Archive for July, 2017

Announcing the new Executive Director of Presentation Manor

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The following is a press release regarding Presentation Manor, a joint project of several religious communities, including Our Lady’s Missionaries:

Fr. George Smith, CSB, chair of the Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gordon Perrault as the Executive Director of Presentation Manor for Seniors, effective August 1, 2017. At the time of his appointment, Mr. Perrault had been serving as Senior Executive Director of a privately held senior living corporation in Toronto. Prior to this position he had held the positions of Director of Business Development at Compass Group Healthcare–Senior Living; and Regional Director, Operations, Chartwell Retirement Residences (Formerly Allegro Residences). With increasingly responsible positions in the field of Senior Living residences, Mr. Perrault is a distinguished leader in eldercare who brings a wealth of experience in management, marketing and business operations. He also has a demonstrated commitment to the unique Catholic mission of Presentation Manor, which combines with his experience to make him an outstanding leader for an exciting new venture in senior living in Toronto. “Our Board of Directors came to the conclusion that Gord Perrault possesses the right combination of leadership ability, experience and expertise to position him to be an outstanding Executive Director of Presentation Manor” said Smith. “We conducted an extensive recruitment and interview process, and he had outstanding competition, but we are more than confident that we have found our leader”. Presentation Manor for Seniors is a 229-unit eldercare residence in Scarborough, ON founded on the values of hope and compassion and inspired by Catholic religious orders of women and men in Canada. It is scheduled to open in summer/fall 2018.

For more information, visit Fr. George Smith, C.S.B. Chair, Board of Directors Presentation Manor for Seniors (416) 459-4381

-Sr. Chrisitne Gebel, OLM


Monday, July 17th, 2017

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The UN asks individuals around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day on the day he was born, 18th of July. This is a commemoration that encourage us to make a difference in our life as a community. Each of us has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for all to take action and inspire change.

“In a cynical world we have become an inspiration to many. We signal that good can be achieved among human beings who are prepared to trust, prepared to believe in the goodness of people.”

-Nelson Mandela, 10th years of Democracy address, Cape Town, May 10, 2014

In today’s world of disasters from climate change, the growing gap between rich and poor, terrorist attacks and President Trump, leader of the most powerful nation on earth eroding trust in the integrity of leadership with his constant use of twitter ill-considered comments; yes cynicism is surely present.

Nelson Mandela spent most of his life fighting the injustices of apartheid. And after spending 27 years in prison he went on to win the first fully democratic election in South African history.

In 1993 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his decades of work for human equality.  In the quote above, he speaks of trust and belief in the goodness of people.

The following are some quotes when he address and spoke of ordinary people and their participation in governance during a rally in Durban, 25 February 1990:

“Since my release, I have become more convinced than ever that the real makers of history are the ordinary men and women of our country. Their participation in every decision about the future is the only guarantee of true democracy and freedom.”

In his speech at an event to meet leaders for the Free State, September 17, 1994 he stated:

“Freedom should not be understood to mean leadership positions or even appointments to top positions. It must be understood as the transformation of the lives of ordinary people in the hostels and the ghettos; in the squatter camps; on the farms and in the mine compounds. It means constant consultation between leaders and members of their organizations; it demands of us to be in constant touch with the people, to understand their needs, hopes and fears; and to work together with them to improve their conditions.”

Is this not the very message we desperately need today when so many feel isolated from decision-making and victims of multinationals and market forces they do not understand?

Nelson Mandela is a beacon of hope and inspiration and his words are relevant today. In Canada we also have a related and inspirational document, “The Leap Manifesto which sets out values similar to those of Nelson Mandela.

-Rosemary Williamson, OLM

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Partners with OLM BBQ

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The Partners with OLM group and Our Lady’s Missionaries gathered on a Sunday afternoon in June to review the past year and celebrate with a potluck barbecue.

We re-read our Mission Statement:

PARTNERS with Our Lady’s Missionaries is a group of women and men who are attracted to our charism, share our concern for social justice and respect our values.

Some Partners have been involved with the community for many years. Others are new friends whom we warmly welcome.

Partners’ meetings are held several times a year during which we address current social justice issues for advocacy, and faith-based action. We recognize that Partners engage in such actions as they are able, considering that many are already involved in a variety of ministries.

We feel that our lives are enriched by interaction with the Partners who have helped us in many ways and we hope that this enrichment is mutual.

We also remembered the questions and concerns we had explored during the past year, and talked about what we would like to address in the coming year.

Since it had been raining off-and-on, it wasn’t until the meeting was finishing up that we could declare that the next part of our gathering, the potluck barbecue, could be an outside event!  Though it was cool’ish, the conversation and camaraderie were filled with warmth and all the edible offerings were delicious!

– Christine Gebel, OLM

Advancing Non-Violence in the Catholic Church

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017


Two of Our Lady’s Missionaries attended this gathering.

It was very inspiring to hear the cry for nonviolence  that our world needs to hear today.

Below is an excerpt from Pax Christi – Toronto on Advancing Non-Violence in the Catholic Church:

Pax Christi Toronto – Catholic Nonviolence Initiative

Friday, June 23, 2017 – 12:00pm

Pax Christi Toronto and the Mary Ward Centre invite you to meet members of the leadership team of Pax Christi International, introducing the new Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.

Launched at the 2016 Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference in Rome, it affirms that active nonviolence is at the heart of the vision and message of Jesus, the life of the Catholic Church, and the long-term vocation of healing and reconciling both people and the planet.

-Sr. Mary Gauthier, OLM