2017 CCCB Forum for Canadian national Catholic movements and associationsFriday, October 13 2017
The 2017 Forum for Canadian national Catholic movements and associations was held in Châteauguay, Quebec, at Manoir D’Youville, 6-8 October 2017. Hosted every three years by the Standing Committee for Relations with Catholic Movements and Associations of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), this provides a unique opportunity for national Catholic organizations to share and discuss their activities and charisms with one another and with the Bishops on the Standing Committee. This year, the theme was “Co-workers in the vineyard”. The gathering brought together representatives from over 25 national Catholic organizations from across Canada who engaged in three major discussions: the formation of leaders in the Church, the different faces of social, material and spiritual poverty present in Canada, and the use of social media in the Church’s mission of evangelization.
The Most Reverend Marc Pelchat, Auxiliary Bishop of Québec, provided the keynote address, reflecting on the 19 March 2016 letter from Pope Francis to Cardinal Marc Ouellet in the latter’s capacity as President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, regarding the public participation of the laity in the life of the Church. In his letter Pope Francis remarks: “Looking at the People of God is remembering that we all enter the Church as lay people. The first sacrament, which seals our identity forever, and of which we should always be proud, is Baptism. Through Baptism and by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, (the faithful) ‘are consecrated as a spiritual house and a holy priesthood’ (Lumen Gentium, n. 10). Our first and fundamental consecration is rooted in our Baptism.”