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July 1999 – Cancellation of the debt of the poorest nations: The sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, after a year of study, prayer and reflection on the reasons behind the world-wide movement calling for the cancellation of Third-World debt, strongly affirm its cancellation, support those countries that have already made this choice and urge other countries to follow their example. We came to this united conviction, aware of the complexity of the issue and some of the implications for all the nations concerned. But a new millennium is dawning, and a compassionate God calls us to give hope to the poor for a better quality of life in the days ahead. As a Congregation we believe that cancelling the debt of these countries is a step in that direction.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

“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)

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News from Visitation Province

Andrews of Charlottetown community is hosting a series of talks on Dementia. We, the sisters and residents, are fortunate to join the staff and public. The first in a four-part series was presented by Dr. Tim Stultz, provincial Gerontologist, who gave an overview of what dementia is and the different types of dementia. The following week we had Sarah MacDonald, RN, who spoke on how to communicate and respond to people with dementia. The following two presentations are on Dementia from a pharmacological approach, and the Alzheimer Society of PEI will present the demographics of dementia in Canada and PEI. The Alzheimer Society also offers support to PEI residents in need. “Have you forgotten your keys lately?” No need to worry – that’s just a passing fad!

Sr. Catherine Smith

 

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