September 8 & 9, 2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia
A recent meeting of the ARCAN Steering Committee was held at Barat residence in Halifax, September 8 and 9th, 2017. Sr. Claudette Gallant, Director of Associates, Julia Townsend, Co-Director, as well as Linda Longmire, Associate, Trenton Group, joined with Sisters and Associates of other Atlantic Congregations for the annual meeting. Topics discussed included a review of the ARCAN Conference which was held in June “Greening Our Hearts” with special guest speaker, Dolores Hall. Overall, the Conference was enjoyed by all who attended. As well, the group discussed whether ARCAN should continue into the future. This lead to much reflection among the group, ending with a resounding ‘YES”. It was acknowledged that ARCAN provides a wonderful networking among Atlantic Congregations, Sisters and Associates. This followed with proposing ways to make ARCAN a better resource for us all. We also decided to continue with the Conference every three years. This time period was needed as booking speakers and making preparations requires an enormous amount of planning and work!! The group also discussed how to keep the Congregation Charisms alive over time within the hearts of the Associates. There will be much more discussion on this topic in the coming year!! It was a wonderful weekend and a great way to connect and network!!
This 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
The Sisters of St. Martha recently hosted their annual fall retreat for sisters and associates and this year’s retreat presenter was Sheila O’Handley. Sheila is a Hermit and lives at a beautiful Hermitage in Newfoundland, a Place of Solitude & Prayer.
The theme or our retreat was ‘My Shadow…. My Other Self’. Our time was spent in reflection and silence and after each input session we were invited to work on the process of finding our ‘shadow selves.’ It was a wonderful weekend retreat that both challenged and gave us all food for thought.
As some may know, I was invited to attend this weekend again this year, to give a presentation at the closing gathering with information on NACAR (North American Conference of Associates & Religious) highlighting on our role and activities this past year plus our upcoming 20th Anniversary, the CARA study, and various surveys/results from our membership. I closed with an invitation to check out our active NACAR website plus past and present copies of The Associate.
As this special prayer filled weekend ended, we left with our hearts burning and a deeper love of our God, ourselves and one another.
Submitted by Peggy Madigan