Share Lent 2015 Solidarity Visitors

Father Edwin Gariguez

Executive Secretary of Caritas Philippines (National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace, NASSA), Philippines
Photo Credit: Goldman Environmental Prize

Father Edwin Gariguez, affectionately known as Father Edu, is a priest and the executive secretary of Caritas Philippines. Caritas Philippines, also called NASSA (National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace), is the advocacy and social development arm of the Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

Originally from Quezon Province on the island of Luzon, Father Edu has lived and worked on the island of Mindoro for decades. In his early social justice work, he established the Peasant Empowerment and Advocacy Network (Peasant-Net), a provincial federation of poor farmers, which advocates for agrarian reform in Mindoro. With the aggressive promotion of mining in the Philippines, Father Edu has also extensively worked on anti-mining initiatives, including co-founding the Alliance Against Mining (ALAMIN), a broad coalition of Mindoro residents, elected officials, civil society groups, church leaders and Indigenous peoples who oppose mining on the island. In 2012, Father Edu was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, in recognition of his efforts to voice objections against large-scale mining projects in the Philippines, on behalf of Indigenous communities.

Our work in the Philippines:
Development and Peace has been working with partners in the Philippines to improve democracy and citizen participation, access and control over natural resources, and ecological justice. Development and Peace has also carried out extensive recovery and reconstruction efforts to respond to the aftermath of supertyphoon Haiyan, in November 2013, and more recently Typhoon Hagupit in early December 2014.

Visiting region:
British Columbia

February 15 - 27

Activities ­­schedule >

Father Edwin Gariguez

Mass at St. Mark’s Parish 
Sunday, February 15th
Concelebrating at 9:30am and 11:30am masses, coffee social at 10:30am, presentation at 11:10am
St. Mark’s Parish @UBC, 5935 Iona Drive, Vancouver

Presentation with the Secular Franciscans 
Sunday, February 15th
Franciscan Social Table at 2:10pm, presentation from 2:30pm‐3:30pm.
St. Francis of Assisi, 2525 Napier Street, Vancouver

Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church 
Sunday, February 15th at 7:00pm
Concelebrating Filipino mass
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2725 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Sweat Lodge Ceremony 
Monday February 16th
Sweat Lodge Ceremony at 3:30pm, welcome circle at 5:00pm and dinner with D&P members at 5:30pm.
29/31 West Pender, Vancouver

Shrove Tuesday presentations
Tuesday, February 17th
Presentation to gr. 9 and gr. 11 religion classes 8:50pm‐10:10am, presentation to gr. 9 students 11:40am‐12:55pm, presentation to gr. 9 class 1:45‐3:00pm, speaking to leadership team 3:00pm‐4:00pm. 
St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School, 541 West Keith Road, North Vancouver

Share Lent Campaign Launch 
Wednesday, February 18th
Concelebrating mass with Archbishop Miller 12:15pm
Holy Rosary Cathedral, 646 Richards Street, Vancouver

Ash Wednesday Mass
Wednesday, February 18th
Mass at 7pm, presentation at 8pm.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2881 Main St., Vancouver

Lunch Meeting at St. Patrick’s Church
Thursday, February 19th
Lunch meeting at 12:00pm
St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 34 South Alder Street, Campbell River

Presentation at Church of the Ascension 
Thursday, February 19th
Presentation at 5:00pm, followed by a potluck dinner at 6:00pm. 
Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembley Road, Parksville

Lunch with Elders at St. Edwards Church
Friday, February 20th
Lunch at 11:15pm followed by a presentation at 1:15pm. 
St. Edwards Church, 2085 Maple Bay Road, Duncan

Serving at Poverty Dinner 
Friday, February 20th
Dinner serving at 4:30pm. 
Bayanihan Community Centre, 1709 Blanshard Street, Victoria

Potluck Dinner with Bishop Gary 
Friday, February 20th
Potluck supper at 7:00pm followed by a presentation at 8:30pm. 
St. Patrick’s Parish, 2060 Haultain Street, Victoria

Filipino Mass at Our Lady of the Valley 
Saturday, February 21st at 6:00pm
Our Lady of the Valley, 10102 Middleton Drive, Coldstream, Vernon

Mass at Our Lady of the Valley 
Sunday, February 22nd
Mass at 10:30am followed by a presentation at 12:00pm.
Our Lady of the Valley, 10102 Middleton Drive, Coldstream, Vernon

Presentation at Youth Gathering
Sunday, February 22nd at 5:00pm 
Parish Centre, 2700 28th Ave, Vernon

Presentation for Grades 3‐7 at St. James’ School 
Monday, February 23rd from 9:00am to 10:00am
St. James’ School, 2700 28th Ave, Vernon 

Webinar Session with BC/Yukon Members 
Monday, February 23rd at 7:30pm
Hosted from Oliver 

Webinar Session with Just Youth Group
Tuesday, February 24th from 10:00pm to 10:40am 
Holy Cross High School, Saskatoon

High School Presentations at Southern Okanagan Secondary
Tuesday, February 24th
Gr. 12 History class presentation from 11:25am‐12:45pm, following the gr. 12 social justice class from 1:25pm‐2:45pm. 
Southern Okanagan Secondary, 6140 Gala Street, Oliver

Presentations to members/public at Christ the King Catholic Church
Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00pm
Christ the King Catholic Church, 6044 Spartan Street, Oliver

Public Presentation at St. Charles Garnier Parish 
Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00pm
St. Charles Garnier Parish, 3645 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna

Bishop Eugenio Rixen

Bishop of Goiás, Brazil

Bishop Eugenio Rixen, affectionately known as Dom Eugenio, has defended the rights of small farmers and the dignity of the poor for the last 17 years in Brazil. Through his work with the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (Pastoral Land Commission), he has become a national and international symbol of the struggle for agrarian reform in Brazil. The CPT is an official pastoral commission of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Brazil and its mandate is to defend access to land and protect all life on it; defend access to clean water; and to defend human rights. Because of its support for peasants in their struggle for access and control over the land, the Church of Goiás faced persecution from landowners in the region. Today, 24 peasant settlements attest to their victory in this struggle.

Originally from Belgium, Bishop Rixen was ordained a priest in 1970 and immediately set off for Brazil as a Fidei Donum missionary. He was appointed Bishop of Goiás on December 2, 1998. For two terms, from 2003 to May 2011, Dom Eugenio was president of the Episcopal Commission on Biblical-Catechetical Animation; and the National Conference of Bishops in Brazi. Today he is also the president of the Comissão Pastoral da AIDS (AIDS Pastoral Commission).

Our work in Brazil:
Development and Peace has been working with our partners in Brazil on many initiatives, including projects to strengthen democracy and citizen participation, food sovereignty, ecological justice, and to gain access and control over natural resources.

Visiting region:
Alberta and Manitoba

March 9 - 17

Activities ­­schedule >

Bishop Eugenio Rixen

Presentation to Students and Staff at École St. Cecilia School (FRENCH)
Wednesday March 11 at 10 a.m.
8830 132 Ave, Edmonton

Mass with Archbishop Smith (Edmonton), Bishop Terrio (St. Paul) – for all Diocesan staff (ENGLISH and FRENCH)
Wednesday March 11 at 12 p.m..
St. Francis de Sales Chapel, Pastoral and Administrative Offices (8421 101 Avenue), Edmonton

Presentations to Students and Staff at École Camille LeRouge School (FRENCH AND ENGLISH)
Thursday March 12 at 9 a.m.
5530 42A 2 Avenue, Red Deer

Presentation to Students and Staff at JH Picard School (FRENCH)
Friday March 13 at 9 a.m.
7055 99 Street, Edmonton

Lunch and Learn (Presentation) with Edmonton Clergy, Pastoral and Newman College Staff and Students (ENGLISH)
Friday March 13 at 12 p.m.
General Assembly Hall, 8421 101 Ave, Edmonton

Presentation to members and community of Archdiocese of Edmonton (ENGLISH)
Friday March 13 at 7 p.m.
O’Leary Hall, St. Joseph’s Basilica, 10044 113 Street, Edmonton

Presentation to Leadership Workshop and ThinkFast (ENGLISH)
Saturday March 14 at 2 p.m.
Assumption Parish, 9040 - 95 Avenue, Edmonton

Mass, Supper and Presentation at Our Lady of Fatima Parish (PORTUGUESE)
Saturday March 14, Mass at 5 p.m., Presentation at 7:30 p.m.
12311 55 Street, Edmonton

Mass, Brunch and Presentation at St. Thomas D’Aquin Parish (FRENCH)
Sunday March 15, Mass at 11 a.m., Brunch to follow
8410 89 Street, Edmonton

Presentation for the Greater Edmonton Community at Idylwylde Public Library (ENGLISH)
Sunday March 15 at 3 p.m.
8310 88 Avenue, Edmonton

Presentation at Paroisse Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens (FRENCH)
Monday March 16 at 7 p.m.
289 Avenue Dussault, Saint-Boniface

Meeting and Presentation with Université de Saint Boniface youth  (FRENCH)
Tuesday March 17 at 5 p.m. (by invitation only)
Salon Sportex, Université de Saint-Boniface, Saint-Boniface

Father Jesús Alberto Franco

Executive Secretary of the Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz (Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace, CIJP), Colombia

Father Jesus Alberto Franco is the Executive Secretary of the Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz (CIJP), a Development and Peace partner. The CIJP is based in Colombia and works with conflict-affected communities in their struggle for justice, by affirming their rights and advocating for the return of their lands. For over 20 years, Father Franco has defended human rights and supported Afro-Colombian, indigenous and peasant farmers in resisting the occupation of their land by paramilitaries who are forcing communities to grow cash crops, such as African Palm, and by powerful mining corporations are trying to develop projects. Father Franco’s work with these communities and on important cases of impunity against senior members of the security forces has also made him a target of multiple death threats and attacks.

Our work in Colombia:
Development and Peace has been working with partners in Colombia on many initiatives, including projects to strengthen democracy and citizen participation, peace and reconciliation, food sovereignty, ecological justice, and access to and control over resources.

Visiting region:
South, Central and Northern Ontario

March 9 - 23

Activities ­­schedule >

Father Jesús Alberto Franco

Presentation at Algoma University
Monday March 9th at 2 p.m.
Room TBD, 520 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie
 
Presentation at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish
Monday March 9th at 7 p.m.
114 Macdonald Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie
 
Presentation at Secondary School, Huron Superior Catholic School District School Board
Tuesday March 10th at 10 a.m.
Sault Ste. Marie
 
Meeting at St. James the Greater Parish
Tuesday March 10th at 2 p.m.
44 Lakeside Avenue, Blind River

Presentation and potluck supper at St. Patrick Parish
Tuesday March 10th at 6 p.m.
39 Walford Road, Sudbury
 
Presentation at Marymount Academy High School
Wednesday March 11th at 9 a.m.
165 D'Youville Street, Sudbury

Presentation and lunch for Clergy, and Development and Peace representatives from North Bay and Espanola at Holy Redeemer Parish
Wednesday March 11th at 1 p.m.
1887 Bancroft Drive, Sudbury
 
Presentation and supper at Paroisse Saint-Anne des Pins
Wednesday March 11th at 6 p.m.
14 Beech Street, Sudbury
 
Meeting and presentation at Laurentian University
Wednesday March 11th at 8 p.m.
Room TBD, 935 Ramsey Lake Rd, Sudbury

Presentation to McMaster Catholic Students Association at Canadian Martyrs Parish
Saturday March 14th from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
38 Emerson Street, Hamilton

Presentation on Inter-Ecclesial Commission for Justice and Peace (CJIP) at Canadian Martyrs Parish
Saturday March 14th from 7 to 9 p.m. (Refreshments and Pot Luck)
38 Emerson Street, Hamilton

Radio Interview with The Latin America Show at CFMU McMaster Radio
Sunday March 15th at 11 a.m.

Celebrating Mass with the Latino Community at Our Lady of All Souls Church
Sunday March 15th at 12p.m.
21 Barton Street West, Hamilton

Presentation on the Struggle for Justice and Land Rights in Colombia at St Alfred’s Church
Sunday March 15th at 7 p.m.
272 Vine Street, St. Catharine’s

Public Presentation at the Catholic Information Centre
Wednesday March 18th at 7 p.m.
830 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Solidarity Meal and Public Presentation at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church
Thursday March 19th, Meal at 6 p.m., Presentation at 7 p.m.
169 North Park St., Belleville (location tentative)

Public Presentation at Providence Motherhouse
Friday March 20th, Presentation at 7 p.m.
1200 Princess Street, Kingston

Mass at Cathedral Church of St. Peter-In-Chains
Followed by Solidarity Meal and Public Presentation at Trinity United Church
Saturday March 21st, Mass at 5:00 p.m., Meal at 6:15 p.m., Presentation at 7 p.m.
Mass at 411 Reid St., Meal and Presentation at 360 Reid Steet, Peterborough

Masses for the 5th Sunday of Lent at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter-In-Chains
Sunday March 22nd, Masses at 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. with tea and coffee reception to follow each mass
411 Reid St., Peterborough

Sister Modestine Rasolofoarivola

Head of the congregation of little Sisters of Marie Magnificant, Madagascar

Sister Modestine, born in a small remote village in Madagascar and a graduate of a degree in agriculture, is the Head of the congregation of the little Sisters of Marie Magnificant) and is the head of the Commission pastorale sociale (Social Pastoral Commission) of the diocese of Tsiroanomandidy. With the help of Development and Peace the Commission supports and trains farmers in 75 villages. The training focuses on group facilitation, self-promotion, sustainable agriculture, land security and the establishment of a revolving fund for repayable in kind seeds. The project aims to improve the nutritional diet of villagers and increase their revenues.

Sister Modestine was the coordinator of the Justice and Peace Commission in the diocese, which carries out popular education on democracy, human rights and women’s rights in particular. Justice and Peace has also carried out education, outreach and interventions to defend the poor peasants imprisoned without trial.

From 2000 to 2007 she was the head of the Centre d’apprentissage rural (Rural Learning Centre) in Bevalala, which offers farmers courses on agriculture, animal husbandry and management. These farmers have become leaders in their respective villages and parishes.

Our work in Madagascar:
Development and Peace has been working with our partners in Madagascar on many initiatives, including projects to strengthen democracy and citizen participation, access and control over natural resources, and food sovereignty.

Visiting region:
Eastern Quebec and Montreal

March 13 - 23

Activities ­­schedule (in French) >

Sister Modestine Rasolofoarivola

Rencontre amicale
Samedi 14 mars à 10 h
Maison Ste Thérèse des Sœurs de l’Assomption, 160 rue du Carmel, Nicolet

Messe
Samedi 14 mars à 16 h
Église Ste-Victoire, 99 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Victoriaville

Événement grand public sur réservation
Samedi 14 mars de 17 h à 20 h
Avec les membres de la région de Victoriaville
Fromagerie Victoria, 101, rue de l'Aqueduc, Victoriaville

Messe dominicale de l’association des étudiants et étudiantes catholiques de l'Université Laval
Dimanche 15 mars à 11 h
Pavillon Lemieux, Université Laval, 2325, Rue de la Vie-Étudiante, Québec

Dîner avec les membres de l’Université Laval et l’association des étudiants et étudiantes catholiques
Dimanche 15 mars après la messe de 11 h
Pavillon Lemieux, salle Paul Newman, Université Laval, 2325, Rue de la Vie-Étudiante, Québec

Petit-déjeuner rencontre pour discuter de l’impact du travail des femmes sur les communautés rurales du Madagascar et de l’appui de Développement et Paix
Lundi 16 mars de 8h30 à 10 h
Sacristie de l’église Notre-Dame, 18, rue Notre-Dame, Lévis - Porte 16
Confirmer votre présence au 418-837-8813 ou christiane.galibois@sjdl.org

Entrevue radio à Chyz 94.3 (la radio des étudiants de l’Université Laval)
Lundi 16 mars à 12h20 avec Mme Christina Boucher
Pour l’écouter en direct : chyz.ca

Diner causerie Carrefour Tiers-Monde
Mardi 17 mars de 12h à 13h30
Auberge L’autre jardin
365, boul. Charest Est, Québec
418-647-5853

Entrevue à Radio Galilée, à l'émission "Entre nous" avec Yves Houde
Mardi 17 mars à 14h30
Pour l’écouter en direct : www.radiogalilee.com

Rencontre causerie avec le comité local jeunesse de l'Université Laval
Mardi 17 mars de 16h à 17h30
Salle Paul Newman – Pavillon Ernest-Lemieux, 2325, rue de la Vie-Étudiante, Université Laval, Québec

Dîner-causerie à la chaire de recherche Claire-Bonenfant – Femmes, savoirs et sociétés la nouvelle Chaire de leadership en enseignement Femmes et Organisations, et Managers sans frontières U.
Mercredi 18 mars de 12h à 13 h3 0
1030, avenue des Sciences humaines, Université Laval, Québec

Événement grand public avec les jeunes du Cégep de Drummondville
Mercredi 18 mars, 19 h
960, Rue Saint-Georges, local 2309, Drummondville

Événement grand public à St-Jérôme
Jeudi 19 mars, en après-midi

Souper de solidarité à la paroisse Ste-Maria-Goretti
Vendredi 20 mars de 18 h à 20 h 30
Inscription souhaitée : 514-642-4980
Paroisse Ste-Maria-Goretti, 16228 Terrasse Ste-Maria-Goretti, Pointe-aux-Trembles