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Becoming Neighbours: Annual Margaret Myatt CSJ Recognition Award

Sister Margaret Myatt, centre, with Ellen Leonard CSJ and Jack Lynch SFM

At the AGM of Becoming Neighbours on May 9, 2012, a new annual award was announced: the "Becoming Neighbours Annual Margaret Myatt CSJ Recognition Award."  The award was named in honour of Sr. Margaret who first envisioned this ministry which could be carried out collaboratively by local congregations. In 2003, the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team invited 19 congregations of women and men religious in the city to come together in this Becoming Neighbours ministry that assists newcomers to Canada.

"This award was a total surprise," said Sr. Margaret, who is pictured above, centre, with Ellen Leonard CSJ and Jack Lynch SFM. "I appreciate the recognition for all the congregations that have contributed to Becoming Neighbours. This wouldn't have happened without everyone coming together."

The first awards were given to Ellen Leonard CSJ and Jack Lynch SFM for all they had done for Becoming Neighbours over the years. Sr. Ellen has served as:  prayer partner; companion; the one who developed, with others, the Becoming Neighbours Theological reflection process; the facilitator of the Theological Reflection Circle at 2pm on the 1st Thursday of every month;   and the writer, with Stephanie Sinkewiczj CSJ, of the Becoming Neighbours Prayer of Solidarity.

"I felt really humble on receiving this," said Sr. Ellen. "All the people who have been in it from the beginning had Sr. Margaret's vision of religious communities working together. Becoming Neighbours offers a wonderful opportunity to share faith with people from other congregations and support each other in the ministry."

Sr. Ellen's award will be a tree to be planted at the new Sisters of St. Joseph residence at 2 O'Connor Drive.

For more on the history of Becoming Neighbours, see here.

By Gisela Côté


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