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Birthday Prayer Celebrations at Lourdes for Sr. Marylin Stack

In the Congregation of Notre-Dame Lourdes community, we make an effort to celebrate the birthdays of our Sisters. We try to tailor our CND celebration to the Sister herself. For Sister Carolyn Kinnamon we had her favorite chocolate chip ice cream out on the patio. Carvel sundaes were part of Sister Rita McGetrick’s party, although her grandnephew Charlie’s surprise visit with his wife and five little ones made her day, and ours! We will gather for a short time of prayer/music/well-wishing for Sister Marylin Stack on her June 10th birthday.

Waterbury's 150 Celebration Planning Meeting

June 3, 2018 at St Leo's Parish

One hundred fifty years ago five women religious from Montreal, Canada were invited to Waterbury, Connecticut, to begin a school for the education of young women. These five women from the Congregation of Notre Dame opened the doors to Notre Dame Academy followed by Waterbury Catholic High School and began the long history of educating young women in the Waterbury area.

Over the years the mission of the Congregation of Notre Dame extended to other schools and parishes in Connecticut, providing a solid education to thousands, mostly women. On September 8, 2018, we will open a year of celebrating the fruits of the work of these five sisters and so many other sisters and lay teachers.

We want to identify and celebrate as many of these women as we can. Would you help us reach out through personal contact to celebrate CND alumnae whose CND education has made a big difference in their lives and contributed greatly to society, family and friends.

Please start sharing the names of your classmates to our Facebook page Celebrating 150 years of the CNDs educating in Waterbury, CT.

Kathleen Deignan has been invited to participate in Toward a Greener Attica: Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People on June 5-8, 2018 in the Saronic Islands, Greece. This international ecological symposium organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate will convene theologians and scientists, political and business leaders, as well as activists and journalists from all over the world. We are so happy that Kathleen will be among them.

Associate News – Sr. Joan Mahoney & Donna Wuhrer

Congratulations to New Associates in Hayesville, NC and Wilton, CT

At the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sunday, May 6 Liturgy in Hayesville, NC, Janet Michaelson and A.J. Borowski became CND Associates. They were welcomed joyously by the Associates, Sr. Terry Martin, Sr. Margarita Casteneda and the IHM community. Janet and A.J. were formed by Associate Co-coordinators, Barbara McGrattan and Sharon Ely, and Sr. Terry Martin.

Both Janet and A.J. are active volunteers in in their parish and civic communities. A.J. has a special love for teaching fourth grade CCD and committed to Habitat to Humanity and Janet is on the Parish Council and involved with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. A.J. Borowski is married with two children and two grandchildren. Janet and her husband do much volunteer work together.

For A.J., the Visitation is impactful in how she lives her life now and sees Marguerite as a model for living a more giving life. Janet admires Marguerite’s fortitude and strength and realizes she works as Christ’s disciple in her many ministries. Both see the Associate Relationship as a means of deepening their spiritual and faith life.

On Saturday, May 12, Francoise Telo made her First Commitment as an Associate in Wilton, CT during a celebration of the Feast of the Visitation. Many Sisters, Associates, and ten members from Francoise’ family attended this special prayer service. Francoise was formed by Sr. Mary Ann Rossi (who also invited her to the Associate Relationship) and Associates Vicki Remson and Debbie Polley (pictured above).

Francoise is married with one son who will be graduating college in June. She works as a nurse at Lourdes Health Care Center emanating joy to the sisters for whom she cares and co-workers. Francoise’s deep faith and love of God and Mary, her life-long friend, made her decision to begin the formation process easy. She lives the Visitation at work and with her family. Like Marguerite, Francoise sees her life as led by the Spirit.

We welcome these new Associates with joy and gratitude.



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