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Thursday
Apr102014

Three Times Blessed

Sr. Lenora Forster, csj – Teacher . . . Sr. Lauretta Heenan, csj – Teacher, Principal, Supervisor of Schools Windsor . . . Sr. Mary Arthur, csj – Radiologist, Guest Wing

All communities have traditions and this has proven true for the Sisters of St. Joseph, London neighbourhood.  When one Sister goes to glory, two more follow within a short period of time and so…  Sr. Lenora Forster, csj – March 12, 2014; Sr. Lauretta Heenan, csj – April 4, 2014; Sr. Mary Arthur Renaud, csj – April 7, 2014; they will truly be missed here on earth, but also warmly welcomed by our heavenly csj community. 

In recent time each of these Sisters have resided at our Care Centre, each bringing their own flavour to that local community. 

Sr. Lenora (Sr. Julia Marie) had a smile that beamed from ear to ear and was always visible in the T.V. room. 

Sr. Lauretta Heenan spent 98 years journeying this earth. In community she was given the name Sr. St. Anne and as young Sisters we called her “Lady Anne”. We have always known her as gracious, dignified with a warm smile and twinkling eyes. She maintained these qualities even during the time of her homeward journey. 

Sr. Mary Arthur we warmly referred to as “the little colonial”. She was an efficient little lady who loved people – those she met in radiology, our guest wing and everyone else who crossed her path.

Each of these women have richly blessed our community. The lesson I have learned is that the Lord loves variety and delights in mixing and matching. These women brought all of their virtues and foibles to the csj community and each enriched our lives by answering God’s vision for them.

Dear Sisters, thank you – rejoice always and pray for us. St. Lenora… pray for us…St. Lauretta… pray for us…St. Mary Arthur… pray for us.

Sr. Barbara Vaughan, CSJ

Wednesday
Apr092014

The New London Poverty Research Centre

The Sisters of St. Joseph are pleased to work with the London Food Bank on this new venture, and delighted to have such an amazing Steering Committee to move this project forward.  We’re also grateful to both the London Community Foundation and King’s College for their support of this initiative. 

With our involvement in this project, the Sisters of St. Joseph are saying that:

 

  • Poverty is human-made. And, if it has been created, it can be undone.
  • But such fundamental change only happens when the community works together.  We all have our own understandings of the causes and consequences of poverty, and we tend to fall into different political camps around the issue. But we need to learn to talk about poverty in ways that make sense to people no matter where they stand in the political spectrum. We need to get beyond the polarization that generates apathy and negative stereotypes about people living in poverty. We need practical solutions.
  • We want to create a context in which we’re learning from the experiences of people who live in poverty so that we’ll know what really makes a difference; a context in which funders, service providers and policy-makers can point to evidence-based solutions. Most important, we want citizens of good will to have the knowledge they need to get involved in creating change.
  • Businesses often come to London to test out their products because we’re considered to be so ‘typical.’ We think London should be the testing ground for bigger things than that. Let’s ‘test out’ what it takes to shift attitudes about poverty and to address its root causes. Let’s be the place where people come to learn about what it takes to create real systemic change. And let’s do it with the next generation, some of whom are here today because they’re ready for change.

 

That’s the hope that the Poverty Research Centre offers. But it’s a hope that will come to full fruition only if Londoners take up the challenge.

Sue Wilson, CSJ

Tuesday
Apr082014

Weekly Pause & Ponder

"What is our future as committed Christians as the third millennium begins?  How shall we live the Christian life – how do we live the gospel now – as we seek to create a new, just, peaceful world? What resources of the Spirit of God are available to us in the quest to transform our cultures and societies?
Two temptations are enticing. One is to plunge into activism without a spiritual grounding. The other, especially insidious, is to take a deep breath, close the doors of the churches on the problems of society, and focus on a private experience of religion. For some, a “Jesus and me” religiosity is very satisfying since it allows them to seek personal holiness without attention to those outside their religious circle. This, however, is a corruption of the gospel, whose basic principle is love of God and love of neighbour."
Great Mystics and Social Justice by Susan Rakoczy, p. 1.

 

Monday
Apr072014

Poverty Research Centre to Change the Conversation in London

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 7, 2014 London, ON - A new collaborative initiative, the London Poverty Research Centre, is set to begin its work in changing the conversation regarding poverty in the London community. Details will be released at a media conference on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at King’s University College in the Andy & Helen Spriet Learning Commons, Darryl J. King Student Life Centre, 266 Epworth Ave, London.

Senior officials from the Sisters of St. Joseph, the London Food Bank, volunteer members of the Centre’s Task Force along with funders and partners including the London Community Foundation and King’s University College will provide details on the new Centre.

On December 2nd, 2013, the London Community Foundation announced funding in the amount of $250,355 to support the creation of The Poverty Research Centre. The Centre is a joint venture of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the London Food Bank and is guided by a volunteer Task Force. Its bold vision is to see an end to poverty in London.

"Of course, the Centre cannot achieve this vision on its own," says Sister Sue Wilson of the Sisters of St. Joseph. "However, we believe the centre can play a key role by providing all Londoners with an accessible pool of relevant research, analysis and promising practices that can create real change in our city."

"It will take all of us to make a collective impact on the issues associated with poverty in London," says Jane Roy, Co-Executive Director of the London Food Bank.

Also attending the media conference will be secondary school students from Social Justice Clubs along with King’s students and faculty who will engage in research for the Centre.

Parking available in lot P1 on north side of Epworth.

Media Contacts:

Poverty Research Centre Task Force
Ross Fair  rfair9@rogers.com  Cell: 519-495-9614

King’s University College
Jane Antoniak jane.antoniak@kings.uwo.ca 
ph: 519-433-3491 x4384; Cell: 519-719-9366

 

 

Friday
Apr042014

Pothole Territory!

“The sun is out. The grass is ris. I wonder where the birdies is?” Obviously Mother Nature is not familiar with the old days. The joy of living in Canada! Eh! It makes us who we are as staunch Canadians. This begs the question “What makes a staunch Christian?” “The SON is out. The LORD is Ris. I wonder where the Christian is?”

We walk on, entering another week during Lent pointing toward Jerusalem. Just like the city roads and highways, I’m sure like myself, you’ve encountered many potholes – large and small. It is also the same with our spiritual lives. We can choose to do a quick fix (six weeks of Lent) or a semi-permanent fix which will last for at least a few years (real conversion).

Like the city roads folks may be short of funds because of poor planning (sorry Mayor Joe); therefore, some of the potholes receive only a hit and miss mending. So too with the results of our own Lenten resolutions, we may not have planned well or we may have overestimated our ability for conversion. The important thing to remember is that conversion is the work of a lifetime.

Think of the cars and trucks that don’t see or anticipate the potholes. Here we find ourselves again, just from a different angle. Either we avoid or we tackle the potholes?! Challenges from every side! But we forget all that as spring progresses and summer is on the horizon. When summer arrives let’s make sure we look in the rear-view mirror, it will call us to look to reality. Like our Christian life each season has its joys and challenges making for “never a dull moment”.

Keep your eyes wide open for those potholes or they will find you every time. Will you patch or fix? Just remember the Lenten road is heading into the final march toward death and resurrection.

I wonder if there were any potholes on the road to Jerusalem?

Barbara Vaughan, CSJ

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