A NEW PRESIDENT AT PILLARS

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Mr. John Murphy, LLB was elected President of The Pillars Trust Fund (PTF) at its Annual General Meeting in June (2015). The Board of PTF wishes to congratulate and warmly welcome John to this new role.

John is a member of the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG).  He is nationally regarded as a top expert in his field with many honours to his name.  (He has also had the special pleasure of seeing his daughter, Sarah, elected Queen of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2014).

Despite a busy career he has always found time to serve the community being at varying times on the board of The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, Beaconsfield Elementary School Governing Council, and he was a past member of the English Speaking Catholic Council (ESCC).  As Vice President of PTF he was enormously supportive of the new directions and outreach that Pillars has begun (see the Pillars Trust Fund – Newsletter – under the category “ABOUT” on this website). John brings the same skills and energy to his new role and Pillars Trust will be ably served by his commitment and very capable leadership.

And in June two new Directors, Meghan Brown and Jonathan Elkas, joined the Pillars Trust Fund Board.  See a complete list of The Pillars Trust Fund’s Board of Directors under the category “ABOUT” on this website.

OUR SINCERE THANKS TO MICHAEL KIERAN PAST PRESIDENT

 

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Mr. Michael Kieran stepped down as President of The Pillars Trust Fund (PTF) in June. The Board wishes to express our deepest gratitude to Michael for his unstinting dedication to the mission of PTF over many years. He will continue to serve with equal devotion in his new post as Past President.

Michael’s wise leadership and vision during a time of change and challenge led The Board to engage in new strategic thinking. He recognized that there was a new dynamism taking root in our community which had to be nourished. He also knew that Pillars had to adapt to new realities and must devise new pathways to better serve the English-Speaking Catholic Community. To that end PTF supported many new initiatives e.g. The Parish Vitality Conference, The Lenten Mission, The Last Chance Mass and the new website Ville Marie On Line.

Michael also encouraged closer communication with our beneficiaries, our sister organizations and our Pastors. In June of this year he gave a power point presentation at the annual deanery meeting. He has spent countless extra hours meeting with our sister organizations or attending events that foster the spiritual growth of the community. It was not unknown for Michael to attend two meetings in one day on behalf of Pillars –all this despite a heavy work and travel schedule for his company.

He made expanding our donor list a top priority. Continued financial resources are necessary for a vibrant and dynamic English-Speaking Catholic Community and the services it provides. We have already begun this work.

In the role of Past President, Michael will continue to ably assist The Board in its deliberations. For that and his past unselfish work we are indeed deeply indebted.

A PERSONAL WITNESS FROM YOUTH MINISTRY

 

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My name is Holly Kirsten Eugenio and I have been working with the Mission Jeunesse-Youth Ministry team of the Archdiocese of Montreal for the past five years. Working in Youth Ministry was not what I had originally planned as a career. I was working in the engineering field for four years when the opportunity developed, thanks to Pillars Trust Fund who committed to providing the Mission Jeunesse-Youth Ministry team with a salary for a full time position.

I had been involved in my parish for a number of years in variety of ministry settings (Choir, Youth Group, International WYD, lector, Eucharistic Minister and Pastoral Homecare etc.) I was eventually led to work as a volunteer with the DUC IN ALTUM Discernment Experience that was coordinated by the Mission Jeunesse Youth Ministry Team. The combination of participating in International World Youth Day and the Duc In Altum Discernment Experience helped me to discover that I had a mission as a lay person to serve the Church in the world. I continued to serve as I could where I could. With the offer of a full time position to join the Youth Ministry team, I started to discern the possibility of switching careers, which in my heart felt like responding to call, to a dream that had been there all along.

The decision to leave the beginning of an engineering career was not an easy one, as it meant leaving the title, prestige and financial benefits that came with it. However, Pillars Trust Funds’s generosity in offering a salary for a full time Youth Ministry worker made following my heart, and responding to God’s call a possibility.

Today I can say that it has been one of the most important decisions of my life. I have learnt to trust in God’s providence. I am using what I learned in my past work experience and have been able to develop numerous other skills. I have since completed the Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies and I am currently enrolled in the Pastoral Ministry Certificate Program at Concordia University. It has been a blessing to combine both my engineering skills and pastoral skills, and to use these gifts to serve others. Some have told me that I am like a new modern Kingdom builder!

Thanks to the Pillars Trust Fund, I am privileged to work among an amazing team of young people who love Jesus Christ and are passionate for the Mission. Together and under the direction and guidance of our director Isabel Correa, the Mission Jeunesse – Youth Ministry office is a coordination team mandated by the Archbishop of Montreal to promote in the diocese, outreach to teenagers (13-17 years old) and young adults (18-35 years old) through coordination, communication, animation and formation. We organize diocesan wide teen and young adult events, we offer support and training to local teen and young adult ministers, group leaders, and their teams, and help to co-ordinate local youth-ministry efforts, while promoting a comprehensive youth ministry vision. The Mission Jeunesse-Youth Ministry Office advocates for the place of teens and young adults in our Church and society, and promotes their contribution, and their potential in the Church and society. All diocesan events, projects and pastoral responses of the Mission Jeunesse – Youth Ministry Office are organized WITH and FOR teens, WITH and FOR young adults and youth ministers and their teams from the network.

Among these projects are:

  • Diocesan World Youth Day
  • International World Youth Day
  • Apostles’ Cup Ball Hockey tournament
  • Parish visits to support local Youth Ministry initiatives
  • YOUCAT sessions
  • Gathering of Youth Ministers

Counting on the grace of God, I look forward to continue serving the young people of the Archdiocese of Montreal thanks in part to the Pillars Trust Fund.

 

May 2015 Conference

PILLARS SENDS 25 DELEGATES TO ‘FORMING INTENTIONAL DICIPLES’ CONFERENCE IN MAY 2015, ONE DELEGATE’S REMARKS AND THANKS WERE SENT BY MAIL TO THE PILLARS OFFICE

I extend my sincere thanks to The Pillars Trust Fund for sponsoring me to attend the Forming Intentional Disciples workshop which was held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Ogdensburg, New York.

The workshop was inspiring and supported everything I had been thinking about for a long time. The workshop, held in our own diocese last November, was an ideal preparation for the Ogdensburg experience. Also having read Rebuilt and Tools for Rebuilding as well as Fr. James MaIllon’s book Divine Renovation and the text Growing an Engaged Church by Albert L. Winseman of the Gallop organization provided additional motivation and encouragement to become more fully involved in the mission of developing intentional disciples.

In November of 2014 I retired from my missionary work among the Inuit of Northern Quebec bringing to an end a unique sixteen year experience. I had no idea when I took on this work that I would end up doing crises counselling with sexually abused and battered children and women, working in the prison in St. Jerome or in the Native Peoples Women’s Shelter. In 2007 the Holy Spirit really swept me off my feet when I was asked to take over Mission St. André and the responsibility for the Catholic community on the entire Hudson coast!

Having spent this past winter in prayer and reflection I am convinced that my northern adventure has been a special training environment for a whole new ministry in evangelization in my parish of St. Veronica. I have recently been in touch with Josh Canning who has informed me that he will be in Montreal this fall to do a workshop on the Alpha Course. Coincidentally I had just purchased the director’s manual on how to set up and manage Alpha. Needless to say I have every intension of attending the workshop and will be putting much of my energy into launching the Alpha Course, at St. Veronica Parish sometime before the summer of 2016.

The fact that Pillars was prepared to sponsor people to attend the workshop in Ogdensburg is, for me, a sign that the Holy Spirit is indeed at work. Therefore I say again thank you for your support.

Respectfully,

Deacon Gerry Turpin

25/06/2015

 

Spotlight on the Newman Centre

The Newman Centre of Montreal benefits from the fund as it falls into Pillar II of supporting youth ministry. They address the religious, education and social needs of undergraduate and graduate Catholic students.

Inspired by the vision of Cardinal Newman, the Centre invites students to participate in spiritual and intellectual renaissance of the Catholic faith within modern culture.

Through leadership development, The Newman Centre equips young people for the pursuit of lay vocation. In recent years, the Centre has played a very constructive role in public policy debates about a key dimension of the lay vocation — marriage. It also provides practical support to young families through its summer retreat centre.

Faculty, staff, and the general public are also encouraged to participate and join in the Newman activities. They host various events and activities; from daily Soup and Bagel lunches during the week to coffeehouses each semester, as well as YouCat discussions every Friday to Daily Mass. The Centre has been a place for Catholic youths to gather in a welcoming community, where they can eat together, play together, study together, and pray together.

For more information about the Newman Centre, visit them at www.newmancentre.org