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Welcome to the New Website

When was the last time you visited our Visitation Province website ( Beginning this weekend, our website will have a new look because it is changing to a blog.

For those of you who do not know much about the differences, you might not notice, however, you will see that it has a fresh look and is easier to navigate. You already might be familiar with the blog that Sr. Sheila Sullivan has and that Sr. Becky McKenna has for “The Small Plot.” The address for our updated Visitation website will remain the same, so you will not have trouble getting into it. Add it to your favorites or bookmarks, so that you can get in easily.

This site is a great way for your friends and other people outside the Congregation of Notre Dame to get to know the sisters and associates of Visitation Province and the global and local concerns that reflect our charism and commitment to justice. Anyone who visits the site will also be able to request prayers for a special intention. We need your help to keep our site current and meaningful. You can write up your own story and send pictures or have someone from the committee assist you with this. Committee Members are: Connie MacIsaac, Becky McKenna, June Wilkins, Karen Volpe, Congregation of Notre Dame associate, and Donna Kelly.

Donna Kelly, CND 

Looking Ahead… Next year, April 1 and 2, the Canadian Forum on Theology and Education will sponsor a session by Joan Chittsiter, OSB and Diarmuid O’Murchu, MSC. The topic will be Evolution and the Spiritual Life: exploring changing images of God and the implications for daily life and spirituality.

The location will be St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Conference Centre in Oakville, ON.

Participants may register NOW (no payment until January) at or by mail (Information – costs and agenda – and mailing address available at above site).

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Jubilee Tea at Parkland Cape Breton 

Four of our sisters at Parkland Cape Breton were feted at an afternoon tea held in the lovely dining room of Parkland Cape Breton on Sunday, June 14. Our honourees were Sister Mary Edna Levangie, celebrating 75 years as a Congregation of Notre Dame Sister, Sister Mary Campbell, celebrating 70 years, Sister Helen Carroll and Sister Ann Marie McDougall both celebrating 60 years of Congregation of Notre Dame life. A large number of family, friends, sisters and even former students gathered to enjoy social time and a delicious lunch catered to and served by the staff. Sister Elaine Hawrylak provided music and an impromptu solo was rendered by a relative of Sister Mary Campbell. Congratulations to all jubilarians, especially our own Parkland four.

Simone Abbass, CND 

From Ottawa… A small group of sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame and associates who meet on a regular basis were reflecting on climate change and spurred on by the Daisy Project, we wondered how we might contribute. Someone mentioned trees... and we took off from there! trees filter the air, keep us cooler, provide shade, absorb heavy rains, provide beautiful treescapes, calm us with the luscious greenspace, and so much more.

After some research we settled upon a connection with TREE OTTAWA. Tree Ottawa has three goals, to protect trees, plant trees, and promote tree habitat. They have pledged to plant one tree for every Ottawa resident from 2013-2017 for a total of one million trees, as a gift from Ottawa to Canada in celebration of our country’s 150th birthday in 2017. We wanted to be a part of this endeavour.

Our next step was to invite all the Ottawa Congregation of Notre Dame sisters and associates. The response has been overwhelming. A considerable amount has been collected to go toward this project. We are grateful for the challenge, the awareness and joy that it provided for us. - Ottawa associates and CNDs 

From Kingston… A prayer, familiar to many of us is addressed to "Dearest Lady of the Visitation, Patroness and model of our Community... make us sharers in your life of prayer, the one true source of charity and zeal..." This prayer embodies the spirit behind of a gathering hosted by the Kingston associates in honour of the sisters during this year of Consecrated Life. Elegance was portrayed through the beautiful spirit of simplicity in refreshments, decor and warm hospitality. We were deeply touched by the presence of Karen Volpe, our Central Co-Coordinator, from Toronto. It was heart-warming to learn that the beautiful bouquet of roses was a gift from former Kingston associate, Marlene Taylor, now living in B.C. Once again our associates have illustrated their deep devotion to and love of Marguerite and the Community. We, the sisters, are deeply grateful to our associates who share in our life of prayer and our mission in fidelity to Marguerite's charism. – Josephine Nestman and Barbara Prior

Alive Inside is a moving documentary film about music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest part of our humanity. It reveals the uniquely human connection we have with music and how its healing power trumps where prescriptions meds fall short. (Available on Netflix)

– Eleanor x 2 


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