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New ministry as Co-Coordinator in Visitation East


It is with joy in my heart that I begin this ministry as Co-Coordinator in Visitation East. Marjorie and others have been generous in showing me the ropes as I settle into this new position. Born and raised in Toronto I attended university in Thunder Bay, Ontario and then taught for over five year in Manitouwadge, Ontario where I met my husband, Eric. We married and settled in Montreal, his hometown, and my closer connection with our Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys began. I knew of Marguerite Bourgeoys as an educator, part of the fabric of Canadian history and a holy woman of the church. Twice weekly I attended continuing education classes at McGill University and the Sherbrooke bus took me past the former mother house; today’s Dawson College. I was struck time and again by the statue of Our Lady of Protection atop the building and it was always a time to offer a prayer and reflect. It wasn’t until we moved to Grafton, NB that I connected with Congregation of Notre Dame sisters and associates and what a blessing that has been in my life! I look forward to meeting associates throughout the Maritimes as Bernadette, Marjorie and I visit groups this autumn. Please keep me in your prayers as I find my place in this ministry and be assured you are in mine.

Blessings, Anna 

Visitation Provincial Assembly

Visitation Provincial Assembly - Toronto, July 6-10, 2015


A beautiful bouquet of daisies from Winnie Odo graced the meeting room when the Assembly opened on Monday evening. Eighty sisters and nine associates attended the Assembly along with Congregational Leader, Sister Josephine Badali. The three associates who attended from Visitation East were Bernadette Fegan from Halifax, and the Co-Coordinators, Anna Rowley and Marjorie Allison-Ross. Sister Nancy Sylvester (Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) was the facilitator and guest speaker on the topic of Contemplation and Contemplative Prayer. She invited us into a reflection process on the Province Direction Statement:

The desire to deepen our understanding of Right Relationship has brought us to a new moment. Contemplating the Sacred Community of which we are a part, we recognize the interconnected-ness of all God’s creation. This new consciousness evokes in us a deep compassion for the brokenness within this Sacred Community and compels us to act justly on behalf of the most vulnerable. Personally and communally, we commit ourselves to fidelity within the circle of these relationships. (Visitation Province Chapter, 2013)

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Back-to-school backpacks

Blessed Sacrament province Associates (USA) assemble back-to-school backpacks for needy children in Providence, Rhode Island. 
Left to right: Associate Bonnie Cotter, Associate Candidate Judy Laffey and Associate Susan Connery.

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