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New Online Retreat: "Mercy, A Chance for Life"

Given the success of the online retreats entitled, Source of Living Water and In the Heart of the World, which have been available since 2015 on the Congrégation de Notre-Dame website, Sister Marie Azzarello and Sister Rachel Gaudreau are back! As this Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close, the online retreat Mercy, A Chance for Life invites us to take time to become more conscious of God’s tender mercy in our lives. The new online retreat will be launched on September 25 with new content added throughout the five-week period. Once the retreat is completed, it will permanently remain on the Congrégation de Notre-Dame’s website for retreatants to return to or to experience at a time best suited to them. Participants are welcome to write to Sister Marie and Sister Rachel.

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CBC’s “Still Standing” (the Mabou Version)

CBC’s “Still Standing” (the Mabou Version) will be aired on Tuesday, September 13 at 9 p.m. (Atlantic Time). Don’t forget to tune in!

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Special Award!

Kingston Associate Alice Gazeley received the Catholic Women’s League Provincial Council Social Justice Award at the Ontario Catholic Women’s League Annual Convention held in Stratford, Ontario in July 2016. This award was given for Alice’s work in the field of Social Justice. Alice has served on many committees educating for and promoting social justice over the years.




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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation September 1st

Last year, Pope Francis instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation to be celebrated annually on September 1st by all women and men of good will.   

September 1st comes immediately after our Congregation of Notre Dame 97th General Chapter…. “Rooted in Jesus Christ, let us cultivate love and compassion”

The Holy Father writes: “As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing.  In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for concern for the care of creation.” 

As a sign of our communal love for creation, may we, sisters and associates of the Congregation of Notre Dame,  join all women and men of good will on September 1st in prayer for the Care of Creation and  in reaffirming our personal vocation to be stewards of creation.

Peace & Justice News

This summer, I received a newsletter from Fukushima. It included letters written by some students who received financial aid from the fund established by our Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters. The focus of that program is ministering to people, mostly elderly, who have been dislocated by the triple tragedy and living apart from their families. This living singly is very counter-cultural for the Japanese. The people of Fukushima and the surrounding areas so affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and meltdown are still dealing with tremendous challenges. The world and their own country seemed to have moved on. Japan is presently focused on the upcoming Olympics. I am including this letter as an indication of what your generous responses helped to make to make possible and to ask you again to lift up the needs of the people of Fukushima in your prayers.

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News From the General Chapter in Cornwall, Ontario

August 12-21 went surprisingly quickly for the seven associates who attended the first ten days of the General Chapter. Representing each of our provinces/regions and the Central Office, the associates were an integral part of the process. Together with the 65 sisters, they prayed, discussed and interacted in the development of our Congregation of Notre Dame orientations for the next five years. 

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Celebration of The 35th Anniversary of CND Associate Relationship

An American linden tree was planted at the mother house to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Associate Relationship. It replaced a diseased tree and will provide food for butterflies, bees, and birds.

In our Blessed Sacrament Province, several associates have planted special bushes and flowers at their homes. The Associates of North Carolina are in the process of planting a ‘Marguerite Prayer Garden’ on their Church property. In Pensacola, the associates planted a lemon tree. Sr. Marilyn Doucette was with them for their renewal of commitment and lemon tree planting on June 12. Sr. Marilyn ministered in Pensacola before serving for six years as the Co-coordinator of Associate Relationship at the Central Office in Montreal. This is how Sr. Marilyn described the event. 

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Congratulations to Sr. Betty Kehoe

Congratulations to Sr. Betty Kehoe who was honored by Catholic Charities of OKC as "religious of the year." The award was presented by Sister Donna Markham, O.P. Sister Donna is the first woman President and CEO of Catholic Charities, USA. 

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Birthday Celebration

Thirty eight of Marie Eliane Lachance's friends gathered at Wilton for prayer and celebration to celebrate her 103rd birthday on Sunday, August 28. In our prayer many offered prayers of thanks especially for her fidelity in her friendships and her prayer. Others mentioned how influential she was in their early years in the CND. Marie Elaine was grateful that so many came not only to be with her, but to be with one another.

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New leadership team

Rooted in Jesus Christ, Let Us Cultivate Love and Compassion

Press Release

Montreal, August 27, 2016

The Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame who have been gathered in General Chapter since August 11 in Cornwall, are happy to announce the election of their new leadership team for a five (5) year term.

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New leader of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame

 It is with joy we announce 

Sister Agnes Campbell has been elected Congregational Leader.

With deep gratitude, Congratulations!



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Sister Joan Curtin, CND

SIster Joan Curtin, CND, talks about her ministry as Director of the Catechetical Office of the New York City Diocese.

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Echoes from Chapter 2016, Tuesday, August 23

“Rooted in Jesus Christ, let us cultivate love and compassion”

Report of the day

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CND Associates are also present at Chapter!

Associates are lay people who share the Congregation of Notre Dame mission and charism.
Listen to Karen and Mary Jo as they talk about their experience at Chapter.

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General Chapter 2016: Election Process

From August 23-26, 2016, Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, gathered in General Chapter, are discerning and entering an election process.

During Chapter, delegates elect the sisters who will form the new leadership team for the next five years: the Congregation Leader, the Associate to the Congregation Leader and the other councillors. The election process unfolds in several stages:

  • Prior to the General Chapter, after a time of personal reflection and of sharing in small groups, each Congrégation de Notre-Dame sister confidentially proposes the names of sisters to whom she would entrust the roles of Congregation Leader, Associate to the Congregation Leader and Councillors.

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Echoes from Chapter 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

“Rooted in Jesus Christ, let us cultivate love and compassion”

Morning contemplative prayer included individual requests from several delegates for prayer. All were united in prayers of petition. Each morning the facilitator focuses the delegates on the tasks of the day.

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International Meeting (in 4 languages)



Founders of the Newest Members Group remember the preparation for the first International Meeting in 1993.

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Chapter 2016 Echos

Milestone for OK Clean Water Project

On Monday August 1, 2016 Visi Edwin, the Ok consultant and engineer for eight years, assumed the new role of  COUNTRY DIRECTOR.  He will be assisted by Litika Collins as the COMMUNITY LIASON OFFICER.

The “handing over” is a major step forward for the OK project as it moves towards its goals of becoming an Association recognized by the Cameroonian government and achieving financial sustainability.  The OK Committee in Ottawa supports these efforts wholeheartedly and has committed itself to continue to provide assistance for three years.

The “handing over” which took place at the new office of the OK project was attended by members of the Advisory Committee and a few collaborators.

Thank you for your support over the years.  

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Climate Change: Hope in Action through the Arts

World Social Forum

Friday, August 12, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Monument National, 1182 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal

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