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A Day Retreat with Hon. Graydon Nicholas

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Friday, 22 September 2017 from 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM (PDT)

A Day Retreat with Hon. Graydon Nicholas

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A half-day retreat led by Hon. Graydon Nicholas

Friday September 22nd, 2017

9:00am until 1:15pm

St Mark's Parish Chapel, UBC

City in Focus and the Jesuits of Vancouver are pleased to host this special half-day retreat with Hon. Graydon Nicholas, former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick at St. Mark's Parish at UBC.

At this retreat Graydon will lead the group in the Ignatian style and examine what it means to follow Jesus in his own poverty. There will be times of group discussion mixed with times of quiet prayer and silent reflection.

'Love has no alibi' declares Pope Francis in his recent announcement for the First World Day of the Poor planned for 19th November 2017. At this retreat Graydon will examine what it means to follow Jesus in his own poverty. Graydon will speak from a personal conviction that, by encountering the poor, we will be able to better understand the deepest truth of the Gospel. Indeed, as we embrace a culture of encounter with poverty we find an interior attitude that avoids looking upon money, career and luxury as our goal in life and the condition for our happiness but, instead, creates a way for us to freely shouldering our personal and social responsibilities. 'Poverty is a yardstick', continues Pope Francis, 'that allows us to judge how best to use material goods and to build relationships that are neither selfish nor possessive.' 


Program:  We will be sharing the morning together as led by Graydon with times for personal prayer and silent reflection.  At noon we will celebrate mass together in the St. Mark's chapel. The retreat will conclude with a light lunch. Paid parking will be available - details to follow.  




The Honourable Graydon Nicholas was born and raised on the Tobique First Nation. After earning a Bachelor of Science, Mr. Nicholas chose to pursue a legal career, graduating with a Bachelor of Law from the University of New Brunswick in 1971, becoming the first Aboriginal person to receive a law degree in Atlantic Canada. He was appointed to the bench as a provincial court judge on May 31, 1991. 

Graydon Nicholas was appointed as New Brunswick’s first Aboriginal lieutenant governor in 2009.  He finished his tenure at LG in 2014 and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2016 in recognition of his life achievements and dedication to his community. Graydon, accompanied by his wife, Beth, was the keynote speaker at the BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast held in Vancouver in 2015. 

Graydon has spent much of his career working in the field of indigenous political development at the regional, national, and international levels and maintains a keen interest in these areas. He is an active participant in the Christian Life Community and has lectured at the Vancouver School of Theology as part of the Native Ministries Consortium Program.


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St. Mark's Parish
5935 Iona Drive
University Endowment Lands, BC V6T 2L2

Friday, 22 September 2017 from 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM (PDT)

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