New Brunswick CNWE New Year Gathering

CNWE NB invites women and men interested in equality and social justice to join us for our annual January gathering.  We will meet at the home of member Anne Brennan, 218 Marlborough Drive, Fredericton on Saturday 14 January from 10:00 to 4:00.

Our guest for the morning is Pat Carlson.  Pat was executive director of the Fredericton Emergency Shelter and the Grace House women’s shelter for twelve years before founding “Changes.”  Changes is a store that sells quality, pre-owned goods.  But more importantly, Changes is an organization that provides an opportunity for anyone serious about wanting to change their lives to learn the basics about maintaining a job. Changes is managed by staff who have experience working with people who have struggled to maintain employment.  Pat will speak about her commitment to those who lives on the margins of Fredericton society and how others can support her in this work.

Lunch will be a potluck feast.

In the afternoon we will organize for our Purple Stole Vigil which will take place this year on Tuesday 3 April 2012 in front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John.

As always, we welcome new participants to join us in a day that will include prayer, fellowship, great food, and inspiring conversation!

For further information, contact Cathy Holtmann:

Toronto CNWE Day of Reflection


A Day of Reflection With Caroline Dawson IBVM*

Saturday, February 4, 2012

At Loretto College

70 St. Mary St. Toronto (Two blocks south of Bay St. subway station, paid parking on the street or at St. Basil’s Church.)

Gather for coffee 9:30 A.M. Reflection Day 10 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. Lunch will be provided.

Suggested donation $20, or what you can afford.

Tales-for-a-toonie: if you have books, CDs or DVDs that you do not use any more, bring them to donate to CNWE. You may also bring your toonies to buy something that will be “new for you”.


PLEASE, let us know by Friday, January 27, if you are coming.




Caroline Dawson was born and raised in Niagara Falls, an experience which gave her a deep love for creation and nature. She joined the Loretto sisters in 1958; she did her BA! and teacher training at the University of Toronto. She taught high school in Weyburn, Toronto and Guelph before starting her theological studies in 1971 ( one of the first two women admitted to the M. Div.programme at the Faculty of Theology, St. Michael’s College). !She was invited to join the staff in 1976, and became a faculty member the following year with her appointment as Director of Field Education.!She completed the Doctor of Ministry programme in 1984, again the first woman accepted into the programme.!In the late eighties, Caroline joined the team at Providence Spirituality Centre, Kingston. In 2001 she accepted an invitation to the !Loretto Spirituality Centre, Niagara Falls. After it closed she stayed in Niagara Falls free-lancing. After a fairly lengthy discernment, Caroline returned to Toronto in 2010. One of the ministries Caroline continues to be involved in as a faculty member is the Haden Institute, a programme for training people to be spiritual directors/companions. Some of her main interests continue to be feminism, adult learning!, spiritual direction, mystery books, politics, movies!and history.!