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2014 CSJ Associates Annual Retreat

"I mission you as a disciple of Christ to bring about union in love through your prayer, presence and actions." — Sister Thérèse Meunier, at the Missioning during Sunday Mass
 
Lots of laughter filled the conference room as 50 CSJ Associates met at a social gathering at the beginning of their weekend retreat on Sept. 19 to 21, 2014, at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga.

Fracking: An Environmental and Ethical Challenge

In ancient seas, hydrocarbons of coal, crude oil and natural gas were deposited in sedimentary shale rock. Over the last century, the ‘conventional’ shallow reservoirs of these fossil fuels, are being depleted and now hydraulic fracking is used to extract deeper ‘unconventional’ natural gas deposits. Like the tar sands extraction, fracking is raising new ethical concerns. 
 
What is fracking? A vertical well, reinforced with concrete, is drilled miles beneath the earth’s surface.

At the People’s Climate March

“It was amazing and empowering to be a part of it,” said Sister Janet Fraser of the People’s Climate March in Toronto on September 21, 2014. “It was wonderful to see so many people arrive, to know I am in communion with all these people.” 

Making sure no one is forgotten in the response to Typhoon Haiyan

Development and Peace, August 28, 2014 — The fierceness of Typhoon Haiyan can be easily seen from the road that winds along the coast of Eastern Samar (Philippines). Every few hundred metres, out of the billowing coconut trees, another town of ramshackle houses appears, the tarps that serve as roofs flapping in the wind.

Canadian charities help Filipinos rebuild

The Catholic Register, September 14, 2014 — Every one of the $13 million Development and Peace raised last year to help Filipinos left homeless by the most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall has a job to do.
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