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Notre Dame de Bon Secours

Sr. Kathleen Dorney and I loved "volunteering" at Notre Dame de Bon Secours the last week of August. We quickly fell into a routine of feeding off one another. Often it started with a "Hello" and if they answered in English, we asked where they were from. If they told us they were from the Boston, Chicago, Florida, Connecticut or New York area, we always asked what town?  If they were from New Jersey, I deferred to Kathleen! We had great Visitation encounters, not only from the USA, but all over Canada and the world. The Japanese were thrilled when we gave them brochures in Japanese and told them of our sisters. One woman was from Estonia and when I told her I was Lithuanian, she invited me to come to Estonia. One man from Chicago greeted me in Lithuanian. We met and spoke with people from China, India, Germany, Sri Lanka, London, Scotland, and Argentina; a nun from Uganda prayed at both Marguerite and Jeanne Le Ber's tombs for her foundress's canonization! The only hard part was the Montreal Metro stairs!

 

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The Pack-a-Backpack Program

On August 27, parishioners of the Church of St. Mary on Broadway in Providence and other volunteers, including Congregation of Notre Dame associate candidate, Judy Laffey, and Congregation of Notre Dame associates Bonnie Cotter and Susan Connery filled backpacks to be delivered to two hundred students in three local public schools and for parish youth in need. Funding was provided by the Blessed Sacrament Province Congregation of Notre Dame Donations Committee for the Pack-a-Backpack Program. The CND associates supplemented the funding by donating school supplies and money to purchase supplies.

 

Peace & Justice News

I have just returned from the Justice Network Meeting at the Congregation of Notre Dame mother house. The Spirit is not only alive and well among our sisters and associates but also inspiring and challenging. I was especially touched by the reports from Japan and Cameroon; Japan under the burden of the continuing threat of radiation and a sense of abandonment by their government, Cameroon under the terror of suicide bombings begun in the North this summer. Despite these conditions, our sisters and associates in both countries are collaborating on efforts to care for the earth. 

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