March 31, 2020. FULL CANCELLATION OF CONGRESS 2020
Please click on the link below to receive the most current information regarding the final decisions to completely cancel Congress2020. After attempts to consider an online presence a final decision has been made to completely stop any further efforts to convene in any way.
Video address by Federation President and CEO Gabriel Miller:
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February 21, 2020
From CCHA Member Richard Lebrun:
In December 2019, with two colleagues, I completed a digital publication project. The following “database” is now available through libraries that subscribe to the InteLex Past Masters series:
“The Writings of Félicité de Lamennais,” Edited by Richard A. Lebrun and Sylvain Milbach. Introductions and Annotations by Sylvain Milbach. Translated by Richard A. Lebrun and Jerry Ryan. Charlottesville VA.: InteLex Corporation, 2019.
This was a major project, on which I worked the last ten years and involved translating over a million words of Lamennais’ French texts as well as Milbach’s contributions. In 2009, I had contributed “The Works of Joseph de Maistre” to the same InteLex Past Masters series.
February 20, 2020
From CCHA Member Jacqueline Gresko:
This past weekend I attended the Memorial Mass for Sister Margaret Fujisawa of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, at St. Augustine’s Church in Vancouver. Sister Margaret was 98 when she passed away.. She and her twin sister, the late Sister Catherine Fujisawa, joined the Sisters of the Atonement after World War II. During the war the Atonement Sisters had gone from their Vancouver mission to Greenwood with Japanese Canadian families. They taught elementary school, commercial and some high school classes into the 1950s. The Fujisawa sisters, after profession as Sisters of the Atonement, did social service and mission work in the States, then Japan, then, in their retirement years in Vancouver.
About twenty years ago they attended a panel on the history of education during the war at the Nikkei National Museum. I spoke on the Catholic schools and other historians spoke on Anglican and United Church schools. Every time I made a statement, Sister Catherine or Sister Margaret would challenge me. “Where did you get that from.” I would explain that I listened to the interviews the Museum had done with Sister Antoinette. She served in the Catholic missions in Vancouver and Steveston before the war, then Greenwood during the war.
The sisters would reply, well she was in one area and we were in another when that happened. So I asked if I might interview them for their perspectives. They said no, they were too busy with their projects for Japanese speaking seniors. I asked their superior for permission to interview them. She said yes, but you will have to follow them around to ask them questions, so put your roller skates on. I did not get to do that, but others, like Professor Chieko Mizoue, who came from Japan to research education of Japanese Canadians, did get to interview Sister Margaret and Sister Catherine. Professor Mizoue and I presented at the CCHA in 2016 on our research.