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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


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 Haiti

Needless to say, there's no snow! Yet you will hear: "I’m dreaming of a white Christmas" playing in city supermarkets. Outside you will see huge round Santa’s perched on the corners of some buildings looking out of place, replacing the Haitian version of Papa Noël who has long white hair and beard and a long gown.

Still, the crèche is at the centre of the season and unites us all in all nations around the birth of our Savior.

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