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CNWE 2019 National Conference
“Choosing Our Destiny”

Seneca College Residence
& Conference Centre
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7PM FRIDAY MAY 31, 2019 
UNTIL 1PM SUNDAY JUNE 2, 2019
–– • ––Keynote Speaker and Facilitator:
Dolores Hall
Seasoned facilitator, councillor, conference presenter,
spiritual director and retreat director
across Canada and Internationally
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THE SEED KEEPERS:
Spring, 2018
Edited by Virginia Lafond
Contents:

  • Cathy Holtmann on Gervais’s Book
  • Jocelyn Rait tells about the Gervais
    book launch
  • Lorraine Green: What is a Catholic Woman?
  • Felix Kryzanowski: His Association with CNWE
  • Christine Gebel’s reflection
  • Veronica Dunne tells her history with CNWE
  • Letters & News about a new
    western CNWE local
  • Linda Spear: Her CNWE experience
  • CNWE’S 2018 AGM
  • Membership Form
  • A word from From Mary McAleese
    View/Download the pdf version here.

THE SEED KEEPERS:
Fall, 2018
Edited by Virginia Lafond
Contents:

  • Rait: Remembering Marion
  • Kryzanowski: Episcopal Ordination
  • Mills: Saying ‘No’
  • Zarins: ‘Female Pew Catholic’
  • Fromm: Deaconate to Priesthood Calling
  • Lafond: Book Review
  • You’ve heard?
  • The Parliament of the World’s Religions
  • Important Message from NWG
    View/Download the pdf version here.
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With Gratitude for the Life of Sr. Louise Akers, Sister of Charity of Cincinnati

By Mary Ellen Chown

Members of the Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (cnwe.ca) were sorry to hear of the death of Sr. Louise Akers, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati on February 7, 2018.

Sr. Louise devoted 50 years of her life to social justice work and especially to advocating for gender and racial equality.

CNWE was delighted when Sr. Louise graciously accepted our invitation to be a keynote speaker at our National conference in 2013 in Sudbury, ON. In her address, Sr. Louise urged us to see the global ‘paradigm shift’ toward a ‘prophetic imagination’ for justice and equality. We were also inspired by her own prophetic witness in 2009 when she was ordered by then Archbishop of Cincinnati, Daniel Pilarczyk to publicly renounce her support for women’s ordination in the Catholic church or else she would be prohibited from continuing her teaching, retreat facilitation and social justice ministry in the Archdiocese. Sr. Louise refused to comply with this edict, stating: “Women’s ordination is a justice issue. Its basis is the value, dignity and equality of women. I believe this to my very core. To publicly state otherwise would be a lie and a violation of my conscience. I love, support and cherish the part of church that upholds the Gospel mission and vision of Jesus.”

On behalf of the Catholic Network for Women’s Equality, the National Work Group of CNWE offers sincere condolences to the members of both Sr. Louise Akers family and her religious community. May all who knew and loved Sr. Louise be inspired by her lifelong commitment to ‘living the Gospel’. May we continue her work for justice and equality in the Catholic church and in the world.

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