Augustinians International Days for Reflection
The international Augustinian Order, as an accredited Non-Governmental Organization (N.G.O.) at the United Nations, seeks to be an instrument for implementing values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as reflected in the social teachings of the Catholic Church, in the international forum.
The Order works to defend human rights, promote education and literacy, as well as economic and social development, and to foster a Culture of Peace.
The Augustinians around the world have selected seven International U. N. Days for special observance. These days give particular emphasis to Christian values.
Each day includes prayers and short liturgical service to help focus and meditate on the theme of the day.
International Day of Families – May 15 (Vatican Charter – the Rights of Families)
International Day of Peace – September 21
World Food Day – October 16
United Nations Day – October 24 (Pope Francis addresses the United Nations, September 2020 “The Future We Want, the United Nations We Need”
Human Rights Day – December 10 (YouTube, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Justice & Peace Lay Network Meets in Kingston, Ontario
Several lay people who are working or volunteering for the Church in various capacities meet regularly to discuss matters of mutual concern and to discuss ways to collaborate with the Church and its various institutions and other faith groups.
This meeting was held in Kingston, Ontario on Monday June 12, 2017. Some of the items up for discussion included the following:
- Development & Peace has a new book entitled “Jubilee: 50 Years of Solidarity”. In 1967, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace was launched by the Canadian bishops. This book brings together hundreds of photographs and original articles. It can be ordered from Novalis.
- The Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of the Canadian Government has asked Prime Minister Trudeau to ask the Pope to visit Canada and declare an apology for the issues related to the Church and residential schools in Canada. To date the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has not responded.
- “Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle” has been formed to further reconciliation efforts with Canada’s indigenous peoples. This is reported in the Catholic Register – Our Lady of Guadalupe
- The Ontario Government has published “The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples”. Please see Journey Together
- The crisis of the 13th month. What happens when the Government cheques for refugees stops after one year, 12 months? This was discussed on the CBC radio program Cross Country Check-up and can be found at 13th Month
- Canada – US Safe Third Country Agreement. Under the Agreement, refugee claimants are required to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in, unless they qualify for an exception to the Agreement. You can see more at Safe 3rd Country Agreement
The next meeting of the network will be in the Spring of 2018.
Villanova College, King City, Ontario, Canada – The Way of the Cross
On April 11, 2017 the students and staff at Villanova College presented “The Way of the Cross” with social justice themes.
It starts inside the school, then moves outside on the grounds of Marylake, then enters the shrine church for its conclusion.
Each station consists of: a narration from scripture of what the station is. There are several pictures at each station depicting the traditional station image, and other images related to a specific social justice theme.
Each station has a short commentary related to the social justice theme.Application is made to modern life today. Some stations have “actors”, some have images projected on a screen, or a short dramatic presentation.
Each station concludes with a prayer related to the social justice theme, and is recited by all students.
When the students have arrived at the shrine church for the final movement there is a closing dance ritual.
Please watch the entire Way of the Cross at this link:
Justice & Peace, Integrity of Creation Lay Network (JPIC)
The JPIC network meets twice yearly in Kingston, Ontario and had its most recent meeting in June 2016. Representatives came from Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Kingston. Brian Dwyer from the Canadian Augustinian Centre for Social Justice (CACSJ) was part of the group. The meeting dealt with several updates and provided some new information as well. The highlights follow.
- Various “Town Hall” sessions are occurring across Ontario on the theme of climate change
- Marguerite Bourgeoys Place in Kingston will have 95 more units
- Kingston held a series of sessions on Laudato Si and was very successful
- Ontario has a new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration – Laura Albanese
- The Sponsorship Agreement Holder’s agreement with the Federal Government will expire in December 2016 and a new one will be negotiated and take effect in January 2017
- United Nations is hosting a high level meeting on the large movement of peoples around the world in September 2016 in New York. Please visit their site: Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants
The chapter has been submitted to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and it is being edited with all the other chapters written by various groups.
A conference will be held in May 2018 to close out the project.
“Canada 150” is a project which names 150 people who have worked for peace.
April 9, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP GUIDE
This guide is in use in the Ottawa Archdiocese. The Assembly of Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) has it on their website. There will be a new guide published after the CCCB publishes their document on Laudato Si.
The World Day of Prayer for Creation is September 1.
CLIMATE ACTION RESOURCES
Several resources were discussed and websites provided.
- A public justice vision for Canada’s Climate Action Plan.
- Infographic: Christian Voices for Climate Change
- Add Your Voice to Canada’s Climate Plan
- “It’s Time to Stand Together” – Anglican Journal Article
DIGNITY FOR ALL
People are encouraged to sign on to the campaign at: Dignity for All
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is October 17, 2016