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CND & ROUTE 19

Come and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-2020).

Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters lived on Route 19 from 1884 – 2018. Sisters taught in Judique, Port Hood, Mabou and Inverness and welcomed many into their home at St. Joseph’s Renewal Centre in Mabou.

On October 8, 2019 come and welcome our guest speaker, Sr. Agnes Campbell, CND, back to the County.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

News From Cranbrook, BC: On Sunday, August 25, the Cranbrook associates, accompanied by Sr. Nina Glinski, renewed their Associate commitments in a prayerful celebration modeled on “A Celebration of Visitation,” by E. King. We have not had a CND in our midst for several years and we were pleased and blessed to have Sr. Nina with us. She played a significant role in Associate Relationship during her time in Cranbrook and her presence was appreciated at this time of our commitment renewal. We were also delighted to have Gerri Fletcher, a long-time Cranbrook associate back with us. Gerri and her husband Brian have spent the past 11 years as missionaries in both Peru and the Diocese of Mackenzie. Their experiences are summarized here...

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The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister

Sister Joan continues to share her fire with readers. This little book is about prophetic spirituality. Joan claims there are prophets walking among us, persons who show us ways to be mindful, compassionate and willing to speak up for minorities, for women, for children and underprivileged people. There are convinced and convincing persons who challenge us to “wake up, stand up and speak up” to do what is right. (“I think differently about that”… is a good start to a dialogue. It takes courage.)

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

With Gratitude

Dear friends, we are connected because four hundred years ago a child named Marguerite Bourgeoys came into the world. I have been blessed to be a Visitation Province coordinator for four years. In that time I have worked with wonderful coordinators, associates and sisters within our province and beyond. No matter where the road led I was always made welcome and lived many Visitation moments. Connected by our shared charism and mission our time together fed my fire and reinforced my belief that Associate Relation-ship is a gift to our world. You have supported me with prayer throughout these years: in illness, health, and the everyday unfolding of our lives. Thank you Marjorie for surprising me with a “Gratitude newsletter’; what a beautiful souvenir! To everyone who contributed, sent e-mails and cards - know your words touched me deeply. I ask for your prayers as I begin my new role within the Congregation. Holding you close to my heart and in my prayers.

In the spirit of Marguerite,

Anna Rowley

 

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MY EXPERIENCE: THE WALL – THE BORDER

My first experience at the wall was one of surprise, astonishment, sadness, and conflicting emotions. I always thought that the migrants had the challenge of passing only one wall to go to the United States. The caravans that were at the wall only a few months came to my mind. Some of them challenged the U.S. authorities doing everything possible to climb and pass to the other side of the wall, right by the sea. 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Little Things Mean A Lot

When I heard the phrase “Going to the Peripheries,” or “Responding to the Periphery in our lives,” I must say I was a little concerned and somewhat afraid that I would not be able to respond to the call that was so clearly expressed in our last Chapter. The word “Going,” I must admit, really challenged me, as I am not in a condition of doing much “going” anywhere. One day as I was pondering this call to the peripheries my heart was awakened to the realization that life, as I am living it at this time has given me a few opportunities of reaching the periphery.

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The Life and Mission of Marguerite Bourgeoys: Daring to Dream a New World into Being

The Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame are celebrating a very special anniversary, the 400th anniversary of the birth of their foundress, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys born in Troyes, France in 1620.

At the age of 20, a “touch of grace:” led Marguerite Bourgeoys to give herself to God. She embarked for the New World at the age of 33 in 1653, strengthened by the Virgin Marys’ call: “Go, I will not abandon you.” Having journeyed there to be a teacher, she became known as the “Mother of the Colony.”  In 1658, she opened Montreal’s first school.  At a later time with others, she directed the building of the first stone chapel, Notre-Dame-de Bon-Secours in Montreal.

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We are called to have nothing to do with murder

Consider the school shooter and the weekend gardener. They appear to have nothing in common. One is responsible for murder which is an act of unmitigated evil, no matter the circumstance, including war. The other is responsible for caring for one little spot in the earth in such a way as to produce food. Both can say something about God. The first shows what God is not and how God does not act; the second reveals the way God does act.

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Celebrations!

Celebrate with us!

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Daring to Dream a New World into Being with Kathleen Deignan, CND

Celebrating the 400th birthday of our foundress.

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Celebrating the Birth of St. Marguerite

Prayer Service celebrating the 400th  year of St Marguerite with us.

This prayer service is to be used on a monthly basis with each month focusing on deepening our awareness of one of Marguerite’s gifts to us and through us to the world.

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Grounding Ourselves in Hope

Prayer Service

September, 2019

 

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CALL TO PRAYER

LEADER:  Creator God—God of our hoping, God of our dreaming—you are the great dreamer.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Let us welcome the Season of Creation!

The Season of Creation is an ecologically focused annual celebration of prayer and action. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions, and many leaders of faith traditions have encouraged participation. Pope Francis has been urging everyone to embrace this season as a significant way to live out the principles of Laudato Sí. The season began September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis. The theme for this year is “The Web of Life.” ...

 

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Statement by Canada’s Catholic Sisters Regarding the Climate Emergency

On this World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, leaders of Canada’s 64 Congregations of Catholic Sisters are calling on the country’s politicians to respond to the climate emergency declared by Parliament by taking concrete steps to avert it.

As Women Religious, caring for all of God’s Creation is an essential part of our faith...

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THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF TIJUANA

As a daughter of Marguerite, willing to serve in every way, I was invited to spend the day and work with the children. A big challenge! First, because the migrants’ house does not usually welcome children and has no recreational spaces for them...

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province (USA)

With great joy we share with you the news that Janet Lawrence will pronounce final vows at a Eucharistic Liturgy at Villa Notre Dame, Wilton on Saturday, November 23rd at noon. Let us pray with her during this time of preparation.

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The Booksellers of Bonsecours event, September 13 and 14, 2019

The Archivists of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame will be at The Booksellers of Bonsecours event, September 13 and 14, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Archives Services of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame will be taking part in the first edition of The Booksellers of Bonsecours event, an initiative of the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum in collaboration with Lire et vivre to benefit the educational activities of the Museum. Among other things, there will be books and postcards for sale.

 

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Japanese Culture and History

Tuesday, July 23rd 

We went to Tokyo Oedo Museum in the afternoon. It proved to be a great opportunity to deepen our knowledge of Japanese culture, since the day before, Fr. Sekiya had talked to us about the place. Japan is rare among countries, in historically having maintained a policy of seclusion for 250 years. Having earlier heard that the Japanese national character is introverted, and that Japanese have a stronger consciousness of shame than of guilt, we took this time to deepen our knowledge of how Japanese people lived during these 250 years.

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Beginning of Christianity in Japan

Father Yoshiki Sekiya, a Salesian priest, began our meeting by celebrating a Mass, during which Sister Augustine Matchuendem renewed her vows. After Mass, we enjoyed listening to the priest play and sing songs from his childhood. Then the presentation began.

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The Education of Japanese Women: Yesterday and Today

In Japan, where higher education began late, there were two models at the beginning of higher education for women.

The first model was created by the first European and American Christians when they came to Japan. At the time, education was focussed on teaching English. Our CND school belonged to this model.

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