CANADA-UNITED STATESSaint Paul University’s new Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre Offices
On November 7, Dr. Chantal Beauvais, Rector of Saint Paul University (SPU), together with Catherine McKenna, MP for Ottawa Centre, Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, and several other dignitaries, officially opened the university’s new Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre Offices.
The creation of the Centre was made possible by a leadership gift of $800,000 from the Saint Paul University Oblate Fund Inc.
"Our vision at Saint Paul University is to be the face of change by building a more inclusive and compassionate society,” said SPU Rector Chantal Beauvais. "Actualizing that vision starts with our unique programs and services, such as those offered by our Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre. We are extremely grateful to the Saint Paul University Oblate Fund Inc. for its generous donation, which supports our efforts to become transformational leaders.”
"The completion of this project clearly reflects the University’s commitment to meeting new needs with purpose, generosity and creativity,” noted Father Luc TARDIF, chair of SPU’s fundraising campaign.
The Centre is one of the main providers of community counselling services in the Ottawa–Gatineau region. It welcomes a diverse clientele, and offers counselling services in English and French for individuals, couples and families. Fees are negotiable depending on the client’s financial situation.
Services are provided by counselling interns at the master’s and doctoral level in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Saint Paul University. The interns are supervised by counsellors, psychotherapists and/or psychologists who are certified and accredited by a recognized professional association. This year, 120 students will provide more than 10,000 counselling sessions to clients in the region. (http://ustpaul.ca/)
In the year of the 200th anniversary of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Year of Mercy, Assumption Province’s media ministry, Catholic Family Radio, undertook the initiative to organize the Canadian premier of the Oratorio Persecuted for the Faith because of My Name, which took place on October 23, 2016, at the Living Arts Center in Mississauga. The mission of this event was to make our society aware of Christian prosecution in different parts of the world, especially in the Middle East.
In the twentieth century, 45 million Christians were martyred. In recent years, worldwide, 105-170 thousand Christians have been killed for their faith in Christ. Christians are persecuted and live in mortal danger in more than 50 countries and in 70 countries around the world, faith in restricted. A portion of the proceeds from the concerts will go towards the needs of the church in Syria and Iraq.
This Oratorio is the latest composition of Piotr Rubik and lyricist Zbigniew Ksiazek and was composed at a request of the Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy Father, dedicated to Christians that were martyred in the twentieth century. Because Of My Name had premiered in Kielce, Poland on June 26, 2016, and was followed with a performance on July 29, 2016 during World Youth Day in Krakow. It was enthusiastically received by the youth in attendance. Lyrics and narration were inspired by homilies and speeches made by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko in the years proceeding his murder in October of 1984.
The songs performed in the Oratorio consist of deep reflections on the persecution of Christians. The concert started off with a composition defining "good” and what it means to each of us. The program then moved through the topics of prayer, war, and peace.
The second part of the concert focused on the killing of Christians and on evil in the world, ending with a prayer to Mary asking her to save our world and stop these murders. Short excerpts from Fr. Popieluszko’s letters, journals and homilies were read between sections of the performance, leaving the audience in awe. Everyone in attendance responded with great enthusiasm and at the end of the concert thanked Mr. Rubik, along with the performers, with a long-standing ovation. (Ania Olejniczak in Assumption Province News and Views, November 2016)
Fr. Douglas JEFFREY tells of a new prayer ministry in Western Canada.
Have you ever planted a garden? Have you noticed how the seeds you place in the soil never look at all like the plant they eventually become?
In January 2015, God brought Dan and Janice Lamoureux to The Oblate Hill in Battleford, intent on helping the Oblates there. At the same time as they were responding to that prompting of the Spirit, I was returning from ministry east of The Battlefords. I was not listening to God's prompting. I was engaged with God. I was asking God for help in moving the idea of a house of prayer forward. When I arrived home, Dan and Janice were visiting with Brother Don CLAERHOUT. What a surprise we had when we met and they shared their desire to help, and I shared my prayer and our need. From that moment, it was obvious that the hand of God was at work.
In April 2016 God's grace intervened, as new doors were opened for us when Dan and Janice purchased a small, 100-acre farm just west of the town of Wilkie in West Central Saskatchewan. The dream of an Oblate Associate / Oblate contemplative community began to be realized. It is our dream to live and work and pray and minister together.
Today the community is taking shape. Our beginnings are small. There is a two-bedroom house and a two-bedroom trailer. There are several buildings on the property, a good supply of water, and 100 acres of good Saskatchewan soil. Our community life and ministry is characterized by Oblate values, by self-sustainability, and choices that are eco-friendly. Our focus is contemplative prayer and faith formation (in-house and outreach).
Together we shape a communal way of life -- work, prayer and ministry that enables us to answer in word and deed the question posed by Jesus, "Who do you say that I am?" What the future holds for us is only partly known to us. Today we are focused on following the Spirit of God moment by moment. We recognize that the seed has begun to grow. We know that the invitation to draw nearer to God is clear and that in some small way we are being invited to share God's life and love with others, enabling them to be more fully alive.
Since receiving the encouragement of the Oblate district and the Provincial Core Team leadership to move forward with this idea, we have met with the leadership of the local Diocesan churches (Prince Albert and Saskatoon) and have received further encouragement, support and blessing. Our meeting with the local pastor has also been a wonderful encounter. His openness and his support is a source of encouragement for us. We look forward to assisting him, when we can, in his work of building up the Body of Christ.
We know that we want to welcome others who share a need for contemplative prayer and community life. Because of that, visitors and enquirers are always welcome for prayer, to enjoy the life and work of the farm, and / or for some Oblate hospitality around the kitchen table. There is always a quiet place, a pair of work gloves or a waiting chair. Come and see! (Oblate Spirit, November 2016)