“Together We Hold the Future in Our Hands” – Development and Peace Social Justice Weekend

Anishinabe Spiritual Centre

Anderson Lake, Espanola

September 21 – 23, 2012


Cost (Includes registration,   six meals and two nights lodging)

Adults: $125 ($140 after Sept. 7)

Youth: $40 ($45 after Sept. 7)


The weekend will focus on a spirituality of social justice and development of an action plan for our parishes and schools to help bring us in greater solidarity with the people in the Global South.




    • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Registration
    • 6:00 p.m.        Supper
    • 7:00 p.m.        Welcome / Opening  Prayer /  Icebreaker
    • 7:30 p.m.        Fr. David
    • 9:00 p.m.        Closing Prayer

Saturday morning

    • 8:00 a.m.         Breakfast
    • 9:00 a.m.          Prayer / Announcements
    • 9:10 a.m.         Fr. David
    • 11:00 a.m.        Break
    • 11:15 a.m.        Fr. David
    • 12:00 Noon     Lunch

Saturday afternoon

    • 1:15 p.m.         Fr. David
    • 1:15 p.m.         Youth Session
    • 2:30 p.m.        Break
    • 2:45 p.m.        Fr. David
    •  3:30p.m.        Closing Prayer
    • 4:30p.m.         Eucharist           
    • 5:30p.m.         Supper

Saturday evening

    • 7:00 p.m.        National Report: An update on Development and Peace by National Council Member, Michel Denis
    • 8:00p.m.         Social

Sunday morning

    • 8:00 a.m.         Breakfast
    • 9:00 a.m.         Prayer
    • 9:10 a.m.         D&P Fall  Action  Campaign
    • 10:00 a.m.       Break
    • 10:15 a.m.        Fall Action
    • 11:00 a.m.        Regional Groups (action planning for parishes and schools).  / Evaluation
    • 11:45 a.m.        Closing Prayer
    • 12:00 Noon     Lunch and Farewell


To register, please complete this form, along with a cheque for $140.00 ($125 early registration), or Youth $45.00 ($40 early registration) made out to SSM CCODP Diocesan Council and send to: Doreen Merkas, 202-35 Spruce St. Garson, ON, P3L 1N7; phone 705 693-0424, email zagorja@sympatico.ca

Early Registration: by Mon., Sept. 10, 2012

(Deadline for registration or for a cancellation refund: Fri., Sept. 14, 2012)

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Please bring a journal or notebook.

If you play a musical instrument please bring it along!



June 2012

First, the definition of a new model of development, to which Rio+20 seeks to contribute, must be completely anchored in, and permeated by, those principles which are the basis for the effective protection of human dignity. These principles are fundamental for the correct implementation of a development marked by special concern for persons who are in most vulnerable situations, and thus they guarantee respect for the centrality of the human person. These principles call for: 

      • responsibility, even when changes must be made to patterns of production and consumption in order to ensure that they reflect an appropriate lifestyle;
      • promoting and sharing in the common good; 
      • access to primary goods, included such essential and fundamental goods as nutrition, education, security, peace and health; 
      • a universal solidarity capable of acknowledging the unity of the human family;
      • the protection of creation which in turn is linked to inter-generational equity; moreover, inter-generational solidarity requires taking into account the ability of future generations to discharge developmental burdens; 
      • intra-generational equity, which is closely linked to social justice; 
      • the universal destination not only of goods, but also of the fruits of human enterprise. 

Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20-22, 2012

We are not hapless bystanders; the future is God’s gift to us. Will my hands, heart and mind remain open to being instruments for just social change?  Our bond to Christ’s lasting love is the way. 

Weekend facilitated Fr. David Shulist S.J., Director, Anishinabe Spiritual Centre

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