Archive for October, 2017

Rohingya in Crisis

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Sr. Rosemary, OLM raised her voice with a poster.

Sr. Frances, OLM holding a poster.

An interfaith group rallied in Toronto to raise awareness for the Rohingya Muslims who are a stateless minority group in Myanmar Burma who have been subjected to systematic persecution and grave human rights abuses by authorities for decades.

These placards, posters, and banners that describe the ongoing conflict that created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. There are over half a million families in desperate need of food, shelter, and water.

-Lorie Nunez, OLM

Waiting In Hope

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Those who have been accompanying refugees in Canada know how grateful they are to be feeling safe and even hopeful that Canada may grant them the right to stay.

During a Thanksgiving Mass celebration recently held at Scarboro Missions, Fr. Peter McKenna, scj invited us to reflect on what we are  most grateful for?

Some shared their gratitude for friendship, recognizing the ever-supportive companions who make themselves available each time there is a need.  Others were grateful for feeling safe while living in Canada and waiting for their status.

All of us simply hope for a life where peace and harmony are possible.

 

 

 

-Lorie J. Nunez, OLM

 

 

 

THANKSGIVING

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

Our Lady’s Missionaries celebrated Thanksgiving this year with morning Mass and evening dinner together with friends. We were able to name many blessings for which we thank God, for family, friends, nature’s abundance, good food shared, the comfort of home and so much more.

These happy and grateful thoughts could not fill our hearts. They left room for the many people who have less to be thankful for these days, for victims of famine and war, fires and floods and earthquakes, the sick and homeless.

We know it is not enough to give thanks for what we have. If we are blessed, it is with gifts to be used wisely and with respect until we can say that land and air and water, food and energy and shelter, peace and joy and freedom are there for everyone.

Only then will we be able to say that we are truly grateful.

 

 

Frances Brady, OLM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ride For Refuge

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Group photo of some of the FCJ Team walkers.

On September 30, 2017, I walked a few miles to support The Ride for Refuge, a charity event that supports displaced people from other countries.  This  took place in major cities across Canada.  In Toronto it was held at the Beaches and at Ashbridges Bay.  It included both cyclists and walkers who were fund raising for a variety of organizations assisting refugees.  I was a member of the walkers team for the FCJ Refugee Centre.  It was a bright crisp morning and I enjoyed meeting the other team members many of whom work at the Centre.

I want to thank all those who sponsored me on this walk.

Rosemary Williamson, OLM

If you wish to donate please click the link below:

https://rideforrefuge.org/home