CAM 2/COMLA 7 – Guatemala: Canadians Participate in Missionary Congress of America

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(CCCB-Ottawa) A delegation of 170 Canadians is attending the Second American Missionary Congress being held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, November 24-30. The theme of the Congress is Church in America: Your Life is Mission.

The delegation is led by Bishop Gilles Lussier (Joliette). Four other bishops are also part of the delegation: Bishop Clément Fecteau (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière), Bishop Martin Currie (Grand Falls), Bishop François Lapierre, P.M.É. (Saint-Hyacinthe) and Archbishop Émilius Goulet, P.S.S. (Saint-Boniface).

They are joined by Ms. Adèle Bolduc, director the Office for Evangelization of Peoples for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), as well as Sister Leona Spencer, C.S.J., and Rev. Roger Bédard from the Pontifical Mission Societies of Canada (English sector and French sector) which are responsible for making Canadians aware of the universal mission needs of the Church.

CCCB President Archbishop Brendan M. O’Brien, in a letter to Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño, Metropolitan Archbishop of Guatemala City and President of the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala, describes CAM 2/ COMLA 7 as important for the Church in the Northern hemisphere.

“The pastors of the Church in Canada have great hopes in the follow-up that will come from the Missionary Congress of America, Archbishop O’Brien said. “The Church in Central America, and particularly in Guatemala, is a witness for us of the love of God that comes from your poverty, your ‘littleness’ and from your experience of martyrdom. You provide a model of courage and determination for the whole world. It is with deep emotion we recall how our brothers Oscar Romero, Juan Gerardi and many others have shed their blood so that others may live their faith in freedom and peace.”

Archbishop O’Brien noted that Canadian dioceses have been preparing many months for this celebration of mission. “We have had national and diocesan meetings, with many groups discussing the same questions that are at the heart of your Congress. Our delegates bring with them the results of these reflections, together with the prayers of their brothers and sisters. In response to your kind invitation, we will as well be sharing our own missionary experiences.”

The American Missionary Congress (CAM2/COMLA 7) brings together missionary delegates from all the countries of America to reflect on the role of “mission” in today’s world and to discuss the missionary challenges of the third millennium. This is the second hemispheric conference (CAM) as well as the seventh Latin American conference (CAMLA). The first five meetings brought together missionary representatives from Latin America only. 

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