Archive for January, 2011

Launching of the Canadian Augustinian Centre for Social Justice

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

On Wednesday, January 12, representatives of various NGO’s and religious communities gathered at Regis College in Toronto for the launching of the Canadian Augustinian Centre for Social Justice whose mission is:

We work to promote justice and peace for the vulnerable members of Canadian society.

Our task is to generate unique relationship-building initiatives to promote justice and peace.

This is achieved by providing education and learning opportunities for leaders and service providers, including the recipients of these services.

Our work is to raise the consciousness and awareness of leaders and the marginalized to the unjust structures that harm people.

We encourage people to determine their own destiny and choose to transform their reality.

This can be accomplished by creating opportunities for all to reflect and meditate on the human condition.

To learn more about this new initiative, go to their website:

www.cacsj.ca

Gathering to Remember

Monday, January 10th, 2011

On Sunday, January 9 OLM’s gathered with family and friends to celebrate with a Liturgy and meal, the lives of family members of Srs. Mary Gauthier, Mary Deighan, Cecile Turner and Elaine MacInnes who have recently died.  There was more laughter than tears as stories were shared and a spirit of gratefulness and thanksgiving permeated the day.  Our thanks to Fr. Pat Kelly SFM who was the presider at our Liturgy.

Mindanao Week of Peace

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Our Lady’s Missionaries have participated in the Mindanao Week of Peace for several years now.  2010 was no exception.  Below, Amina Mambuay, good friend of OLM’s, leader of the Cagayan de Oro Section of the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, and very active in the Interfaith Forum for Peace, Harmony and Solidarity describes how the Mindanao Week of Peace came to be and how it was observed in Cagayan de Oro this year.

Amina Mambuay at the Mindanao Walk For Peace

It started as a one day celebration in Zamboanga City which was initiated by PAZ (Peace Advocates Zamboanga) and SALAM Foundation. The Bishops-Ulama Conference appreciated the said celebration and adopted it into a Mindanao wide celebration in 1999. In 2001, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Presidential Decree 127 declaring the last Thursday of November until the first Wednesday of December every year to be the Mindanao Week of Peace.

The Interfaith Group in Cagayan de Oro City spearheaded the celebration this year with the theme: Responsive and Responsible Governance: A Key to Peace, Development, and Sustainability. The opening activity on November 25 was a Walk for Peace participated in by Muslims, Christians, and Lumads from various groups and sectors. The closing program was held on December 1 where an input on Good Governance was given by Fr. Nathan Lerio and after which, a response from three young people (Muslim, Lumad, and Christian) were also delivered coupled with three prayers from a Lumad, Muslim, and Christian representatives.

Mindanao Walk For Peace 2010

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Culmination Ceremonies for Mindanao Week of Peace

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