50th Anniversary of Development and Peace

Development and Peace 50th Anniversary Quilt Project Pilgrimage

When the bishops of Canada attended the meetings of the Second Vatican Council, they met bishops from the Third World and learned of the deplorable conditions - poverty and oppression - lived by millions of people. In 1967 these bishops created the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, designed to assist others to live a life of dignity. Since then, Development and Peace has helped Catholics to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The Quilt Project Pilgrimage undertaken by Development and Peace has asked each Diocese in Canada to create a quilt patch that represents how its parishioners have acted in solidarity with the poor and marginalized peoples of the world. The pilgrimage began in the Archdiocese of St. John’s, progressed to the Diocese of Grand Falls and has now arrived in our Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. At each stop, a new quilt patch is added. When the patches complete their pilgrimage across Canada just before Easter , 2017, the patches will be sown together to create a huge quilt, a visual representation of the solidarity between Canadians and their partners in the Global South over the last 50 years.

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