Archive for June, 2016

Partners with OLM Mission Statement

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016



With cheerfulness the partners with Our Lady’s Missionaries and new faces gathered at Leander house on June 19th to discuss the drafted Mission Statement and to celebrate as a group of women and men who are attracted to the OLM charism which emphasizes a concern for social justice.  The gathering began by reading a prayer for peace from the Earth prayer book by John Nevell .




As the statement was presented everyone felt that it expressed our common values and beliefs, especially those of social justice and care for the Earth are well recognized.





Before the barbecue party, it was agreed that the topic for the next gathering in September will be about the “The Leap Manifesto”.  An invitation was also extended to any members who are interested to join the OLM Partners Preparation Committee.

By Maria Eppie Eden


Grassy Narrows Must Be Cleaned Up Now!

Sunday, June 12th, 2016



The River Run Walk has been an annual event for the past 4 years.  The people from Grassy Narrows make the long journey from their homes north of Kenora in an attempt to raise awareness and hopefully action on the mercury poisoning in their river system.  Some 50 years ago a pulp and paper mill upstream in Dryden began dumping untreated mercury into the Wabagoon and English river system.  The mercury causes minamata disease resulting in numbness of the fingers and lips, narrowing the field of vision, loss of coordination and trembling.  This is the result of a degenerating brain.


Judy da Silva with her drum during the walk

Judy da Silva with her drum during the walk

Judy Da Silva has been a leader for her community in their efforts to receive justice.  She won an international peace prize  in Germany for her activism in 2013.  This year she and a delegation of First Nations people met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur  office on Indigenous Rights in Geneva.

On May 30, the opening of a week of events leading up to the River Run Walk, a government report was released stating that it is possible to clean up the mercury in the river system!  How providential and compelling.



Simon Fobister sr. the chief of Grassy Narrows Reserve expressed it well in his article in the Toronto Star Newspaper of Monday, June 6.

“We must not deny another generation of our children a bright future by refusing to clean our river.  It’s time for Premier Wynne and Prime Minister Trudeau to join Grassy Narrows in breathing life back into the abundant river from which our health and culture flow.”


By Sr. Rosemary Williamson, OLM




Please take the time to listen to the cry of the young people of Grassy Narrows beautifully expressed in music-video:

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Day of Reflection

Sunday, June 5th, 2016


Margo and Joan taken on the 18th of May 2016

Margo and Joan taken on the 18th of May 2016


On May 18th, OLMs gathered at Leander

Court to reflect on our present and future reality.  

Sister Margo Ritchie CSJ from London,

ON facilitated the day with  prayer, song

and conversation.  She quoted the statements 

we agreed upon at our Chapter 2015.  

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WOW!! As once again God reveals God’s

blessings in our lives and the people who

have journeyed with us.

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Margo introduced ‘evolutionary consciousness’.   

The words may be new, but the concept isn’t.  

Over the years we have grown eg. from

thinking that we were bringing Jesus

to others to the realization that Jesus

was already there to welcome us and

touch us in so many ways.  

Birthing a new ‘evolutionary consciousness’

takes us beyond  ourselves to new and 

challenging possibilities.  

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We look forward to our future with hope and

gratitude for what has been and what will be.  

Thanks Margo and all for this grace-filled day.

– Joan Missaen, OLM