Archive for February, 2011

A TRIBUTE TO MONA

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

After many years of service in Brazil, Sr. Mona Kelly has returned to Canada.  In a reflection (below) Sr. Anie Montejo writes of how Mona’s presence has touched so very many people in Brazil, including herself.

Mona left Brazil just eight months after my arrival, so I have only had a short time with her.  And yet, she has left me with so many memories.

Mona has a huge heart – a heart that can accommodate so many people.  And, children have a special, big place in her heart.  Mona lights up and becomes so alive when she is with them.  She has also let me in into her heart.  I live in our Bela Vista house, and when I first came to visit our sisters in our Pici house, where Mona lived, she made sure I had a rede (hammock).  When I passed the Pici house on my way to my language classes, I would stop by and Mona would take the time to sit with me no matter how busy she might be.  Mona’s goodness can be seen in her daily life by how she deals with people around her.

In her farewell party so many people told stories of Mona’s many years in Brazil.  It helped me to know more about her.  The Brazilian people see her goodness and kindness, and how generous and compassionate she is.  During her farewell party, people sent Mona off to Canada with many good wishes:  felicidade (happiness), saude (health), sorriso (smile), fortaleza (strength), amizade (friendship), and many more.   

At the annual OLM community Christmas party Mona had been gone for about  a month.  The people were still sharing their stories of Mona.  It looks to me that she will not be erased from their hearts but will live on in the hearts of the Brazilians whose lives she has touched in so many ways. 

Even now people keep asking how Mona is.

 

Farewell Party for Sr. Mona

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Sr. Rosemary Williamson Joins Christian Peacemaker Teams

Monday, February 14th, 2011

After spending a month in training in Chicago, Illinois, Sr. Rosemary Williamson is joining the Christian Peacemaker Teams.  The mission of the CPT is:

“Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy. CPT seeks to enlist the response of the whole church in conscientious objection to war, and in the development of nonviolent institutions, skills and training for intervention in conflict situations. CPT projects connect intimately with the spiritual lives of constituent congregations. Gifts of prayer, money and time from these churches undergird CPT’s peacemaking ministries.”
“We believe that the mandate to proclaim the Gospel of repentance, salvation and reconciliation includes a strengthened Biblical peace witness.

“We believe that faithfulness to what Jesus taught and modeled calls us to more active peacemaking.

“We believe that a renewed commitment to the Gospel of Peace calls us to new forms of public witness which may include nonviolent direct action.”

– CPT founding conference: Techny, Illinois,  December 1986

CPT currently have teams in Colombia, Iraq (with Kurds in the North), Palestine and an Aboriginal team here in Canada.

To learn more about the CPT check out their website:

http://www.cpt.org/

 

Sr. Rosemary Williamson OLM

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Would you be interested in spending a day learning about and reflecting on ecological sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment, and on how these are interconnected?  If yes, you would very likely be interested in the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium.  The goal of the Symposium is:  

To bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.

 To learn more, check out the Awakening the Dreamer Website:

www.awakeningthedreamer.org