Archive for June, 2017

Sacred Water

Monday, June 26th, 2017

 

Participants of CRC JPIC National Conference. Photo credits to Christina Zha, Mary Ward Centre

Two OLM sisters attended the CRC National JPIC Gathering held last June 6-8, 2017 in Toronto with the theme: “Access to safe drinking water is a basic and human right”.

Elder Josephine Mandamin, Ojibwe Grandmother and Water Walker assisted by Sr. Priscilla Solomon, CSJ

The gathering started with Elder Josephine Mandamin, Ojibwe grandmother and water walker who described how indigenous nations live with reverence for nature.  She demonstrated why and how she respects water as a way of life by telling us stories and beliefs that women, as life-givers have a special responsibility to protect the water as sacred, as the “lifeblood of Mother Earth.”

Photo credits to http://www.anishinaabe.ca

Maude Barlow on Water is “a basic and human right”

 

 

Her walking around lakes and rivers as a journey to respect water and the impact of  the second speaker, Maude Barlow of Council of Canadians on Blue Future advocacy, convinced us to protect water for people and the planet forever. Both speakers inspired us to act for this challenging water advocacy.

Water indeed is a basic and human right!

There is a blue community campaign that hopes to raise awareness in the world for free and clean water by encouraging collaborative efforts in local areas to identify actions that can be taken to improve water quality and quality of life in local neighbourhoods.

-Lorie Nunez, OLM

Below are links that help us to learn how to engage in preserving the sacredness of water:

www.motherearthwaterwalk.com

https://canadians.org/bluecommunities

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

https://canadians.org/bluefuture

https://canadians.org/water

https://canadians.org/fn-water

https://www.facebook.com/WaterDocs/

 

Now into the New!

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The symbols that represent our shared life of service in four directions North, West, South, and East

On June 1st and 2nd, Our Lady’s Missionaries gathered for the community’s annual meeting at Leander house, reflecting on how we can full-heartedly live our future in Presentation Manor.  

Sister Jane McDonell, IBVM guided us to reflect on our transition in three levels:  personal, communal and global. 

Using her own experience she encouraged us to find our wisdom by reflecting on our lives in the context of connectivity and relationship.

Our gathering prayer opened us up to an opportunity to remember the places we shared our life of service.  Thinking back on our own experience as a community and expressing  gratitude helped us to honour our collective past.  This led us into awareness of “Now into the New”.

According  to the data of many professional researchers, “Aging is a natural part of life’s transforming process; a time that we have courage and the awareness to realize and to accept the changing of our bodies, loss of memory as well as our energy levels”.  In this manner, we hope to be more aware of the transformation by being more open to the personal and communal process of transition.

Symbolic lights from four directions; hope, courage,love, and transformation

Sister Jane reminded us that the aging process is not all

doom and gloom.  We can “mother forth our aging into a sacred spiritual journey powered by hope, courage, love and gratitude“.

The blessing cards we received

Please click on photo to read Sr. Marie’s poem

As we concluded, we received several blessing cards from Jane.  These highlighted the spiritual gifts we OLMs hope to hold in our heart as we face the future.  These gifts inspired Sr. Marie Clarkson to offer a poem to express our gratitude to the speaker. 

Sr. Noreen Kearns, OLM

  

 

                      

                                             

 

Feast of the Visitation of Mary to her Cousin Elizabeth

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

On May 31st, OLMs gathered at Leander house celebrating the Feast of the Visitation of Mary to her Cousin Elizabeth.  The event was graced with the presence of Jane McDonnell, IBVM and Msgr. Samuel Bianco, officiating the Eucharistic Liturgy.

Sr. Rosemary Williamson, OLM shared her reflection on the Gospel reading, stating that Both Mary and Elizabeth were women of faith, prayer, trust and courage.  These gifts, she emphasized,  lived and shared by our founder, Fr. Dan and the sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto, who came to Alexandria to help in our early formation.

Now that most of us are less actively engaged in ministry, we try to be like them, especially believing that prayer is powerful. In our troubled and violent world, prayer can be a profound force for justice and peace.  May our hearts be open to fulfill our mission on earth here and now.

This gathering continued  at the dining table telling stories of hope and courage we experience in life.

May our spirit sing God’s praise as we face the unfolding of our future in Presentation Manor.  May we be more mindful and grateful to all creation as we have yet to witness the new challenge of visitation in our new OLM home.

-Gwen Legault, OLM

CNWE: Honouring The Past Contribution of Women in the Church

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Members of Our Lady’s Missionaries who are also members of CNWE (Catholic Network for Women’s Equality) attended the CNWE Annual Conference and AGM at St. Paul University in Ottawa from May 26 to May 28, 2017.

The theme for the event was “Honouring the Past, Keeping Faith in the Present and Shaping the Future.”

Sr. Christine Schenk           Photo credits to: https://www.ncronline.org/ authors/christine-schenk

The Keynote speaker, Sister Christine Schenk, founding director of Future Church, spoke about her original research into iconic motifs of female authority in early Christian art and archaeology. Her presentation included pictures of many pieces of art depicting women in the first four centuries in leadership roles in their church groups.

 

Sister Christine’s presentation along with several workshops and a panel discussion gave the participants opportunities for honouring the past contribution of women in the Church, and provided encouragement, inspiration and challenge for the future.

-Sr. Frances Brady, OLM