The Conference of Religious in Scotland convened for the AGM on 19th
October in Blessed John Duns Scotus Church, Glasgow. After 10 o’clock Mass we
had coffee in the hall. Fr Jim Crampsey S.J., our President, welcomed everyone
and said the Opening Prayer.
Marian Pallister who is
vice-chair of Justice and Peace, Scotland, and Ambassador for SCIAF, spoke
about her work in the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles to make Justice and Peace
better known and to get people, young and not so young, involved in its efforts
to improve the lives of the poor and those unjustly treated. After questions
and discussions, a group came together to revive CRS Justice and Peace Forum.
Fr Jim gave an update on
responses from membership to the four questions on Mutuae Relationes sent from
Rome. He collated our responses, forwarded them to Rome and will give us an
update when Rome replies.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch and
an opportunity to renew friendships and make new ones among the sixty six
Sr Frances Kelly is a Nazareth Sister whose
full-time ministry is promoting vocations up and down the country, encouraging
the Religious who are working with young people in parish vocation groups and
in Samuel and Compass groups among others. Sr Frances’ input was animated and
energising and elicited many comments and questions from her listeners.
Following her talk, a group of seven Religious agreed to re-form the CRS
A warm vote of thanks was
extended to Fr Ed, OFM, Guardian of the Community in Blessed John Duns Scotus,
also to Wendy who catered for us so well and to her staff and helpers.
Everyone agreed that we had had a very enjoyable day with prospects of
two forums being revived. We sang the Salve Regina before we dispersed.