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!!