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CND Spirituality at the Martha Spirituality Centre in Charlottetown, PEI

On March 10, 2016 a presentation on CND Spirituality is being offered at the Martha Spirituality Centre in Charlottetown, PEI.   Sister Phyllis Gallant, CND with two CND Associates Vernon Buote and Donna MacIntyre will introduce the public to Visitation/Pentecost Spirituality and to what the CND Associate Relationship means to its members and to the CND vowed members. Part of the presentation will focus on the understanding of Visitation/Pentecost spirituality and the strong connection between Visitation and Pentecost. Other points of interest will zero in on St. Marguerite's charism, how CNDs have touched the lives of our associates, how individuals are invited to the relationship, what is expected of the associates and what some of our CND directives are. We will touch on the impact of global warming and the seriousness of the situation which moved us to our corporate stance on climate change. May God continue to guide us while being rooted in Jesus Christ as we journey together in love and compassion for others. 

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Third Sunday of Lent, 2016

Associate Barbara Houlihan Hecht takes this Sunday’s challenging readings and focuses our attention on God’s surpassing mercy.  As God is incomprehensible to us; so is his everlasting mercy. She thus echoes the theme of this Year of Mercy.

What strikes me in the readings for today is the awe and reverence of the Israelites for God and God’s tender mercy toward all. It seems as though God’s mercy is there for the taking if we are open to His/Her presence as were Moses and the Israelites.

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Just News — January 2016

Following the birth of her adorable baby girl, Mira-Éden, and her maternity leave, Ms. Bineta Ba has resumed her functions as coordinator of the CND Social Justice Network. Welcome back, Bineta! You now carry on the actions undertaken last year by Apraham Niziblian.

As a means to concretely apply the orientation adopted by the network in 2014, regarding caring for our planet, Apraham imagined an innovative and rather ambitious project. This project was approved by the three members of the advisory committee and endorsed by the members of the General Council. The Council recognized the educational dimension and reimagining of a “green mother house, one that would make even the most environmentally conscious person blush.”[1]


[1] Just News, Autumn 2014

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News from Visitation Province

Memorable Visit! Prince Edward Island may be the smallest province in Canada, but the procedures and ceremonies of its Legislative Assembly equal that of any province and probably Ottawa. We were honoured recently by a visit from our Sgt.-At- Arms and Director of Security, W/O Al J. McDonald as well as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Hon. Francis (Buck) Watts. Each explained his responsibilities and gave us many interesting insights into the ceremonial operations of the Legislative Assembly and their symbolism. They took time to socialize with us and offered to pose with us holding the gold-plated Mace.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND 

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Lenten Mission at Stella Maris Church, North Rustico, PEI

A Lenten Mission is being held at Stella Maris Church in North Rustico, PEI for the parishioners of Stella Maris and the surrounding parishes.  Sister Regina McQuaid,CND will be the presenter at this Mission which is scheduled for March 6, 7 and 8th. The focus of the Mission is: Remember the Past with Gratitude, Live the Present with Joy, Look to the Future with Hope. We thank Sister Regina for her great generosity in accepting the invitation to do this and for sharing her time, her service, her giftedness, her joy and hope with us. Our Lenten Journey will surely be enriched. 

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

Good News From The CND Sisters: A new and delightful biography of their founder is now available, The Seed that Became a Garden: The Story of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys by Louise Finn, CND, and illustrated by Francis Back. Geared to young adults and older, it tells how Marguerite left her home in France as a young lay woman to travel to 17th-century Canada. Her amazing adventures will expand your vision of her world—and of our own. Available at Amazon as a paperback and a Kindle, and at B&N as a Nook, the book can also be purchased at ST. PAULS Bookstore, Staten Island, NY (1-800-343-2522). Thank you.

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Montréal en Lumière - Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel Welcomes the Blues

On Friday, February 19 at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, the 2016 edition of Gospel Fever opened with a “gospelizing” concert, featuring blues giant, Bob Walsh, with Guy Bélanger, harmonica virtuoso, Jean Fernand Girard on keyboard and Jean Cyr on bass.

Hosting a blues concert in Bon-Secours Chapel may seem like a stretch from the traditional Gospel hymns and spirituals. Some may even say that it is inappropriate. In fact, the blues are a direct descendant of Gospel music. If Negro slaves in 19th century United States sang about back-breaking labour in the cotton fields, blues songs like Sixteen Tons written in the 1940s about labour in the Kentucky mines, deal with the same preoccupations.

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Book – The Name of God Is Mercy

The Name of God Is Mercy. (Random House: 2016. 150 pages).

This little book has come from an interview of Pope Francis with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielle. It relates Pope Francis’ candid and clear responses to questions about why it was important to him to proclaim a Year of Mercy. He says, “Mercy is the first attribute of God.”(p. 62) and “There are no situations we cannot get out of….” (p. 85). “Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth.” (105) and “God forgives, not with a decree, but with a caress. (xvi). Questions are brief and clear and the Pope’s responses are simply voiced. I personally found it necessary to keep moving past the translator’s constant use of male pronouns for God. I don’t know Spanish or Italian; perhaps these words are a non-issue in languages other than English. 

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Reflection Day

Sr. Kay Duffin presented a Lenten day of reflection at the mother house in Montreal on Feb. 13th for the Montreal associates and their invited guests. We were twenty-one in attendance and it was a graced filled day.

Sr. Kay started off the day with the word Metanoia, repentance, change of direction, to go into our larger mind, re-wiring of our conscience to see further then what we are, going inward and outward in order to go forward... transforming our consciousness from the Spirit. 

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Radical Grace

Radical Grace, an award-winning documentary (2015; 75 min.) directed by Rebecca Parrish and produced by Niccole Bernardi-Reis. Executive Producer is Susan Sarandon, noted for her active support of social causes including economic justice, women’s rights, anti-war efforts and for her social justice work. Radical Grace is about three contemporary activists; Sister Simone Campbell, (Nuns on the Bus), Sister Chris Schenk (Future Church) and Sister Jean Hughes. The film is available for rental to groups; the home DVD is not yet available.

CNWE New Brunswick has arranged for public screenings in Saint John (March 30) and Fredericton (March 31). To see the trailer, visit http://RadicalGraceFilm.com

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Retreat for sisters and associates

Retreat for sisters and associates at Providence Spirituality Center in Kingston Ontario, to be presented by Sister Lorraine Caza, CND from Friday, April 1st to Sunday, April 3rd, 2016. There are only a few rooms left at the Providence Spirituality Center. If you haven’t already registered, please contact me by February 29th at mfoley8@cogeco.ca

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Welcoming Refugees in Salmon Arm, BC

Teresa in front row

Teresa McKerral, CND associate and member of JPIC Core Committee, sent us a very positive report of happenings in her parish. The Social Justice Committee of St. Joseph’s in Salmon Arm was instrumental in setting-up a committee to initiate and organize efforts to bring in Syrian refugee families. Other sponsoring communities (Rotary Club, Our Lady of the Lake at Blind Bay) joined them, and also a number of non-affiliated citizens. They are preparing to offer a welcome to as many as seven families. 

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Second Sunday of Lent, 2016

Kathy Chadwick, an Associate in Florida, focuses on Peter’s response to the Transfiguration of Jesus and how we can relate that to our lives.

Imagine the confusion, terror, excitement and fear that Peter, James and John experienced at the Transfiguration of Jesus. They were privileged to see Jesus in the fullness of His divinity. We don’t know how James and John reacted, but impetuous Peter immediately thinks about how he can improve on it! As he tells Jesus about his plan to build three tents for Jesus and the prophets, Jesus must have been shaking his head and thinking, “will you ever get it Peter? It’s not all about you.”

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24 Hours For The Lord Prayer Vigil

In his writing on the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites everyone to participate in 24 Hours for the Lord on March 4, 5. The School Sisters of Notre Dame at Wilton are praying in the following way:

  •  A common vespers on Friday, March 4 at 6 pm;
  •  A common prayer at 8 pm;
  •  Common prayer at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm on Saturday, March 5.

Congregation of Notre Dame sisters have been invited to participate in any or all of the prayer times. Sister Pat McCarthy, CND, will lead the 8 pm prayer service.

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Maison Saint-Gabriel's Exciting Project for Montréal’s 375th Anniversary

Maison Saint-Gabriel, Museum and Historic Site, with the South-West, Verdun, Lasalle and Lachine boroughs, and Maison Nivard-De Saint-Dizier, museum and archeological site, the Fleming Mill and the Lachine Museum, are proud to collaborate with the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary in an exciting project that will be launched in April 2017. It consists of a visual and sound route along the Saint Lawrence River, between Maison Saint-Gabriel, Museum and Historic Site, and the Lachine Museum. Via a mobile application and a series of explanatory panels along the way, this route will focus on the history and the people of this area.

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A Stand Against Solitary Confinement

Dear Sisters and Associates,

There is a great DVD called Breaking Down the Box. It is effective in showing the terrible effects of solitary confinement. Both issues Death Penalty and Solitary Confinement as a form of torture are Province Corporate Stands.  

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News from Visitation Province

Resources for Lent…

New app from Our Sunday Visitor designed especially for the Year of Mercy. Our Sunday Visitor’s 365 Days to Mercy app, free in the iTunes and Google Play app stores, is designed to accompany you on a spiritual journey during the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. There is a thought for every day of the year of Mercy... not developed much... but one for morning and evening. Also, an app “a Year of Mercy” with Pope Francis (384 pgs.) from Sunday Visitor. https://www.osv.com. Georgina MacInnis, CND

The Lenten Reflection Guide from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the teachings of Pope Francis in his latest encyclical, Laudato Si’. Find it and download – free – at www.maryknollogc.org. Becky McKenna, CND 

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

Catherine Mcauley Award: Sr. Patricia McCarthy will be a recipient of the Catherine McAuley Award at Mercy high School in Middletown, CT. The dinner will be at Mercy, 1760 Randolph Road, Middletown, CT on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

School Changes In Kankakee Area: The Diocese of Joliet has announced a plan for the reorganization of the Catholic Schools in Kankakee County after a three-year process of study and discussions. St. Thomas Aquinas (formerly St. Patrick’s and St. Martin) will close. Maternity (Bourbonnais) and St. Teresa (Bradley) will become Pre-K to 6th grade for the area. All 7th and 8th grades will go to Bishop McNamara where they will be a Junior High separate from the High School. Please pray for all involved. We have been invested in this area since 1860.

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First Sunday of Lent, 2016

Associate Sharon Norton begins our Lenten meditations. In current idiom, she points out that God’s paths for God’s people are often unexpected, challenging and invite us to courageous and loving response.

Greetings all,

Come July 5, I will be a grandmama. My daughter-in-law Rachel is pregnant with her first child, our first grandchild. Did I mention that Rachel is Jewish? Did I mention that our son Jim converted to Judaism? Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Or rather, in this case, Miriam, Rachel and Jim!

So in the midst of our family’s biblical identity crisis, I reflect on the readings for the first Sunday in Lent.

I have always imagined the Bible as a kind of mystical road map that tracks the human search for identity from the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Gethsemane. Along the way, the Old Testament tells us how too often our Jewish forefathers and mothers were forced to remake themselves in foreign lands, only to have terrorists drive them out once again. The Jewish people repeatedly called on God for proof of their Chosen identity; and each time He gave them the strength to relocate and recreate themselves. What he did not give them were permanent visas to the Promised Land.

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Supporting Students in many different ways

Demand at the UPEI campus food bank is up by about 25 per cent.

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