It was the Solidarity Peru project, born in my parish in 1985, that triggered my interest in international solidarity and pushed me to get involved in bringing Development and Peace campaigns to life.
My commitment to international solidarity has changed my view of things: I’m now a citizen of the world; I read and question the news and I’m constantly seeking to better understand the social and economic issues that form our global structures. It has also led me to take a new look at the social doctrine of the Church and to appreciate its relevance and illumination.
Developments and Peace is a true pan-Canadian social movement, providing tools for analysis and real spaces for self expression and community engagement that allow us to believe that another world is possible and that we can do our part to make it happen. I’m currently involved in the Outaouais collective for Islamic-Christian dialogue, which will sponsor two Syrian families, one Muslim and the other Catholic.
What does dialogue mean to you?
Dialogue is made up of openness and attention. It takes effort and may be disturbing. It's so easy and reassuring to have ready-made ideas. Dialogue involves openness and attention to the points of view of others, especially views we dot necessarily hold ourselves. It’s this sometimes painful shake-up that allows us to broaden our points of view and to coexist more harmoniously. It's a long learning process, and dialogue must always remain open, like an ever-renewed conversation.