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Visitation Province Assembly - Wednesday - July 8, 2015

We enjoyed beautiful sunshine as we began our day in Toronto. We opened our day with 20 minutes of Contemplative Prayer, “Oh, will you come and let me go with you?” Nancy Sylvester, our Assembly facilitator, asked us to surrender ourselves to the inner space in which God dwells. The prayer continued with Carolyn McDade’s song, “Compassion Place,” followed by the Prayer for the Assembly.”

 

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Visitation Province Assembly - Monday evening - July 6, 2015

July 6/15 

The Assembly opened Monday night with Ann Broderick’s welcome to all of us: 9 associates and 80 sisters. She also noted the presence in spirit and prayer of all of you at home, sisters and associates.  She underlined the purpose of the Assembly as the deepening of our Province Direction Statement.  

Becky McKenna introduced Nancy Sylvester, IHM, our facilitator, a woman with a deep commitment to facilitate dialogue, a contemplative way of speaking and listening to one another, a way that makes a difference in how we are with one another, in a way that makes a difference in our world.

Nancy Sylvester invited us into a reflection process on our Direction Statement.  We pondered the question:  

  • What excites you as you live out your chapter direction?  
  •  What challenges you?  
  • What concerns you?  

We wrote our responses and shared them in dyads at the table and then posted them on the wall around the hall.  

The evening closed with a social, a time to welcome one another. 

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The New Entrance Hall of the Mother House is Welcoming and Informative

The new décor in the entrance hall of the mother house offers visitors beautiful pictures representing the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. On the left are images of its eight mother houses and on the right are photographs illustrating its mission, as it is being lived today, along with quotes from Marguerite Bourgeoys. Those who enter the front door of the mother house immediately see that they are visiting a dynamic institution active in today’s world and one that knows how to find in its roots the strength to adapt and continuously move forward while remaining faithful to its charism.

Come see us and be inspired by your past… and your present! 

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