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Event Information:

  • Sun

    Refugee Crisis Meeting

    1:00 pmOratory of the Resurrection, South Rivert

    refugeeGood day,
    Attached is a letter from Archdeacon Amanda which is an invitation and opportunity or people from the archdeaconry of Trinity Conception to respond, with our diocese, to the current refugee crisis.
    For those interested, we will be having a congregational meeting after the liturgy on Sunday, November 1. Pass the word around to anyone who may not be on our e-mail distribution.
    Father Gerald+

    The Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador

    Archdeaconry of Trinity-Conception


    October 15, 2015


    Dear Friends:


    I write to you today on behalf of the Clergy of the Archdeaconry of Trinity-Conception.


    By now you have all had opportunity to read Bishop Peddle’s Pastoral Letter on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. In it he gives us information on a Diocesan plan to assist in this global crisis by “…[helping] facilitate, enable, and support parishes and diocesan groups to sponsor refugee families.” He also calls on each and every parish to “…engage in a process of discernment with respect to what role each parish would be willing and able to play in refugee sponsorship and support.”


    As you can imagine, adjusting to a new country and culture is extremely difficult. Many specialized programs and supports are necessary to help families transition from Syria. It is important that refugees be near such services. Because of this, it would not be practical for us in the Archdeaconry of Trinity Conception to sponsor a refugee family. However, there is still much we can do to contribute to our Diocesan Plan by assisting parishes who do sponsor refugees. Discerning ways in which we can do this is not only a request from our Bishop; it is also a Christ given mandate to us as Christians.


    At a meeting of clergy from the Archdeaconry, it was suggested that we provide opportunities to the parishes of the Region to get involved by:

    1. Contributing financially to sponsorship through a special envelope that would go to an Archdeaconry Fund for Diocesan sponsorship; and
    2. Compiling a list of volunteers who would like to give their time and talent to helping families settle in Newfoundland. This would involve travel to St. John’s.

    While securing funding to sponsor refugee families is important, the necessity of volunteers to spend time with the families and help them transition to life in Canada is even more important. As this process unfolds, and Syrian families arrive on Newfoundland soil, there are more needs that will be identified and other concrete ways in which parishes can help.

    My friends, in St. Matthew’s Gospel Jesus says, “I was a stranger, and you welcomed me…” Let us prayerfully discern how we, as Parishes and individuals, can tangibly contribute to our Diocesan response to this global crisis by giving financially or by offering our time and talents. It is in so doing that we will know the truth of Jesus’ words, “…when you did it to the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”


    In Christ’s Service,


    The Venerable Amanda Taylor+

    Territorial Archdeacon, Trinity-Conception