Stories for the Middle Column of the WCR This Week Page
April is a time for major decisions for the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. The sisters are gathering at their motherhouse in Kingston and, given their aging membership, discerning the order's future. "In our pre-chapter meeting, we had a lot of hope," said Sister Jeannette Filthaut. "We know we live our mission fully. We are rewriting and simplifying our mission statement. . . . We are an aging community as are many in Canada and the United States, but we are still very viable and still very alive." One of four Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul (Kingston) sisters based in the Edmonton Archdiocese, Filthaut's voice was strong. She said she and several others have been called to seek leadership positions in the order.
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Women who undergo in vitro fertility (IVF) treatments are often pressured to abort one or more babies if they have triplets, a psychologist told a seminar in Gatineau, Que. An associate with the Toronto-based de Veber Institute, Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy told the annual Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) seminar March 19 the goals of IVF have changed. Initially, success was "an achieved pregnancy." Now success is defined as "a single, take home baby," Ring-Cassidy said.