CCCB Standing Committee on Development and Peace / CCODP Standing Liaison CommitteeTuesday, June 30 2015
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) Standing Liaison Committee and the Standing Committee for Development and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) held their latest joint meeting on June 18, 2015, at the CCCB Offices in Ottawa, ON. The CCCB Standing Committee advises the Conference on Development and Peace plans and activities, as well as facilitates communication and collaboration between the CCCB and CCODP.
CCCB Standing Committee Chairperson Bishop Pierre Morissette and Mr. Ray Temmerman, President of CCODP National Council, co-chaired the meeting. Mr. Temmerman introduced the new National Council member to the Liaison Committee, Ms. Annette Donovan Panchaud, of the diocese of London. During this interim period until the hiring of a new Executive Director, CCODP Management is represented by Ms. Josianne Gauthier, Director of In-Canada Programs.
There was some discussion on the application of the 3D process in certain practical cases, with some helpful questions and comments provided. CCODP will continue to examine the questions put forward and ensure follow-up before the next meeting.
Follow-up was provided on the advancement of the “Key Principles” document which had been a joint initiative of the USCCB/CCCB/Catholic Relief Services/CCODP regarding response to media attacks on the work of Catholic development agencies. The CCODP Theological Reflection Committee is working on adapting the document in light of the Canadian context, of the relationship between CCODP and the CCCB, as well as in light of other already existing documents on Partnership Principles, Criteria for working with Partners, and the new By-Laws.
Reflection continues on the role of CCODP as Caritas Canada and what possible implications this could have in terms of structure or operations in Canada. At its recent Orientation Assembly, members of CCODP expressed a strong desire to become more actively involved in issues of social justice in Canada insofar as they are intimately related to international issues, and therefore a natural extension of the mission as it is currently understood. This topic will continue to be discussed in future meetings, as the reflection process unfolds. At this meeting, the most recent draft of the document regarding the “Relationship between CCODP and the CCCB” was shared and will be followed-up on at the next meeting.
CCODP In-Canada Programs Director, Josianne Gauthier provided updates to the Committees on several information items:
• Update and results on Emergency Relief programs in 2014-2015. A report will be circulated to the Bishops before the next Plenary Assembly.
• Preliminary results of the national 2015 Share Lent campaign
• Preview / update on the upcoming 2015 Fall Action Education Campaign on the theme “Create a Climate of Change“, as well as plans for integrating passages and messages of the new Encyclical, released on June 18th, Laudato Si, into the material for the next Fall Action Education Campaign.
Members of CCODP National Council, Ray Temmerman as President, as well as Pat Kennedy, Past President, and Hélène Tremblay–Boyko, of Saskatchewan presented updates of the recent National Council meeting and Orientation Assembly of members, which were both held in Otterburne, Manitoba from June 11-15. The National Council met on June 11th to vote on the budget for the coming year, as well as to follow-up on the recruitment process of the new Executive Director.
At the Orientation Assembly, almost 200 members from across the country attended the three-day event which only occurs every five years, to discuss the future orientations of the organization in light of current world issues, the context of the Church, the challenges we face as faith-based organizations, as well as the opportunities to act on behalf of the poor to fight against injustice. It was a powerful and faith inspired coming together, and from the discussions will come a report and a plan with proposed orientations early in the fall.
A brief report was given on plans for the coming 50th anniversary of CCODP. The bishops encouraged the 50th anniversary committee to provide a full proposal to the CCCB by the end of August, in order to maximize the impact and benefit of the anniversary process.
CCCB Standing Committee Chairperson Bishop Pierre Morissette closed the meeting with thanks for the information and collaboration provided, as well as for the good discussions that took place at this meeting. Many of the points raised at this meeting will continue to be discussed throughout the coming year with updates, reports on actions taken and proposals for ways going forward.
The next meeting of the joint Committees is scheduled for October 23, 2015, in Montreal.