You’re invited to register now for Conference 2023 – Walking Together / Marchons Ensemble

April 17-19, 2023

Keynote speakers include:

Walking together in a good and healing way: The Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples
by Archbishop Donald Bolen

Walking Together: In These Disturbing Times, God Calls Us to Dare New Paths with Surprising Companions
by Sr. Elizabeth Davis, RSM

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The Church through its earnest desire to proclaim the kerygma, attempted and will continue in its endeavour to provide various models of evangelization. Yet, one of the main pitfalls that often we succumb to is that such models become more self-oriented projects detached from discipleship, or Christ-following. Conscious of this fact, through this paper, we would like to explore and recommend a model that is rooted in Christ himself, more specifically as exemplified literally hours away from his resurrection event: the Emmaus Narrative

Download and read the entire presentation by Fr. Giovann Tabone. (PDF Document)

Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, founded in Pembroke in 1926, is a Catholic religious community of women who trace their heritage back to Saint Marguerite d’Youville, who founded the original community of “Grey Nuns” in Montreal in 1737. Grey Sisters have always tried to be attentive to the signs of the times and to respond to current needs.

The Grey Sister Community currently has forty-nine Canadian Sisters and four who live and work in their home country, the Dominican Republic.

The Spiritual Care Practitioner works out of a contemporary theology, spirituality, and sense of liturgy to provide spiritual support to the Grey Sister Community.

The Spiritual Care Practitioner facilitates and supports a vibrant community by offering a variety of services including liturgy and prayer services, liturgical music participation, opportunities for quiet contemplation, small group sharing, individual pastoral visits, always seeking to marry individual and community life and growth with attentiveness to the needs of the world.

Accountability: The Spiritual Care Practitioner reports to the Executive Director and works in collaboration with the designated contact on the Grey Sister Leadership Team.

Context: The Spiritual Care Practitioner will work from an office located in Caritas Residence but ministry is not confined to that location. For example, there are approximately 19 Sisters living at Shalom Residence which is located nearby. The Spiritual Care Practitioner may be asked to travel to the Dominican Republic.

The position:

  • This is a new position with hours to be negotiated
  • Entails collaboration with the Grey Sister Leadership Team, Grey Sister staff, and staff working at Shalom
  • Supports clergy and retreat directors as required at Caritas and Shalom

Job Summary: The Spiritual Care Practitioner is responsible to:

  • Assess the emotional, spiritual/religious resources and needs of the Community
  • Organize, schedule and provide rituals, ceremonies, and prayer services
  • Provide a spiritual/pastoral presence and support to residents, including pastoral counselling when indicated
  • Provide grief and bereavement support and coordinate funeral planning for deceased Sisters
  • Design and deliver individual and group spiritual development opportunities
  • Maintain appropriate records
  • Demonstrate an ongoing respect for the values, culture and traditions of the Grey Sister Community
  • Meet with and report to the designated leadership contact
  • Assist with accompanying sisters to doctor’s appointments and hospital visits

Experience working with seniors, people living with cognitive impairments and other life limiting conditions, and people at end-of-life would be excellent preparation for work in this setting.

Commits to Personal and Professional Integration:

  • Engages in ongoing theological reflection
  • Attends to ongoing personal issues as they impact one’s ministry
  • Practices self-care
  • Maintains confidentiality in all areas of responsibility


  • An understanding of religious life and the Catholic faith
  • A Master’s in Pastoral Studies or equivalent and at least 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
  • Membership in Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC)
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of interpersonal sensitivity and excellent communication skills
  • Skill in counselling, group facilitation and program development
  • Musical talent and an ability to converse in Spanish are assets


  • A criminal background check for the Vulnerable Sector
  • Knowledge and experience in computer software systems
  • Two or more years of pastoral ministry relevant to this position

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience for the job
Apply by May 31, 2022
Ian Welton, Executive Director,
215 Deacon St.
Pembroke, ON K8A 8S8

Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. We thank all applicants for their interest.

On May 4, join the conversation among vocation ministers in varying charisms

May 4, 2022, from 9:00 – 11:00 am US Central time via Zoom

The format of this gathering will focus on your involvement versus a presenter sharing his/her thoughts. The hosts for this gathering are Sr. Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M. from the NRVC, Mrs. Margaret Cartwright from Vocations Ireland, and Sr. Mary Rowell, CSJ, from the National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors in Canada. Our hosts will provide a myriad of questions to take into breakout groups to spark conversation and create a forum for networking.

Register here

This position provides communications support to the Executive Director and Board. The purpose of this role is to assist NAVFD in creating and supporting a culture of vocation across Canada.

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NAVFD and the Sisters of St Joseph of Canada recently hosted a presentation and conversation with Sister Nathalie Becquart, XMCJ, Undersecretary for the Vatican Office of the Synod of Bishops

The conversation focused on Synodality, Young People & Church

Sister Nathalie Becquart, XMCJ is a member of the Xavière Missionaries of Christ Jesus, a specialist in youth ministry and synodality in the Church.

An invitation from Cardinal Lacroix to register now for Conference 2021 – “Calling to New Horizons”.

We invite you to register now for Conference 2021 – “Calling to New Horizons” – which will take place on line from April 26-28, 2021.

Fabulous keynote speakers, many helpful and interesting workshops and an opportunity to interact with other participants are just some of the reasons why this is a conference you will not want to miss!

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Compte tenu de l’incertitude concernant les voyages, le conseil d’administration de l’Association nationale des responsables des vocations et de la formation (NAVFD) a pris la décision de mettre en ligne la conférence initialement prévue du 26 au 28 avril 2021 à St-Jean, Terre-Neuve. Bien que la conversation entre les participants dans la vie réelle nous manquera grandement, il y aura une interaction intégrée à la conférence puisque certains segments seront en direct tandis que d’autres seront préenregistrés. Le format en ligne présente plusieurs avantages : il permettra à un plus grand nombre de personnes qui n’auraient pas pu se rendre à Terre-Neuve de s’inscrire, il permettra à tous les participants d’assister aux neuf ateliers au lieu de seulement trois s’ils le souhaitent et enfin, il permettra de traduire en français un plus grand nombre de segments de la conférence.

Le dossier d’inscription est sur notre site web pour ceux et celles qui souhaitent s’inscrire. Si vous vous êtes déjà inscrit à la conférence, il n’est pas nécessaire de le faire à nouveau. La conférence 2021 va être spectaculaire!

A virtual series for young adults (18-45)

Join us as we reflect on how we are called by God to our Vocation in the context of the Catholic Church. All sessions will be via Zoom

September 13th @ 1 p.m. MDT: The Call to Holiness

October 18th @ 1 p.m. MDT: What is Ignatian Discernment?

November 15th @ 1 p.m. MST: Married Life and Religious Life

December 13th @ 1 p.m. MST: Single Life and the Priesthood/ Deaconate

To register, email Sister Michelle:

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