A Homily for Rita

Rita O'Connor, centre, on March 7, 2015 celebrating the retirement of a friend

March 21, 2015 - A Homily for Rita O'Connor at the Dayspring, Wendy Lywood 2 CORINTHIANS 4:7-10 I somehow think that Rita would be delighted with the version we have heard of Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians. Paul is saying that we have this beautiful treasure, the grace and gift of our ordinary lives, held in what he calls “cracked pots of earth and clay”. It’s Paul’s way, I think, of saying that human life is vulnerable and, … [Read more...]

Ten Things about Rita

Rita O'Connor - photo taken at the Coptic Church - neighbours of L'Arche Daybreak

For Rita O'Connor (1958 - 2015) a Eulogy by her friend Clara Frascetti I first met Rita when she began coming to the Dayspring to attend our Friday night worship as a new member of our community about 15 years ago. The significance of my relationship with Rita took a whole new turn when she offered to come and visit me and the 4 children under the age of 5 that I was home with in Newmarket. These visits, in the last 10 years, were weekly and … [Read more...]


Jean Vanier in his home, Trosley-Breuil France, 2013

PRESS RELEASE from the TEMPLETON FOUNDATION - March 11, 2015 Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, a revolutionary international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, has won the 2015 Templeton Prize. L’Arche encourages people toward mutually transformative relationships, where those who help are transformed by those they encounter. Vanier discovered that those people … [Read more...]

New People Bring New Energy and New Life


Thelus George and Mary Anne Larcina are the two women in this lovely picture. Thelus, who died in October at the age of 90, had been a member of Daybreak for 42 years. Mary Anne lives at Brookwood House where Thelus had been a founding member, and where she remained closely connected until the very end. Mary Anne and Thelus had never lived together, but they formed a friendship of great tenderness. Thelus was a good cook and she had taken … [Read more...]