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CSJ Associates Retreat

Fifty-five CSJ Associates and Sisters arrived in Niagara Falls the evening of Sept. 8, 2006 for our annual retreat weekend at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre. That evening, we enjoyed meeting old friends and greeting new ones at a reception in the lounge. Ann Mullan, on behalf of the Associates, presented Sister Roberta Freeman and Sister Grace Sauvé with a framed symbolic representation, done in lace, of the eleven associate groups coming together in an interconnected design.

Taking your Soul to Work

Mimi Marrocco came to Faith Connections' Theology on Tap on June 14, 2006, and made a wonderful case for being ourselves during the 70% of our lives that we spend during our waking lives at work. Her illustration of the cost of denying that self, staying safe, was drawn from Dickens’ novel Great Expectations: Wemmick, the “post-office-mouth man” — man as machine during office hours.

JPIC Meeting / Retreat / Visioning / Session

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team met with the Justice Committee and the Cherish the Earth Group on Thursday evening, June 8 and all day Friday, June 9, in a pre-planned retreat and visioning session that proved to be extremely life-giving and rewarding for all the participants. The end product of their deliberations was a proposal presented to the Leadership Team suggesting a congregational focus in justice, peace and ecology for the coming year.

Living your Faith in a Challenging World

Neil MacCarthy told three funny, inspiring, stories about living your faith now to the young people overflowing the room at Theology on Tap on May 31 at the Duke of York pub. Each story beautifully illustrated his message. The response from the standing-room-only crowd showed that they got it every time.

Awards for Sister Sheila

Awards are raining on Sr. Sheila O'Connor. In recognition of her 25 years of ministry there, Lakeridge Health gave her a beautiful clock with a plaque that reads:

"Sr. Sheila brought hope to so many. Chaplaincy."

The hospital system also presented her with a twenty-five-year service pin and a "huge cake shaped like a hockey rink - they know I love hockey," said Sr. Sheila.

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