The Atlantic Area Assembly was held September 15 in Amherst, NS. The theme for the day, "Prayer and Action", was led by Michael Cassidy, ofs in a well prepared presentation. He guided the group on how to introduce JPIC into fraternity using the concept of the JPIC Moment. He demonstrated that each fraternity can adapt the concept to suit their fraternity regardless of its size. A committee could simply be two people. He left us with an excellent handout titled, A Resource Book for JPIC Committees. Download it for your fraternity and consider adapting its concepts. Each fraternity should begin by appointing a JPIC representative as a starting point.
A few pictures from Sunday's liturgy with Fr. Benny and Fr. Paul presiding. The Book of Remembrance was displayed all weekend with deceased members recorded. We encourage you to submit pictures to Sherrill Guimond (see directory for email address).
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The new National Minister writes:
"Dear sisters and brothers,
I am writing to inform you that, during today's elective session of the National Chapter of the Secular Franciscan Order of Canada, I was elected as National Minister.
Since the office of minister at two levels is incompatible, I have resigned as minister of our local fraternity of St. Francis of Assisi in Cornwall, PEI. The Vice-Minister of our fraternity, Ruth Cassidy, will assume the duties of minister of our fraternity, effective immediately.
I am also pleased to inform you that Marion Clorey, also a member of St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, was elected as Vice-Minister for Canada's anglophone regions.
Finally, I would like to inform you that Michel David, our Regional Minister, was elected as Canada's International Councillor. The other members of the new National Council are listed below with the accompanying photo.
Please pray for me and for the newly elected National Council that we will have the strength and courage to fulfill our responsibilities in the service of the Secular Franciscan Order in Canada.
Wishing you peace and all that is good.
Doug Clorey, ofs
Note: In addition to the eastern members noted above, Harvey Leveques, Edmunston (former member of John XXIII fraternity), was also elected. This makes for a strong representation from the east. Congratulations to the new Council! It was a wonderful fraternal weekend with beautiful Franciscans from across our country. - FF
left to right: Pedro Zitha, OFM (General Assistant), Jewel Jasmins (National Formator), Françoise Malboeuf (Vice-Minister, Francophone regions), Michel David (International Councillor), Doug Clorey (National Minister), Marion Clorey(Vice-Minister, Anglophone regions), Harvey Levesque (Treasurer), Debbie Tessier (Secretary), Michel Janian (International Presidency Councillor), Peter Knappen, OFM Conv (National Assistant)
Fraternities, we would like to share any news you have, just email it to George or Sherrill Guimond or send to Contact Us. Send your photos.