and his ministry demonstrate our diverse roles. Susan Kidd, CND



Honorary Degree Recipients pose with Bishop and STU President: (L to R) Bishop Robert Harris, Chancellor of STU; Eleanor McCloskey, CND; Dawn Russell, STU President; Mark Helprin.

Eleanor McCloskey Receives Honorary Doctor of Laws: St. Thomas University honoured Eleanor McCloskey at their Spring Convocation on May 12, 2015. She is a former STU faculty member of Education and Campus Ministry. In the Graduation Program booklet, Eleanor is described as a teacher, pastoral caregiver and community activist. A Sister with the Congregation of Notre Dame, she has lived a life of joy in her faith and service to others. Throughout her life, she has been motivated by belief in the values of inclusiveness and equality – this belief inspired her to challenge the boundaries in every community that she has served, whether it is the church, the university or Society. She holds advance degrees in education and pastoral ministry and was a teacher in the public school system. She has been involved with the Catholic Network for Women’s Equality, a lay-led social justice organization promoting a vision of being the change we seek. Her work with the Third Age Centre reflects her goal to accompany seniors in contemporary spirituality, enjoyment of leisure, developing imaginative ideas and constant learning. She co-wrote Navigating New Waters, a resource manual for nurturing and promoting compassionate care in healthcare settings and for many years was a co-organizer of Sundays at Seven, a series of discussion groups on faith and societal issues. A breast cancer survivor, she helped establish support groups and organize retreats for other survivors throughout the province. In 2009, she received the YMCA Peace Medallion for the generosity of spirit she has demonstrated in her work with breast cancer survivors and for her achievements in promoting inclusiveness in society.” Marjorie Allison-Ross, Associate


CND Sisters and Associates Celebrate with Eleanor at the STU Dinner - Back row L to R: Marjorie Allison-Ross, Eleanor, Sr. Ruth Carr, Sr. Karen Kelly. Front row L to R: Edy Corbett, Sr. Charlotte Lockhart.

 

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