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Associate Newsletter: Visitation Province West/North, June 2015


Please join us in prayer during the week of the Assembly in Toronto

Prayer for Assembly

O God, ever ancient and ever new,
may your Spirit abide deeply in us.
Pour out on us the graces of
deep listening
expansive imagination
extravagant trust
audacious hope
as you call us forward.
Dwell in us as the source of love
as holy mystery
as creator
as presence
so together we can
transform and be transformed
create and be created
renew and be renewed.
We ask this trusting in the promise
that you will make all things new.
(Rhonda Miska, Adapted)


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Experiencing Community Life

Sisters in West Haven this week said good-by to Alyssa Brelsford, who has been with them in community for five weeks. Alyssa, social worker in Bridgeport, begins graduate studies at Columbia University this summer. During Holy Week in March, Alyssa, following the advice of the diocesan Vocation Director, reached out to religious communities in the area. She was asking to live in and share community life as she transitioned from job to Columbia.

West Haven’s own Sisters Marilyn, Dolores, Catherine and Rita welcomed Alyssa fully. Each evening since mid-May, Alyssa gratefully received their kind and generous interest in her life when she joined them for meals and prayer.

In addition, Alyssa, happy and capable in a kitchen, became the Monday night cook! “Alyssa has been a gift” say Catherine, Marilyn, Rita and Dolores, and so too have the Sisters been a gift in Alyssa’s life, in her journey to understand God’s will for her. Thank you, West HavenJ Your generosity models Marguerite as she heads down to the St. Lawrence to welcome the women of France to offer them trust and shelter.


Laudato Si and Science

YOU MAY HEAR THAT POPE FRANCIS is not scientifically qualified to write an Encyclical on Climate Change. Pope Francis makes it clear that he has consulted with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The Academy includes 80 of the world’s top scientists, who hail from 36 countries. The Academy’s members have won 48 Nobel Prizes to date.

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