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Surprise Benefit!

Thanks to all who sent birthday greetings … it was a fun day! The sisters took me out for supper after Mass on Saturday, proposing to pay for my meal. When it came time to pay the bill, the waiter said, "Oh, it's your birthday? What's the number? That's the percentage we take off the cost of your meal." The sisters laughed, spontaneously and heartily, thinking BIG discount. I told the waiter: "It's 96." My bill came to sixty cents. I think the sisters should still take me out and give me dinner!

 

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Anniversary in Renous, NB

On August 21st, I was fortunate to accompany my two sisters, Ann and Veronica, and our cousin Mary to attend the 100th anniversary of the official opening of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Renous, NB. On a beautiful sunny day, Bishop Harris concelebrated mass with a number of priests including Father Vincent Donovan, born in Renous. Eight Renous women entered religious life, four of them Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame: Sisters Sadie and Alvera Donovan, Sister Elizabeth Hayes and myself. As the only surviving sister, I was presented a plaque in honour of the occasion. A large number of parishioners attended, some of whom I knew. It was a happy occasion for us.

 

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Continuing our General Chapter Reflections

Continuing our General Chapter Reflections, each province and region (administrative entities of the Congregation of Notre Dame) prepared a “creative presentation” to show where each felt God was calling the Congregation into the future. These presentations were to be approximately 10 minutes in length and were to come from the province or region’s reflections on the 17 letters from the sisters and associates that we received and shared on in the year leading up to the Chapter. Our associates also did a similar presentation although their challenge was much greater than ours as they had to prepare theirs working across all languages and great distance! All seven of these presentations happened over the course of a morning and were live-streamed for those at home to watch. If you did not see them, it is not too late – archived versions are available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cnd-en and http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cnd-fr and http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cnd-es.

 

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