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Associate Communities Discuss Climate Change


L-R Sitting: Sr. Anne Seeley, Evette Contreas, Sr. Mary Jane Hebert, Sr. Margaret Giroux
L-R Middle Row: Sharon Norton, Sebastiana Leon, Baldomero Ahucatitan
L-R Back Row: Magdalena Centeno, Arcadia Ramirez, Janice Amitrano, Ellen Boegel, Patricia Bramwell (guest)


During their Lenten gatherings, Associate Communities are using the booklet “Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion” provided by Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan’s Office of Peace and Justice. The picture above is of the Staten Island Community meeting in the Library of Notre Dame Academy. Items on the table represent individual’s symbol of the earth that is precious to that person. At the Wilton Associate Gathering and during the Associate community that meets by conference call, water in some form, ocean, lake, waterfall, was the symbol for many. An Associate Candidate at Wilton spoke of the Big Bang as “God’s explosion of love”. For many, the conversation was eye opening and moved them to deepen their commitment to care for the earth.

CNWE Conference 2015

Women Rising: Shaping A Way Forward!

May 29-31, 2015, Seneca College, Toronto, ON

The Toronto Conference Planning Committee announces that the keynote speaker will be Canadian human rights activist, journalist and author, Sally Armstrong. Sally’s book, Ascent of Women (2013) shares her experience and conviction that empowering women and girls is the way forward. For more information, see

Call To Act

Sister Arlene Flattery OP is my counterpart for the SSND Community. In December, Arlene was part of a small group of Dominicans who went to visit the Iraqi Dominicans (Sisters, Brothers, Priests) who are ministering among the dislocated Christians in Northern Iraq. She recounted her experience in a moving presentation in Wilton. The state of the refugees within Iraq and in the surrounding countries is absolutely calamitous. Basic needs of food and shelter are largely absent as refugees are forced to constantly relocate. Iraq and its surrounding neighbors cannot address this humanitarian disaster. Arlene and the Dominicans from the United States are inviting us to join with them in these ways:

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