The monthly E-bulletin was introduced in 2011 to replace the hard-copy Quarterly News Network. It was realised that the website and e-mail circulations provided a more effective way to provide information on a timely basis. This page gave access to the latest E-bulletin and all previous issues.
The September 2013 issue of the E-bulletin was the last to be issued under Anne O’Connor’s editorship as she is not part of the re-constituted Shrewsbury Commission. However, Anne continues her J&P work with the NJPN, the National Justice and Peace Network. In that capacity Anne produces a monthly e bulletin for J&P in the North West, supporting J&P activities throughout the dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford, Shrewsbury and Wrexham. Here we provide access to issues of the NJPN NW monthly bulletin as soon as they are produced.
A note from Anne O’Connor about a devastating family tragedy:
“Some of you may already have heard that our darling elder daughter Annie died of natural causes on 12 June at her home in Sheffield. It was very sudden and unexpected. Annie died too soon and we are all devastated by our loss but our family has been overwhelmed by the love and support shown us which has been so helpful in carrying us through this challenging time. It was a comfort to know that her PP and close friend came just after and gave her the last rites. Her housemate and our middle son who also lives in Sheffield prayed with her. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt and friend who worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm for the church, Samaritans and Church Army. I’ve attached a tribute to her and plan to take time out to collate her articles and blogs plus some personal tributes from friends and family for future publication.
“At present I can’t carry on with the NW e bulletins and am unsure as to the future. However, you’ll be in excellent hands with Sharon Chambers, our newly appointed NJPN Editor who produces a vast range of info with comprehensive links for further reading. You can access these fortnightly bulletins on the NJPN website at: www.justice-and-peace.org.uk – choose the news tab in the drop down menu but best of all I recommend signing up to receive this invaluable free resource direct into your mailbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liverpool Archdiocese produces articles and information at: https://jp.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/news/
Lancaster Diocese has a regular bulletin at http://www.lancasterfaithandjustice.co.uk/newsletter/
Independent Catholic News (ICN) has daily news bulletins at: https://www.indcatholicnews.com/ National Catholic Reporter provides a comprehensive source of US news: https://www.ncronline.org
“We’ve been inundated with comments and cards – many mention her liveliness, her laughter, her joy, her warmth, her ability to connect with, welcome and reach out to people of every kind, always looking out for the stranger or someone who felt they were an ‘outsider’. She was a compassionate, gentle, non-judgmental listener who brought out the best in her students and friends.”
Our love and prayers go out to Anne and family at this very sad time.
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Here is the latest issue of the North West bulletin …
Two comments in Becoming, the recent Netflix documentary about MIchelle Obama, seem significant in the light of the killing of George Floyd and its aftermath. Obama said that although she became the most prominent person in the US, she never forgot that her great-grandmother had been a slave. She also expressed profound disappointment that Black Americans hadn’t bothered to vote in the 2016 election: it felt like a betrayal of what the first African American presidency had hoped to achieve. If the Black Lives Matter movement is to have real and (we hope) lasting success it will come through the ballot box, establishing strong support for change in Congress and the Senate, but this will only happen if Black and Hispanic communities turn out in force to vote in November. Following the weekend protests across the UK in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the US, it was disappointing but sadly not surprising to see the government’s reaction. Focusing on ‘damage‘ and ‘thuggery’ completely misses the point; likewise implying it’s a US issue only. A failed opportunity to engage with the many many people in the UK who suffer racial abuse. And a failure to read the signs of the times and show some much needed empathy.
The July edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin is dominated by the brutal murder of George Floyd with several hard-hitting opinion pieces. Book reviews also feature as well as a look at how the poor have been adversely impacted by the Covid19 virus.
Please read and pass on.
Best wishes and stay safe.
Here are the links to earlier NW bulletin back numbers …
And here are the links to all the Shrewsbury back numbers …