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Associate Discernment Process for General Chapter 2016

Theme: “Rooted in Jesus Christ Let Us Cultivate Love and Compassion”

In November, information went out to all Visitation province associates announcing an opportunity to attend the 2016 Congregation General Chapter in August in Cornwall, Ontario. The nine associates who attended the Assembly were invited to be part of the Discernment Process. We were given 3 passages to use for contemplative reflection to help us discern if we should submit our name for consideration. If we wished to be considered as a participant we had to submit our name by December 15 with a brief statement of what moved us to let our name stand. 

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Andrus Gatherings of Joy and Shared Grieving

The Congregation of Notre Dame Community at Andrus recently joined in prayer to celebrate the life of Sr. Dorothy Siemsen on her 90th Birthday. There was rich sharing on the many gifts and talents during Dorothy’s many years as a Congregation of Notre Dame sister. Some there knew Dorothy as a young sister; others have shared her life at Andrus. Dorothy’s response was one of gratitude to all there for sharing her years at Andrus and to God for her many years of life. A great ice cream social followed.

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Lourdes: Feast of Marguerite… And a Vocation Ministry Insight

Everyone at the SSND residence in Wilton shared the joy of January 12, 2016. The sisters from Lourdes joined the larger community in the chapel. As usual, our “Notre Dame” sisters there welcomed us with their usual generous warmth and joy. At the Liturgy, Lectors were Mary Anne Powers, CND, and Pat Flattery, CND, and the homily was preached by Joan Mahoney, CND. The topic was Marguerite’s joy, and Joan delivered the homily in that same spirit. Sr. Mary Ann Rossi composed and read the Prayers of the Faithful. We prayed for Sr. Denise Conway, CND, on her birthday and remembered sisters Joan Annello and Rose Marie Duffy on the anniversary of their deaths. Sr. Marylou Lyons and Sr. Sue Poulin were Eucharistic Ministers and Sr. Mary Ann Calabrese was the coordinator of it all with her usual grace. After Mass, CND sisters and associates gathered in the Leclerc dining room for coffee and pastry. 

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