An Eye on PEI: Convention News for August 9, 2017
An Eye on PEI
Report from Guest Journalist Cecile Miller
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Members were in solidarity with many around the world as Morning Prayer of the Church was prayed to begin the day today.
The committee planning strategically for the future of the League reported to the convention. Committee members outlined the background leading up to the decision to work on a strategy, the work which has been done to date (LOTS), the findings from the Town Hall held on Tuesday, testimonies from two League members and plans for the continuation of this process. The report was received with enthusiasm and the members were encouraged to continue.
Dr. June Webber, Director of Coady International Institute in Antigonish addressed the convention on the origins of Coady and its work and expressed gratitude for the yearly donations to Coady since 1961.
The morning closed with the Lap Quilts of Love and Mercy Prayer Service and a procession of beautiful quilts, lovingly made by members in the individual provinces and carried by the provincial presidents.
Following the reconvening prayer in the afternoon, the 2018 convention committee from Manitoba extended an invitation to all to join them next August for the 98th Annual National Convention.
Two resolutions were brought back to the floor and eventually adopted.
Reports were given by the chairs of resolutions and laws; Velma Harasen reported for international relations, and National Spiritual Advisor Bishop William McGrattan reported on the Spiritual Advisors’ luncheon and discussion.
The registration report showed the total registered for the convention was 938!
The Closing Eucharistic Celebration followed with presider Bishop Richard Grecco and homilist Bishop McGrattan. In his homily, Bishop McGrattan urged the women of the League always to be women of faith who seek the Lord and encounter him.
Following the Gala Banquet, those present were entertained with The Dream Catchers Musical. It is a Canada 150 Signature project and a delight to watch. Thirteen young people danced and sang, exploring “the dreams of young Canadians through a lens of reconciliation, inclusion and the environment.”