May Visit to the Atlantic Region by Monica Lambton

Bringing inspiration through the power point presentation.Celebrating Sr. Ellen’s 90th Birthday in Miramichi.Associates in Woodstock, NB with Sister Eleanor and Monica.Associates in Miramichi, NB.Associates engaged in a dynamic discussion after the presentation at “The Small Plot”.Sister Becky and Sister Eileen at home at the “Small Plot” in Three Brooks, NSThe traveling team:  Eleanor McCloskey, CND, Anne T. Gillis, CND, Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator, Eileen Roach, CND.Monica, Sister Ellen and Sister Marie with the beautiful Miramichi River in the background.A large and enthusiastic group of Sisters, Associates and friends gather at Notre Dame Convent in Charlottetown for the JPIC Pre

Bringing inspiration through the power point presentation.

Celebrating Sr. Ellen’s 90th Birthday in Miramichi.

Associates in Woodstock, NB with Sister Eleanor and Monica.

Associates in Miramichi, NB.

Associates engaged in a dynamic discussion after the presentation at “The Small Plot”.

Sister Becky and Sister Eileen at home at the “Small Plot” in Three Brooks, NS

The traveling team:  Eleanor McCloskey, CND, Anne T. Gillis, CND, Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator, Eileen Roach, CND.

Monica, Sister Ellen and Sister Marie with the beautiful Miramichi River in the background.

A large and enthusiastic group of Sisters, Associates and friends gather at Notre Dame Convent in Charlottetown for the JPIC Pre

JPIC Coordinator, Monica Lambton, was in the Atlantic region May 6 - 13 with visits to Woodstock and Miramichi in NB, Charlottetown (Notre Dame Convent) and at the Small Plot in NS where I met with Sisters and Associates in the Pictou-New Glasgow area.  I had a power point presentation showing the work of our JPIC Office and sharing information on several current issues.

The title of my presentation was, “Making the Links and Forming Hearts for Social Justice in the Future:  Our Role as Invitors, Mentors and Nurturers”. The outline included an introduction to JPIC, a discussion on Noah Spirituality and making the links with our numerous JPIC issues and a conclusion focusing on what we can we do to make a difference.  The presentation addressed the experience that many of us have of feeling overwhelmed by concerns about the environment, poverty and social justice issues while at the same time wanting to help young people sort out how to connect their faith with these critical issues. We navigated through some of these topics with the help of "Noah Spirituality" which is the creation of Fr. Rayappa, who is a Catholic Priest, theologian and environmental educator and activist in India. 

It was great to connect with so many accomplished Sisters and Associates who appreciated hearing about JPIC and who were keen to share their experiences and comments on local issues. Much of the input and feedback will be integrated into next year’s priorities and action plan for JPIC.

Midway through the tour, two JPIC Core Committee members, Eileen Roach and Eleanor McCloskey, and I attended the CRC-Atlantic meeting (Canadian Religious Conference) in Moncton. It was truly a privilege to be present and hear of the justice and peace involvements and projects of the various religious communities in Atlantic Canada. A spirit of hope and energy came across clearly in the animated dialogue among the 22 participants.

Thanks to all who joined us and special thanks to those who hosted and organized events.