Archive for May, 2013

May Day Celebrations

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013






A beautiful sunny day blessed the various May Day Celebrations in which Frances Brady, Mary Gauthier and Rosemary Williamson participated in at Queen’s Park Circle and later at Nathan Phillips’ Square.

There was an infectious sense of both celebration and hope for the future in the presence of diverse but committed groups.  One concrete expression of this hope is the fact that Toronto became the first Canadian city to declare itself a Sanctuary City for non-status migrants!  This means they can access city services without fear.

Christian Peacemaker Teams, Idle No More, The Sanctuary Network and No One Is Illegal were some of those who participated in the celebrations and speeches at City Hall.  This concluded with a walk along Queen Street and down Bathurst to the waterfront.


Rosemary Williamson, olm




Faith Sharing at Cosburn

Friday, May 17th, 2013

On the second Thursday of each month from September to May several of Our Lady’s Missionaries gather in the evening with friends  to pray at Our Lady’s Missionaries house on Cosburn Avenue  in Toronto.    Each month a different  person facilitates the evening of song, readings, quiet time and sharing.   The theme varies according to the individual preparing and the situation and needs of our world.   Following the prayer, sharing continues over refreshments.   It is a blessed time of prayer and sharing to “keep in touch” and at the same time to broaden our horizons.

Sr. Joan Missiaen (more…)

Muslim-Christian Dialogue

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Several Our Lady’s Missionaries Sisters attended Scarboro Missions’ recent Muslim-Christian Dialogue Series.  As always, it was excellent.  Not only were the speakers very good, during the breaks there was also a chance to get to know the Muslims who attended.  This made it personal.  And, as one young fellow exclaimed, “It feels like something wonderful is happening among us here!”

Muslim-Christian Dialogue Series

Muslim-Christian Dialogue Series

Excerpt from the invitation letter which accompanied the Dialogue Series Poster:

Dear Friends committed to Muslim-Christian dialogue:

Together, Muslims and Christians form 50 percent of the world’s population.
Muslims and Roman Catholics compose one-third of the world’s population.
These statistics alert us to the importance of the Muslim-Christian
conversation in today’s world.

After 13 centuries of not-so-good history together, Muslims and Christians
are now entering into new levels of conversation and cooperation in many
parts of the world.

Paul McKenna – Scarboro Missions Interfaith Dept.