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 »

by Bridget Doherty

Imagine you have two children. You work full time at the store down the road. Your husband is a cook at the local restaurant. When the bill for heating and lighting your home arrives, you receive quite a shock. The utilities cost more than the rent. You have to make a tough decision. Do you heat the home or feed the family? Not heating the home may result in child services knocking on your door.

Or you’re a senior citizen who has lived in the same house all your life. It’s a beautiful, but worn, brick home. Built at the turn of the century, there is not a stitch of insulation in the walls. You have always been a good saver and collect a pension. You’re on a fixed income and have learned to budget – but rising utility costs have meant that you’re dipping into your savings. Your income is relatively good but this cold winter has resulted in utility bills that have made you decide to keep the home much cooler than you would like. You are worried that the added sweaters have not adequately kept you warm and think it may be the home that is making you sick.

There are many citizens for whom these or similar scenarios are a reality. In Canada some 1 million people are affected by “energy poverty,” and the numbers are rising. View full article »