Associate Retreat in Lethbridge, Alberta (September 23-25, 2016)


At the end of September, our Lethbridge Associate members linked together with those from Calgary for our annual retreat. Sisters Theresa, Josie and Josephine took charge of the Friday evening session with their usual warmth of welcome,  prayer, song and reflection. How fortunate we were to have Sister Marion Sheridan as our retreat presenter! Having faithfully served as the NGO liaison representative at the UN for the past thirteen years, she shared some of her vast knowledge and anecdotal experiences in a number of very interesting lectures and made us more aware of that vast organization’s inner workings, its goals, targets, successes, failures and the ongoing multiple and complex challenges therein. Following are some Associates comments flowing from the weekend:

  • surprised at the religious involvement and amount of work at the UN
  • we can now better understand that organization
  • gained insight as to functions, levels, duties and role of the UN NGOs
  • better understood the efforts of the people who promote a need for a concerted awareness of the global plight of so many individuals whose lives are in disarray

A Sunday morning mass celebrated by Father Roque centered around the theme of mercy brought the retreat to a close. The four part singing was most uplifting. Mary Schmid was then joyfully welcomed into the Martha Associates. No one departed for home before enjoying fellowship over one of Lynne’s lovely lunch creations.

Submitted by Annella Wehlage and Ina Boyden

Sydney Martha Associates

Notes from the Sydney Associate group’s recent October meeting:

Lovely opening Prayer: The Spirit Hovers over Creation . Review of our annual retreat. Encouragement to add to our website so the Associates will use it. Planning projects to be “Pockets of Hope” in our community beginning with a monthly food and clothing drive for Loaves and Fishes.  Cathy Macadam’s Poem on Mercy is on the Associate website!


Mercy The Path

This poem came into being with the help from the Holy Spirit and praying to Mother Theresa.  I promised the Holy Spirit if he would help me that I would give him the credit for the poem.

Mercy The Path

The life of Christ is a journey
that presents to each of us an action
of laying down our life –
casting off cares and worries
to embrace our brothers and sisters
of this present world!

Our world is torn and bombarded with a shiftless
disregard for life!
A slow deliberate attempt to devalue humanity and remove
God’s loving Presence from the core of Life!

It is imperative that we answer Yes
to the challenge of action in love and mercy
to every human being
the Gospel of Christ is our mantra!

Christ’s mercy is life giving
constantly moving, shifting, molding, melting
and bringing together!
Christ is aware of all the changes – the silent ones
and the ones that clap with Thunder!

In our present Society we need to stand up for God
This action is a daring one
living out The Way, The Truth and The Life
will cost you dearly
This present world will reject you
and insult you because of me
keep going…keep extending mercy…keep
welcoming strangers…keep sharing and building up!

Help them to know me – love them as I love you!

My arms are always open…

                        By:  Cathy MacAdam
Reserve Mines, Cape Breton
September 16, 2016

ARCAN Update

green earth with hands-3This article is the second in a series of three articles written by a member of The Arcan Communications Committee.The first article , written by Cora Shebib sc Associate, was circulated to the Atlantic Religious Congregations and Associates Network(ARCAN) in the fall of 2015. This article repeats some of Cora’s reflection, takes a brief look at ARCAN’S beginnings and shares with you the fruits of the October,2015 meeting at The Barat Residence,Sacred Heart Convent, Halifax ,N.S.

ARCAN first met in the CND’s Stella Maris Convent in Pictou , N.S. in 2002.The following congregations and associates were represented at that first meeting:PEI Marthas, Antigonish Marthas, CND’S, SCIC,Saint John, SC, Halifax, Assumption Sisters,Yarmouth,and Filles de Jesus, Moncton. Thirteen years later at our October,2015 meeting five congregations of religious and associates were represented, CSM PEI, CSM Antigonish, SC Halifax, ,Mercy N’fld and RCSJ, Halifax and representing the CND’S are two Associate co- directors. Might this be the future of other associates’ groups? Continue reading

A Trip to Denver and Beyond

Four Sisters of St. Martha and  a couple of Martha Associtates attended the Vicentian Family Gathering in Denver, Colorado, October 23-25, 2015.  The theme was: Going Deeper: Building Community and Collaborating for Systemic Change around Homelessness. Mike Finifan from the Sydney Associate group attended the gathering and wrote the following article on his experience. 

Martha Associate Mike Finigan travelling to the Vincentian Family Gathering in DenverMartha Associate Mike Finigan travelling to the Vincentian Family Gathering in Denver

It’s Monday, October 26, 2015 and the people who run the Double Tree Hilton Hotel on East Orchard Road in Denver Colorado are carrying on their business like nothing happened on the weekend. The people who met for the Vincentian Family Gathering too all packed their bags and headed for the airport to fly home to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Kansas City, Washington, Tampa, Vancouver, Halifax, Sydney… and many points in between, to go back to business as usual. Like nothing happened.

But something did happen.

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Glace Bay Associates

Glace Bay 2015 (3)The Glace Bay group met on Sunday, October 18, 2015. All seven were there. David and Paula Nearing, Marggie Turnbull, Linda Mc Neil, Ken Mac Adam, Joanne Crosby and Kathy MacDonald.Glace Bay 2015 (2)

David lead us in Prayer and sharing. We shared about Donna Marinelli and how she influenced us.

We all answered the NACAR survey which is sent in the mail to all the coordinators to give to the  Associates.Glace Bay 2015 (1)

We agreed to read the Sycamore for next Meeting and be ready to share something that struck them.

We met at the Nearings and everyone brought goodies.

Sister Claudette Gallant