In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Feb 12, 2016

Fifty years of solidarity

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It was a grace to have the Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral opened by members of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace in the Diocese of Victoria.

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (‘Development and Peace’) was established in 1967 by the Canadian Bishops, and charged with a mission to build solidarity and respond to needs in the Global South. Development and Peace is the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis, the Holy See’s global social outreach arm and one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world.

This year, Development and Peace members have created a quilt patch that is starting a ‘pilgrimage’ from our Diocese, making its way across the country, and collecting more patches as it goes. When all patches complete this pilgrimage, just before Easter of 2017, they will be sewn together to create a huge quilt, a work of human hands that will represent the solidarity that has been lived by Canadians and the people of the Global South throughout the fifty-year history of Development & Peace.

The quilt includes material from vestments that have been worn by priests of the Diocese of Victoria over the years, which have been preserved in the Diocesan Archives. This reuse of vestments ties our history with our present in a beautiful solidarity of spirit and purpose.


The quilt patch includes materials from vestments previously worn by priests of the Diocese of Victoria


L to R: Bishop Gary Gordon with members of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace in the Diocese of Victoria: Katrina Laquian, Christine O’Leary, Katheryn Boudreau, Nancy Stuart,
Sr. Joyce Harris SSA and Margie Noonan

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