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Lourdes: Feast of Marguerite… And a Vocation Ministry Insight

Mary Ann Rossi, CND

Everyone at the SSND residence in Wilton shared the joy of January 12, 2016. The sisters from Lourdes joined the larger community in the chapel. As usual, our “Notre Dame” sisters there welcomed us with their usual generous warmth and joy. At the Liturgy, Lectors were Mary Anne Powers, CND, and Pat Flattery, CND, and the homily was preached by Joan Mahoney, CND. The topic was Marguerite’s joy, and Joan delivered the homily in that same spirit. Sr. Mary Ann Rossi composed and read the Prayers of the Faithful. We prayed for Sr. Denise Conway, CND, on her birthday and remembered sisters Joan Annello and Rose Marie Duffy on the anniversary of their deaths. Sr. Marylou Lyons and Sr. Sue Poulin were Eucharistic Ministers and Sr. Mary Ann Calabrese was the coordinator of it all with her usual grace. After Mass, CND sisters and associates gathered in the Leclerc dining room for coffee and pastry.

The Sisters and Staff in the Province offices were invited to join the SSND community for lunch. In the afternoon, the Lourdes Sisters, with Sr. Mary Ann Rossi and Sr. Joan Mahoney gathered on the second floor at Lourdes for the prayer service reflecting on Marguerite’s joy. The vocation insight from this prayer was this: Every sister there strongly affirmed that it was the joy they saw in their Congregation of Notre Dame teachers and the sisters’ lively interaction with one another that drew them to the Congregation of Notre Dame. This insight was Marguerite Bourgeoys’s gift and challenge to all there. 


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