ANNUAL CURIA MEETING : WESTERN CANADA OCDS
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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