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60th anniversary of presence in Latin America

In this year 2022, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame celebrates its 60th anniversary of presence in Latin America. This beautiful adventure began in 1960, when the Canadian Episcopate addressed a collective pastoral letter to Catholics, particularly to religious communities, on apostolic co-operation between Canada and Latin America. In response to this call, the General Council of the Congregation decided to form a mission in Latin America and informed the community through the circular of December 23, 1960. 

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Love your ennemies

The world is on its knees, not in subjugation but in prayer. Government leaders are facing empire building and total disregard for human rights in other leaders. Even shocked middle schoolers are calling it the start of World War III. The agony and suffering of the people of Ukraine is stirring the entire world to empathy. The pictures of them fleeing the country, sleeping in subways, having babies in basements and taking up arms is heart-rending. Always in war, it is the ordinary people who bear the horror of it in their bodies and psyches.

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The Blanket Exercise

"The Blanket Exercise challenged me to confront history as it was never taught in school by calling me to open my heart to a new telling of an old story. It invited me to symbolically walk with the Indigenous people and to face my personal assumptions and feelings about colonialism. For me it was a powerful and emotional journey." Ann Gotfryd, Associate Nowadays, everything pivots - The Blanket Exercise has gone online! To deepen our awareness of the history of our Indigenous peoples, as well as the impact on their current realities, the Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Committee is pleased to announce a session of the now-Virtual Kairos Blanket Exercise. This will take place from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 9th. The cost is $50 per person with a maximum of 40 participants. More information from Kairos at https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/v-kbe/

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