President’s Communique 4 – Evelyn Rigby – August 28, 2017
Resumption of Activities
I hope you found some time to relax this summer. It has been a difficult one for a number of our BC & Yukon councils with residents suffering enforced evacuation, loss of homes, and smoky atmospheres caused by the forest fires raging throughout the province. Kamloops and Prince George dioceses were particularly hard hit. Let us keep everyone in our prayers and generously support “Wildfire Relief”. If you wish to make a donation online, please visit http://rcav.org/prayer-
Projects for the Final Year of My Term
Please encourage your parish councils to take up/continue one palliative care project and one related to refugee resettlement. Suggestions for the latter were well laid out in my third communiqué. If you are a new president and do not have this in the binder you inherited, I will resend on request. Provincial and National Resolutions will, as before, require more letter writing and/or visits to MLAs, MPs, and other pertinent authorities.
This is an early reminder that all diocesan presidents and provincial officers and chairpersons are expected to attend the meeting in Seton House of Prayer in Kelowna where you will give an oral report of your activities from the Provincial Post Convention Meeting until the end of September. This should also include your plans for the rest of the year, and any concerns you have. Our time for the usual activities will be somewhat curtailed since we have to allow for a two-
Elections June 2018
Since 2018 is an election year for the Provincial Council I hope enough retiring and retired diocesan presidents will consider running for a position at this level. I also encourage all of us to affirm our preferred candidates in the months prior to the forms being sent out. A little encouragement can go a long way… Past President Pat Deppiesse will shortly be contacting all those eligible.
Conventions Recap 2017
(a) Diocesan Conventions
What a blessing these events were, not only to the registrants who were re-
(b) Provincial Convention
While registration did not reach the expected number, all present were enriched by an exploration of our provincial theme “Leading With Courage” given by our national president Margaret Ann Jacobs, Bishop Novakowski and Cristina Alarcon. Our two provincial projects palliative care and refugee resettlement were also given a boost with strong presentations by members who had “been there and done that”. Thank you to Agnes Geiger and Sharon Ciebin who organized each respectively. Kelowna co-
When speaking to registrants I was happy to learn that some parish councils had it in their policy and procedure and/or budget to cover the cost of the president’s registration, travel and accommodation to the provincial conventions and that some regularly set aside funds to partially subsidize members wanting to attend. Kudos to those councils who make it possible for more than their president to attend. Here I must mention Sacred Heart Council in Williams Lake who made it possible for nine members to come to Kelowna.
(c) National Convention
This was my final year representing BC &Yukon as provincial president proudly carrying the flag at the Opening Mass and reporting on your fine work to almost 1000 members from across Canada. Reports, presentations, resolutions and motions can be found on the national website and will be well covered in the Fall Magazine, so I will limit my comments to congratulations to those from BC & Yukon who participated in the following: the Lap Quilt Project of 2017 to donate quilts to those in local hospices and palliative care facilities, a project which was well supported by all BC &Yukon dioceses and culminated with the chosen quilt from St Mary’s Council Chilliwack being carried in a moving prayerful procession on the final day of the business sessions; the National Logo Contest 2017 won by Tillie Milton of St. Theresa’s Council, Burnaby whose winning logo can be viewed on the National website along with details about ordering and using; The BC contingent numbering 49, a goodly number considering the distance travelled, celebrated at the provincial dinner ably organized by President-
(d) Military Ordinariate Provincial Convention
One of the perks of the presidency is to receive an invitation to a special event. Last May, when the Mil. Ord. provincial president, Coreena Cole invited me to bring greetings on behalf of our provincial council, I was delighted to accept. No planes needed, no limitations on luggage, and no extraordinary cost, just a ferry cruise across the Strait of Georgia and a short drive to Comox! The greetings I took to the Opening Mass fulfilled a long-
Please note these dates for your calendar:
Provincial Convention June 20 – 24, 2018 Whitehorse*
National Convention August 11-
*We have applied for a National grant of $5000 to subsidize members` expenses when attending this convention, and if successful, this will be an item on our midterm agenda. If you have any ideas how it will best be distributed please submit them to Gisela and me. In addition could you supply us both with information about the cost of flights from your area to Whitehorse. The annual provincial subsidy which was under-
New Diocesan Presidents
This communiqué would be incomplete without welcoming our new diocesan presidents:
My prayer is that the Lord God will bless you in abundance as you faithfully steer your councils to be vibrant witnesses to gospel values, and lovingly inspire all your members to greater holiness on their path to eternity.
May Our Lady of Good Counsel continue to intercede for us in all our endeavours.