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“Truly, we have received much, so many graces, so many blessings, and we rejoice in this. It will do us good to think back on our lives with the grace of remembrance. Remembrance of when we were first called, remembrance of the road travelled, remembrance of graces received… and, above all, remembrance of our encounter with Jesus Christ so often along the way. Remembrance of the amazement which our encounter with Jesus Christ awakens in our hearts. To seek the grace of remembrance so as to grow in the spirit of gratitude. Perhaps we need to ask ourselves: are we good at counting our blessings?” 

(Vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York)

“Mission is never the fruit of a perfectly planned program or a well-organized manual. Mission is always the fruit of a life which knows what it is to be found and healed, encountered and forgiven. Mission is born of a constant experience of God’s merciful anointing.”

(Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC)

“Humanity has the ability to work together in building our common home. As Christians inspired by this certainty, we wish to commit ourselves to the conscious and responsible care of our common home.”

(West Lawn of the White House)

“The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life, of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic. This common house of all men and women must also be built on the understanding of a certain sacredness of created nature. (United Nations)

Associate News - Sr. Joan Mahoney

Associate Retreat – September 18 – 20, 2015

Thirty (30) associates, four candidates and four sisters had a spirit-filled weekend at Quonnie. Sr. Mary Ann Rossi and Sr. Joan Mahoney based their reflections and prayer experiences on Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Ronald Rolheiser. Associate Barbara McGrattan, NC, led a session explaining and experiencing Ignatian Prayer and Associates Susan Connery, RI, Suzanne Fandel, CT and Candidate Kathy Donohue, MA shared their stories of praying from where they are “standing with God” in their lives. In addition, all were blessed with the glorious summer weather, spirited liturgy music provided by “Judy (Laffey) and the Jubilees”, delicious meals prepared and served by Sr. Marilyn Doucette and Sr. Pat Jamele with guest chef Mary Belanger.

The following comments reflect the experience of many:

“My first Quonnie Retreat exceeded my expectations. I knew Quonnie to be a place of tranquility and simplicity, which it continues to be. I enjoyed meeting Associates from far and near. Associates are a truly enjoyable group of honest and beautiful women, inside and out…Thank you all, especially Sr. Joan and Sr. Mary Ann, for such a heart warming, Marguerite filled Visitation experience.” (associate)

“I was in awe with the spirit of community and friendship of those in attendance and was proud to be a member of such a group. The levels of sharing among the women were very insightful and honest and I was struck by their ease in sharing deeply. I truly am where I want to be in my spiritual journey right now...and I am looking forward to progressing on this journey with the extraordinary members of the associate group and its leaders.” (associate candidate)



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