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The Development and Peace Solidarity Quilt visits the Diocese of Hamilton
Throughout the Lenten season this year, Development and Peace has been working on an initiative called The Solidarity Quilt. This quilt is a project and pilgrimage to celebrate Development and Peace's 50th Anniversary and 50 years of Solidarity in the 64 dioceses across the country.
Members of the various dioceses have each helped to form a panel that represents their own diocese. As the pilgrimage makes each stop the diocese they are in will add their panel to the collection. The pilgrimage has been split into two parts, starting in Victoria, British Columbia for Western Canada and St. John's, Newfoundland for Eastern Canada.
The Diocese of Hamilton is the last stop for the western portion of the quilt as the two halves come together to meet together in Ontario. Once together all the patches will be sewn together to make two large quilts.
The western portion of the quilt was welcomed into the diocese on Saturday, March 25th at St. Joseph's Parish, where it was blessed by Bishop Miehm. It has since made several stops, spending two days at the Bishop Farrell Library and making various others tops in the diocese including St. Michael's Parish in Oakville, a Lenten retreat at The Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Bishop Reding secondary school in Milton and ending its trip today a Holy Rosary Parish in Milton before it is handed off to be sewn together for completion.
The concept for panel representing our diocese was put together by a group of people including our local Development and Peace office and was stitched together by a local artist. The panel represents the various deaneries by using symbols that represent what is important to them. For example, the Hamilton deanery is represented by heart which shows Hamilton as the heart of the Diocese. The Wellington deanery is displayed as a water droplet representing the battle for water with Nestlé in Aberfoyle.
See below for pictures of the western portion of the quilt.