Archive for May, 2014

Our Lady’s Missionaries Celebrate 65 Years

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

 

1949-2014

Our Life Is Mission

“What can I give to you for all your goodness to me.” These words of the psalmist (116) echo in the hearts of each of our sisters as we celebrate 65 years of blessing on May 31st.  They must have echoed in the heart of our founder Fr. Dan McDonald as he offered the first mass of thanksgiving in what was to be our home in Alexandria on March 25, 1949. So much living and loving has been ours in these intervening years. So many friends from lands far and near have graced our lives. What a privilege it has been to look back and remember with gratitude our founders, our families, friends and benefactors who have journeyed with us. Sixty-five years ago the first group of women responded to God’s invitation to come and build a new missionary congregation. Among them were Srs. Noreen Kearns and Rosemarie Donovan.  That took courage, trust in God and a great spirit of adventure. To them I say thank you. To all our sisters I say well done and congratulations.

 

Sister Suzanne Marshall, Congregational Leader

 

 

 

Report on Muslim-Christian dialogue event in Toronto

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

 

A message from Paul McKenna of Scarboro Missions:

Dear interfaith colleagues in the GTA:

 One of the refreshing developments in the interfaith movement is the emergence of bi-lateral dialogues such as Jewish-Muslim, Hindu-Buddhist, Muslim-Hindu, Hindu-Sikh, Sikh-Catholic and Jewish-Christian. This bi-lateral approach provides a sharper focus for interfaith dialogue and improves the relationship between the two specific faith communities.

With Muslims and Christians forming more than 50% of the world’s population, the emerging international Muslim-Christian dialogue is vital. Late last year, 15 Muslims and 15 Christians in the GTA spent four evenings together in small-group dialogue and discussion. These dialogues took place at Scarboro Missions and the Noor Cultural Centre, an Islamic education centre.

 Below is a link to an article that describes the 4-week program and the experience of the participants. Please feel free to forward this information to colleagues. Here is the link:

https://www.scarboromissions.ca/News/ifnews_may14.php#conversation

Peace

Paul McKenna

Scarboro Missions Interfaith Dept.

interfaith@scarboromissions.ca   

www.scarboromissions.ca

Small group discussions helped to build trust and community, and these conversations continued informally after the sessions ended (photo right).

Small group discussions helped to build trust and community, and these conversations continued informally after the sessions ended (photo right).

Some of the presenters at the Muslim-Christian dialogue series are (left) Imam Dr. Hamid Slimi and (far right) Samira Kanji, both leaders in the Toronto Muslim community. Center: Sister Christine Gebel of Our Lady’s Missionaries; and Paul McKenna, coordinator of Scarboro’s Department of Interfaith Dialogue

Participants gather for a plenary discussion at the end of each evening.

CNWE Video on YouTube

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (CNWE) has produced a short video describing its beginnings as well as its current activity. To watch it, go to this link:

Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (CNWE) – YouTube

To learn more about CNWE, visit their website:

 Catholic Network for Women’s Equality | CNWE offers a vision of church that is renewing and open to all!

Mary Malone

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Spending a Sunday evening with Mary Malone was a delight. Her Irish wit and positive energy filled the room as she told stories of women in church history and sought to understand why we who are women are still forgotten. She has done intensive research and is the author of several books, including “Women and Christianity” and “Praying with the Women Mystics”.She cited Mark 15:40 as the place to find our hope, “There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.”  The women became the witnesses because all the men had fled. Hence Christianity was founded on the witness of women.  What joy and excitement must have filled their hearts to hear the news, “He has risen”. They were courageous as are the women today who are studying and working to find their role in our church. Mary Malone doesn’t feel that the ordination of women is the biggest problem, as it is not yet clear which form our leadership should take. Much reform needs to be done in our church before this can happen. Mary would rather talk about femaleness (more inclusive) than femininity. Mary reminds us that God created us equal in God’s image and likeness and we are equal before God.

When Mary was asked why she stayed in the church she said, “I am Roman Catholic because I love the person of Jesus who changed the face of the earth.”

After Mary answered a few questions she received a standing ovation. The gathering continued with more stories over wine and cheese.

 Mary Gauthier,olm

Mary Malone at Scarboro Missions, photo by Bill Wittman

Mary Malone at Scarboro Missions, photo by Bill Wittman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Malone at Scarboro Missions, photo by Bill Wittman

Mary Malone at Scarboro Missions, photo by Bill Wittman

 

 

Mary Malone at Scarboro Missions, photo by Bill Wittman

Mary Malone at Scarboro Missions, photo by Bill Wittman