On June 29, Sister Rita Gleason performed a benefit concert for Changing Together. The program began with compositions by Chopin, Schubert and Beethoven. After intermission, Sister Rita dressed in a 1920s costume and played some ragtime music.

The concert ended with the three movements of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major: Sr. Rita was accompanied by her teacher, Sarah Ho. With proceeds from the tickets, plus donations from friends and sponsors, $1000 was raised.

From left: Speaker Elexis Schloss, executive director Sonia Bitar and temporary board chair, Sr. Diane Brennen


by Sister Diane Brennen

On Friday, May 30, Changing Together – the Centre for Immigrant Women in Edmonton, Alberta – celebrated its 30th anniversary with a dinner and silent auction.

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Sister Mary Clare Stack OSU, Sister Jeannette Filthaut SP and Dr. Bob McKeon walking in the closing march of Truth and Reconciliation on a very cold March 30th day in Edmonton


by Sister Jeannette Filthaut

Listen to your heart * Listen to the Creator * As leaders, as women, we have to be strong to stand alone and we have to move forward * Go beyond the evil dark energy * Put your children close to your heart * If you don’t have an elder adopt one to learn from them
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by Sister Shirley Morris

Going Green has become a passion for many people. However, the hardest time to adopt environmentally friendly practices has been at the end of life itself.
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Sr. Sheila Langton receives the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from Daniel Lussier, Chair of the Governing Council

by Louise Slobodian

“At the heart of all her efforts there is a central vision: to serve the needs of the most vulnerable.”
That’s how Sr. Sheila Langton was described as she was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC).

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But I’m Hungry

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation staff member Tara Kainer’s first book of poetry was published in 2011 by Hidden Brook Press. She read this poem at the Put Food in the Budget inquiry into poverty in Ontario in September.




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Sr. Rose-Marie Bokenfohr (back, right) with some of the students supported by the Marillac Mission Fund. Betty Florian (centre front) gathers the students for monthly reflection sessions on values.

by Sister Gayle Desarmia

The Marillac Mission Fund, a registered charity, supports the mission work of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul who are currently in Peru (El Progresso, Carabayllo). It was established in 1978.

  • Daniel finishes soon with his title and a job offer. His costs for materials, fees, bus fare and lunch is 250 Soles a month.

Currently 21 students are being assisted. When a student receives assistance, that help continues until the student completes their program of study. In that way, they can count on finishing. The Peruvian currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/. ), and $10 Candian is about S/. 25-30. Students receive from 100-1,000 Soles in support.

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Women Do Peace

by Louise Slobodian

Keynote speaker Erna Paris. Her address is available at ernaparis.com

You know about best-laid plans? After 10 years of holding great conferences, the Congregation’s Healing Violence Committee had sworn off them. But then, a great synergy happened. The committee held a meeting with the International Women’s Day reps in Kingston, and invited PeaceQuest to join in, and lo and behold … Women Do Peace emerged. And it was good.

Held on March 8, International Women’s Day, the conference was active, participatory and engaging.

Renowned author Erna Paris was the keynote speaker and she brought both breadth and depth to her presentation. Moving between the tragedy of the Aboriginal women forgotten on the Highway of Tears in British Columbia to the Syrian women caught in a deadly conflict, she spoke of what gives women the “agency” – the ability to act – and what blocks this from developing. Key are empowerment, education, supportive families, economic opportunity and learning empathy. View full article »