Let's respond to his invitation with our prayer and commitment. The beginning of the universal prayer of the Closing Mass of the 50th of Development and Peace, held on November 25 at the Basilica of St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, sums up well the mission that our organization has set itself as we have collaborated (and still do) to the building of his Kingdom by our solidarity with the poorest of the global South, for the last 50 years.
The Mass, presided over by Bishop Morissette, bishop of St-Jérôme, took place nicely, to the sound of an organist and the angelic voices of Les Petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal. We also benefited from the presence of Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim, eparchial bishop of the Greek-Melkite Catholics of Canada. The participation of certain members of the National Council was required for the readings and the offering procession, especially that of our president, Jean-Denis Lampron, as deacon.
I think I can say that this Eucharistic celebration has been a welcomed moment of peace and contemplation for all participants. And I would like to thank my two main collaborators for this: Sister Marie-Andrée Daigneault and Françoise Lagacé, both members of the National Council.
© Gilles Pilette for Development and Peace