Archive for May, 2011

12th General Chapter of Our Lady’s Missionaries- May 2011

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The 12th General Chapter of Our Lady’s Missionaries was held at the Scarboro Mission Centre from May 15th to May26th. An inspirational quotation from our Constitution (C128) set the atmosphere for our proceedings;

“The Spirit will work through us if our minds and hearts remain open to a new wind, new tongues of fire and new languages spoken in our midst.”

All the Sisters of the congregation were able to attend except Lorie Nuñez who was stranded in the Philippines, not yet holding both a visa for Brazil as well as a transit visa for Canada.

Two Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, Denise Kuyp and Veronica Dunne were our facilitators. They skillfully guided the community’s preparation for and carrying out of the General Chapter, inviting all the Sisters to participate in “the unfolding of our history as flowing from the Spirit of God.”

During the Chapter, a new leadership team was elected.  Suzanne Marshall was elected as Congregational Leader and Mary Deighan and Christine Gebel as team members.

At the closing of the Chapter, a ceremony was held to honour the former leadership team of Frances Brady, Congregational Leader with team members Joan Missiaen and Christine Gebel and to welcome the new leadership team.

We are greatly indebted to Denise and Veronica, as well as to Maria Teresa Velasco and Louise Malnachuk, our chapter secretaries.  And finally, we are greatly indebted to the whole community of Scarboro Missions for their care of us in so many ways during our Chapter and of course to our friends and benefactors who held us closely in prayer during this highly significant time in our communal history. Our prayerful thanks go out to all of you.

by Sr. Patricia Kay OLM

12'th General Chapter of Our Lady's Missionaries

Photo by Mary Olenick of Scarboro Missions

Our Lady’s Missionaries Begin Chapter Meetings

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Our Lady’s Missionaries are meeting together for Chapter from May 14 to May 26.  Our Chapter is held once every four years and is a time to review the past four years, look ahead at the next four and elect a new Leadership Team.  Please send prayers, kind thoughts and good energy our way as we meet.



Becoming Neighbours

Monday, May 9th, 2011

by Sr. Frances Brady OLM 

 

Our Lady’s Missionaries is privileged to be part of Becoming Neighbours, a joint Apostolic Ministry with eighteen other religious congregations in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The purpose of Becoming Neighbours is to assist new refugees and immigrants to Canada by providing a presence in the form of friends, guides and mentors as the newcomers become settled and adjusted to their new home in Toronto.

Women and men members of religious congregations and their associates are matched with newcomers as Prayer Partners or Companions.

Prayer Partners pray each day a prayer of solidarity for “her/his” newcomer. The prayer partner is kept informed about the needs and hopes of the newcomer as well as anything in particular for which prayers are requested.

Companions accompany newcomers in a variety of ways according to circumstances and need. They usually meet regularly for a friendly visit, perhaps to help with language study. Companions sometimes assist with finding housing, school registration for the children, attending hearings related to refugee claims or assisting with job search.

Becoming Neighbours promotes two-way cultural enrichment and sharing while assisting immigrants and refugees to become active participating members of the community. As the name implies, this ministry helps new residents to feel “at home” in their adopted country and leads to many lasting friendships.

To read an article that appeared in the Scarboro Missions Magazine about an OLM’s participation in Becoming Neighbours, go to:

http://www.scarboromissions.ca/Scarboro_missions_magazine/Issues/2010/May_Jun/neighbors_friends.php

To read more about Becoming Neighbours, go to:

http://www.scarboromissions.ca/Scarboro_missions_magazine/Issues/2007/Sep_Oct/becoming_neighbours.php 

BECOMING NEIGHBOURS, a Joint Apostolic Ministry – Together in Ministry for a Better Toronto