The Annual Meeting of Western Canada OCDS took place on July 7-9, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Seton House of Prayer in Kelowna, British Columbia. Rev. Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Provincial Delegate, met with Secretariat Officers, Community Presidents and Directors of Formation. Fr. Jerald D’Souza introduced and welcomed Norma Lo as administrative assistant to the Secretariat.

After prayers, Mass and a simple evening meal, those in attendance settled in and got to the business at hand. Annual community and financial reports were presented from all quarters at the first session with further discussions on challenges, possible solutions, goal setting and the formation syllabi the following day. The key topic on the agenda was the review of a draft for the Western Canada OCDS Statutes to ensure these would encompass and provide a comprehensive guidelines to upholding the OCDS Constitutions. During the afternoon break, some members elected to visit the fruit stores and wineries for which the area is well known. Upon reconvening all the agenda items were completed and the evening was left free for a leisurely dinner and recreation.

The final day of the meeting concluded with prayers and Sunday Eucharistic celebration followed by a hearty breakfast. It was determined that the next meeting would take place at Carmel Hill, on July 6-8, 2018.

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