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Jubilee - Expressing Gratitude

Dear Sisters & Associates - In so many beautiful ways you enhanced our Jubilee.  We are so grateful for all those who helped in any way to make June 28th a very special celebratory day.  We are deeply touched by your kindness to us.  We appreciate your presence, your lovely cards, remembrances in prayer and liturgies and personal gifts.  What a joy it is to be a Congregation of Notre Dame Sister, with such caring companions on our journey!

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St. Joseph Center, Mabou provided a wonderful setting and atmosphere for our 4-day mission group. What a GIFT to be the recipient of sincere hospitality given so graciously by the staff of the Center, the local community and the kitchen personnel. All that plus the support we receive from our group gathered could never be measured.


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On September 12-14, 2014, five Candidates will become CND Associates: Suzanne Fandel, Ronnie Gilligan-White, Bernadette Hecth, Jennifer Hollis and Bernadette Pavlowski. This will occur during the Sept. 13 Saturday afternoon Liturgy (4 p.m.). You are welcome to join us for the Liturgy.

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The People's Climate March

What is the People’s Climate March?

  • The People’s Climate March is a major mobilization in New York City this September 21 to demand bold, political action to address the climate crisis.
  • It is going to be the largest climate march in history! The People’s Climate March is literally that—the people coming together to show that we demand a future that is within our reach. A future with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change.
  • This is a moment about us—the people who are standing up in our communities to organize, build power, and to shift power to a just, safe, and peaceful world.

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September Article for The RI Catholic

The weather in new England is still summer but the season is all about back to school – the stores, the ads in newspapers, the number of school buses, the long lines of cars dropping off children at school, the sports fields filled with young athletes. It’s all about school.

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Communicators for Catholic Sisters Gather in Long Beach

Media-savvy communicators for Ca­tholic sisters engage in the social media arena daily as they tweet and share sisters’ works of charity, mercy and justice.

The Communicators for Women Religious (CWR) will host its 20th annual conference, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 at the Hilton Long Beach in California.

  CWR 20th annual conference


Miramichi Retreat

The annual CND Miramichi Associate Retreat was held May 30, 31 and June 1 at Living Waters Prayer House in Bartibogue, NB. It was the first time we did not have the Sisters cottage which served us so well for many, many years yet we cheerfully faced another change and adjustment.

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Congrégation de Notre-Dame in Central America: 50 Years of Missionary Presence in Guatemala


Montreal, September 3, 2014

Fifty years ago, on December 23, 1964, four sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame started the first mission in Guatemala, in San Francisco la Union in the department of Olintepeque. These four missionaries from the United States were:

Sister St. Laura Marie, Superior (Mary Frances MacIsaac)

Sister St. Marie Joseph (Rita Rompré)

Sister St. Celine Therese (Marie Celine Caufield)

Sister St. Louise Miriam (Louise Virginia Driscoll)

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People's Climate March - September 21, NYC

We March in Their Names
Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us.
Canada, United States, Japan,
Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador,
Cameroon, France


AT THE QUONNIE ASSOCIATE RETREAT, September 12-14, 2014, five Candidates will become CND Associates:  Suzanne Fandel, Ronnie Gilligan-White, Bernadette Hecth, Jennifer Hollis and Bernadette Pavlowski.  This will occur during the Sept. 13 Saturday afternoon Liturgy (4 pm).  Associates making the retreat will already be present.  Let us rejoice with and keep our five candidates in prayer.

Congregation of Notre Dame Associate Relationship news - Visitation East

New Associates: Congratulations to the following people who answered the call to Associate Relationship in May: Theresa MacNeil, Nelson & Dorothy Blanchard and Donna MacIntyre.

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Pray Participants and Volunteers from our School in Japan

A connection … the Play and Pray Participants and Volunteers from our School in Japan may have crossed paths in Thailand!  A number of the women at Quonnie had lived in the Refugee Camps in Thailand.  The Japanese volunteers offered their time serving in the camps where there were people from the Karen culture.  We will try to connect the two groups.  (Go to CND Web Site, to the interprovincial Icon and then the MARIA Province to the Winds of Asia document.)  The world becomes closer when the CND’s are involved!

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First profession

Magnificat! On Saturday, August 16, in Yaoundé, we celebrated with Simo Fosto Estelle, Mblama Rosine and Daidouwe Jeannette as they made their first vows in the Congregation of Notre Dame. The ceremony was held under the theme "Vivre enracinées dans l'Amour du Seigneur" - Rooted in God's Love.

Marguerite Bourgeoys at the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

A Modern Look at a 17th Century Woman of Commitment

All along the Saint Lawrence River, that remarkable gateway to North America, there are tributes to the builders and outstanding figures who have left their mark on the country. Just across from Île d’Orléans, at the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, the paintings in the Immaculée Conception Chapel, situated in the basilica’s basement, constitute an inspiring history lesson. Here, Marguerite Bourgeoys has just been attributed a place, a place of choice... [more]


WATERBURY CATHOLIC HIGH: This past weekend, a 50 year Graduate of Waterbury Catholic High came to Quonnie to invite any CND's who went to OR taught at Waterbury Catholic High from 1960-64 to attend their Reunion. It is on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014: Mass @ 11:15 in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, with a Luncheon immediately after at the Watertown Golf Club - 246 Guernseytown Road, Watertown.

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Yes, dreams do come true! Sisters from PEI who knew Sister Antoinette Desroches knew the dream that motivated and inspired her. We admired her tenacity for her project, while smiling that she had begun her “museum” by preserving artifacts under her bed until her dream could be realized. On Sunday, January 26, on the very same date and hour of the original meeting to launch the project held in 1964, Island Acadians and others gathered at the museum to recognize its contribution to the Acadian community during the past fifty years.

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A Wonderful "Play and Pray Day!"

The “Pray and Play” day at Quonnie on Sunday, August 10 was wonderful, especially for the twelve young women from Ann Marie Strileckis’s parish in Hartford. These “girls” (across a broad range of ages) were from families originally from Burma: they represented the KAREN culture, spoke in many dialects, had spent extended periods of time in Thai Refugee camps, were attentive, and are quite beautiful.

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It should be summer for all children

-This article was first published by the Rhode Island Catholic. -

Summer is for children. It is their free time. They don’t have to get up while it is still dark to wait for school buses, dressed in school clothes and carrying those heavy backpacks filled with homework - done or not. It is their time to wear the universal uniform of summer – shorts and tee-shirts. Summer leagues of baseball are in session and there are the days in the park or at the seashore, whiling away hours building sand castles or riding waves.

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Prayer for the victims of trafficking

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

“Happy are those who hunger for justice”

Let us pray…

…for men, women, and children, victims of forced labor

…for men, women, and children, abused in cotton plantations, in sweat shops, in rivers poisoned by mine exploitation

“Happy are those who hunger for justice”

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World Day against Trafficking in Persons

On 30 July 2014 the United Nations will mark the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The day is aimed at raising awareness around this global issue and to highlight the plight of the millions of women, men and children who are victims of trafficking from all corners of the world, as well as at encouraging people to take action against this crime.

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