The Circle's Events


Creating Connections, Inspiring Community
A Panel Discussion

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Merici Lounge, Brescia University College
Free Parking, All Welcome

The charism of Angela Merici, the 16th century founder of the Company of St. Ursula, is for all people and is lived out by many who follow her wisdom and vision.  She has inspired the formation of many communities, with those involved experiencing a sense of connection and shared admiration for Angela’s spirit and mission. At a gathering for women in May 2012, one of the Ursuline Sisters used the four leaf clover as a symbol of four of the communities we will explore through this panel, each distinct yet inter-connected expressions of Angela’s spirituality- leaves springing from a common stem.  Join us for a discussion composed of one member of each community who will present the story of Angela’s vision as lived out today. Sr. Sheila McKinley will represent the Ursulines of Chatham, Lina Bowden will speak for the Lay Community in Peru, Sheila Horrell for the Seeds of Hope (an Ursuline-inspired, international program for women in solidarity with those who struggle for justice in Peru and Canada) and Sue Langlois for the Companions of Angela Merici. Come and participate in an interesting interchange and discover how the vision of Angela Merici continues to inspire so many, individually and collectively, centuries later.

Panel Member’s Bios
Lina Bowden, Lay Community in Peru –Locally, in her community of London, Lina is committed to creating transformational change through her work in social enterprise and social finance. At Pillar Nonprofit Network, Lina provides leadership in the creation of a social innovation shared space, in the supports offered to social enterprises, and in her work to create local social investment opportunities.
Sheila Horrell, Seeds of Hope- Sheila joined Seeds of Hope when she was invited to inquire into going for a year-long visit to Peru.  She had expressed an interest in deepening her connection to the people she had met on short visits there, and the Seeds opportunity seemed ideal.  She found that many of her thoughts were nourished in this group of women exploring and supporting each others' spirituality in the spirit of Angela and she is a steadfast member of this band of travelers.
Sheila McKinley, Ursuline Sister -Sheila has been a member of the Ursuline Sisters for over 45 years. During that time she has enjoyed ministry in teaching, community leadership and working with groups in the area of spiritual growth. She is particularly interested in ecological spirituality and justice issues.
Sue (Thibeault) Langlois, Companions of Angela Merici - Sue joined the Ursulines out of high school in 1963. In 1967, she married John Langlois and moved to a farm in Oxford County where they raised nine children (and crops and livestock). She received a Bachelor of Arts, and has been a partner on the farm and in many other endeavours with her husband. When she is not looking after one of her children or grandchildren, she can be found reading mysteries and spy novels, or doing the NYT crossword.

Open Circle

Wednesday 28 January, 7:00 p.m.
Merici Lounge, Brescia
Free Parking


Feelings & Fibres
Creativity Workshop Series with Ardath Finnbogason-Hill

2 Options to Participate!
Option One: 4-part Saturday Morning Workshop Series:
Saturdays 7, 14, 21 & 28 February, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Option Two: 4-part Thursday Evening Workshop Series:
Thursdays 5, 12, 19 & 26 February, 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

The Circle Women’s Centre, Brescia University College
Circle members: $85.00, Non-members: $95.00

Feelings and Fibres is a workshop series for women who have a basic understanding of knitting (knit & purl only!) and who would enjoy exploring the creative process through the use of colour, texture, fibre, nature and story.  Women wanting to reconnect with or rediscover, their unique creativity will experience the freedom of artistic expression in the creation of a knitted “Wisdom Wrap,” wall shawl,” ritual wrap, or garment.

This series will be held in a beautiful retreat-like setting ...a time for you to relax and to remember or rediscover your unique creative gifts. The freedom to create without constraint is freeing experience. Each session will allow your imagination to flow as you create your own knitted Wisdom Wrap with tea and a treat!

WORKSHOP NOTE: Participants must supply their own yarn and knitting needles.

Click HERE for workshop brochure.
Click HERE for workshop registration form.

Brighid Festival

Friday 22 May - Sunday 24 May 2015

With Dr. Mary Condren and special guest Starhawk!

Registration Opening Soon!! Stay Tuned!