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OACM Newsletter

January 31, 2019

A Message from Secretariat

Welcome to the first Rainbow of 2019!  We hope you like the new layout and the new look!

Your 2019 OACM Secretariat and contact information

Lay Director
Wendy Fitzpatrick -

Assistant Lay Director
David McCreery -

Lay Director Advisor
Jim Wilson -

Bishop’s Advisor
Ryan Boivin -

Spiritual Director
Rev Dr. Anne Quick -

Pre-Cursillo Coordinator
Andrew Gibb - 

Weekend Coordinator
Richard Cherry -

Fourth Day Coordinator
Gloria Wilson -

Communications Coordinator/Rainbow Newsletter
Nicole Cayer -

Leaders' School / Servant Community Coordinator
Colleen Mayo-Pankhurst -

Janet Connor -

Murray Hatt - 

Ruth Speer -

Graham Jacques -

Canadian Anglican Cursillo Secretariat, Ontario Representative
Bev Hatt -

Prayer & Praise Ultreya

The Welcome Back Ultreya was held on January 13th at St Thomas the Apostle.   It was a great turnout and so uplifting!

Thank you to Randy Dunn and Shelley Yerburgh the musicians who've never played together before and they were fantastic!    Such joy!

Next month's Ultreya will be held at St Paul's in Almonte on February 24th! See Upcoming Events below.


Written by Colleen Mayo-Pankhurst

How Has God Played a Role in My Life this Past Month?

This is the question our Communications Coordinator asked the OACM Secretariat members at our mid-January meeting. Well, simply put, God has saved me in the past few weeks by surrounding me with the supportive people I needed to accompany me through a crisis. Let me tell you about it.

I have taught enthusiastically at Algonquin College for 16 years, with positive feedback from students and colleagues alike. Though not full-time faculty, thanks to the Collective Agreement I have some protections, including a right to be offered courses because of my seniority. So it came as a shock to learn, just before Christmas, that I had been assigned NO winter semester courses (Jan.—Apr. 2019). Whether this represents management error, vindictive retribution for my advocacy for workers’ rights, incompetent record keeping by the college, or ageism, I cannot say definitively. But I can say with great certainty that my professional world fell apart and I became ill.

In addition to having lost all my meaningful work, I lost all employment income. I felt devalued as a person and an educator. For someone with a professional career spanning almost 40 years, much of my identity is wrapped up in my work. All the usual emotions and reactions were there: shock and disbelief, anger and humiliation, pain and vulnerability, sadness and ultimately depression.

I cannot see the hand of God in the management decision, but I know the important role God has played in my life in the past month.  I have been surrounded by many people who have used their gifts to support me.  For instance, my partner remained optimistic and used his considerable analytical and writing skills to plan my grievance. A clinical psychologist friend validated my feelings and provided suggestions for a way forward emotionally. Many friends offered support in the forms of listening ears, prayer, visits or calls, loving hugs, and shoulders to cry on. Significantly, when I was at my lowest, a few Cursillistas helped me with new and healthy perspectives on my situation. And the special women in my Group Reunion have kept in close touch; I feel them holding me up. God has surrounded me with these people.

While I’m still upset about the shameful behaviour of the college and worried about household finances, I have been able to look for silver linings. While I await the grievance hearing outcome, I am praying to recognize the opportunities God may have in store.

So, how has God played a role in your life this past month?


Colleen Mayo-Pankhurst
Leader’s School/Servant Community Coordinator, OACM

Did You Know?

We are looking for 2 photographers to attend our monthly Ultreyas and take photographs. 

If photography is your passion, strength, and gift, we would be happy to speak with you!  Send an email to 



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