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General Conference: Sisters, The General Conference was a great success. Thank you to all who in any way welcomed our international sisters. They were deeply impressed by our Province enthusiasm and creativity for mission. Many were involved in this hospitality and we are grateful to all of you.

The Provincial Council

Retreat For Sisters At Lourdes: Please keep our sisters at Lourdes in prayer during their retreat, June 22 to June 26. Sister John Vianney, SSND will be conducting these four days of prayer and reflection for Sisters in the “other” communities at Lourdes while the SSND’s are participating in their own retreat at Villa Notre Dame.

Thank you. Sr. Mary Ann Rossi, CND

Lourdes: On Friday June 12, Sister Maryann Calabrese, CND met with the Congregation of Notre Dame sisters at Lourdes for an informal meeting on the Congregation of Notre Dame (CND) 2016 General Chapter. Sister shared with great enthusiasm the preliminary work in progress for this Chapter. Of course, refreshments followed. As one sister said afterwards, “It is always good to be in a small group with CND’s.” The monthly newsletter, the tidbits, communication from both the Province and Montreal are regularly communicated to the sisters. Of course, personal face-to-news is even more appreciated!

Sr. Mary Ann Rossi, CND

As You Know, Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Sii” came today. Taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” prayer praising God for creation, the likely name of the Pope’s upcoming encyclical was informally announced just weeks before its anticipated publication. The phrase, Laudato sii is one coined by Pope Francis’ namesake St. Francis of Assisi in the Saint’s famous prayer praising elements of creation such as “Brother Fire,” “Sister Moon” and “Mother Earth.” This prayer of St. Francis is also referred to as the Canticle of Creatures, the Canticle of the Sun and was written by St. Francis of Assisi around the year 1224. The encyclical is also expected to be given the Italian subtitle: “Sulla cura della casa comune,” (On the care of the common home). We’ve been singing this song for years thanks to Sister Kathleen Deignan’s sung version. O Praise and Bless my Lord and thankful be. And serve God each of us with great humility.

Following are some Encyclical Resources You May Find Helpful:

The Catholic Climate Covenant and partners are developing a host of resources that will help Catholics understand, discuss, share, and act on the encyclical teachings of Pope Francis.

Yale Climate Connections has produced a video titled This is Not Cool which traces some of the biblical background laying the foundation for what is expected to be Pope Francis’ coming encyclical on climate change. video includes an interview with Covenant Associate Director Lonnie Ellis, OFS.

U.S. Catholic Magazine has published an article titled Papal authority and climate change: Preparing for Pope Francis' encyclical. The article outlines the gradations of papal teaching authority, clarifies the corresponding ways that the faithful are called to respond, and locates likely encyclical teachings within this matrix.

The article is written by Covenant Project Manager Dan DiLeo.

Dave Pruett, former NASA researcher and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, James Madison University, has written Pope Francis’ Integral Ecology. There he explains a concept that is likely to be at the heart of the pope’s encyclical.

Theological Background: Some theological preparation: Here is an Excellent Podcast on the theology that helps us in beholding the earth with the eyes of faith. Our friend and sister, Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ has a wonderful lecture given at CTU this past week, June 10 – Learn@CTU provides this educational resource from Catholic Theological union. A very helpful audio podcast available at


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