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World Refugee Day: June 20, 2012

Catherine and Steve re-united with their daughter, Patricia.

United Nations' World Refugee Day honours the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

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.

Second Anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake

It is 10 p.m., Jan. 12, 2012.  I have just come back to my room from a Memorial mass at our parish, Sacre Coeur, at 5 p.m. followed by watching together the televised Memorial at Titanyen, the place of the mass graves where bodies unearthed and dead in the streets were buried.

From Honduras: A Goodbye to Karen

Karen

Sister Patricia Dowling shares a story from Honduras:
In Honduras, the percentage of people living in extreme poverty is very high. And in this group there are many mentally challenged persons living with their families. These are the people I visit in and around the town of Choluteca where we live in a l'Arche community.

Christmas in Thompson

At Christmas, the Halleluia chorus will ring in our hearts because our former pastor is coming to celebrate Christmas with us.

Thompson, the third largest city of Manitoba, is a nine hour bus ride north of Winnipeg. Approximately half of our population is composed of First Nations people. Currently we have no resident priest. We celebrate on Sundays with our lay presiders, and once a month with a missionary priest who comes for Eucharist and to leave consecrated hosts.

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