On vacation in Kribi, Cameroon, Sisters MENGUE Évangéline and Thelma Renaud on the beach preparing fish for their meal.
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Discussion on Climate, Environment and Creation

Please join us at the Congrégation Notre-Dame Mother House in Montreal, Quebec for a discussion on Climate, Environment and Creation on August 18, 2015.

Special guest Speaker : Laure Waridel, Ph.D author and co-founder of Equiterre.

Presentations will be made in French and simultaneous interpretation services will be provided.

RSVP : aniziblian@cnd-m.org

Doors opening at 16 :30 (vegan dinner will be served) 

Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame Mother House

2330 Sherbrooke West, Montreal

(corner Atwater - Atwater Metro)

In the Heart of the World with Sister Marie Azzarello

Over five weekly sessions, Sister Marie Azzarello will be our guide as we take time to ponder and integrate the ways that we can be on mission wherever we are.

For more informations see:  In the Heart of the World

 

Provincial Assembly 2015 - “How Then Shall We Live?”

The significance of this question, chosen as the theme, in relationship to this moment in history became abundantly clear under the capable guidance of our facilitator, Sister Nancy Sylvester, IHM.

Interconnected with this was our experience, on a personal and communal level of a shift in consciousness. The different stages of consciousness were outlined and we were invited to view our development through these stages as a spiral. The spiral image was used as it turns up and out transcending what went before and returning to a new trajectory, including parts of the earlier stages.

 

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Sister Beth Davies, CND, to receive Ketteler Award for Social Justice

At the Annual Assembly of the Sisters of Divine Providence, Beth Davies, CND, will be presented with the 2015 Ketteler Award for Social Justice.

We recognize Sister Beth for her advocacy and activism on behalf of the impoverished, addicted and exploited in Southwest Virginia — the heart of Appalachia. Serving a region in despair and advocating for the people who are too often forgotten, Sister Beth’s ministry reflects Bishop’s Ketteler’s energetic work for justice.

In 1998, the Sisters of Divine Providence instituted the Ketteler Award to honor individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice. The award, named for Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler, Bishop of Mainz, Germany, and founder of the Congregation, is presented annually.

Visitation Province Assembly - Friday - July 10, 2015

How can it be finished?  It isn’t!  We may have left the Courtyard Marriott Hotel but the assembly is not finished. 

Friday was a day of “Now what?” with silent stillness to begin and open mic time to share. Ann Broderick spoke in the name of the whole leadership team of their ongoing commitment to exercising their contemplative presence, even sharing with the group their experiences with facilitator Bríd Long.  

All the Sisters and Associates of Visitation Province will be receiving a compilation of reflections and personal commitments that were spoken in one voice at the end of mass – a true cacophony of energy flowing out into the not only the room but the universe.

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Visitation Province Assembly - Thursday - July 9, 2015

Beginning our mornings in a prolonged period of contemplation of the Holy One, within and all around us, has been and continues to be gift.  In that spirit we included in this morning’s prayer the election of delegates to the General Chapter from Visitation Province.  

Deepening the call of our directional statement:  Process was truly the operative word for the day’s work of making our statement come alive in the context of today’s reality.  

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Merci!

Hé oui c’est la fin! (this is the end!).

I cannot believe that I already spent five months in the Blessed Sacrament province. Time flies!

I want to thank all the sisters for their support and their generosity during my experience in this province.  I am conscious of all the effort that it took to make my staying among you the most enjoyable experience someone could have. It was perfect, tremendously perfect!!!

My experience in Blessed Sacrament province exceeded my expectations. From the beginning to the end, love, caring, and solidarity were the pillars of the two communities of St. Jean Baptiste residence.

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Nomination

Sr. Jo Badali has appointed Sr. Maco Cassetta as Formation Director for Visitation and Blessed Sacrament Provinces. We are grateful to Maco for accepting this position and we promise our prayerful support.

 

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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Visitation Province Assembly

And so it began…

Here is the communication team of 4 with facilitator Nancy Sylvester, IHM.

We will offer daily updates for those not in Toronto.

 
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Visitation Province News – Summer 2015

Respect for creation is a requirement of our faith:

The “GARDEN” in which we live

is not entrusted to us to be exploited,

but rather to be cultivated and

tended with respect.

Pope Francis

 

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VISITATION EAST - July 2015 - CND Associate Relationship Newsletter

Winnie’s Heartfelt Thanks to Associates

For most of us, the saying “time flies” is very familiar. As June 30th approaches this saying is all too familiar to me, I’m left to wonder how six years could go by so quickly.

These years have been a blessed gift that began one morning when Sister Maura McGrath phoned and asked me if I was still interested in the co-Coordinator position for Visitation East and of course, my answer was “yes”! I could hardly contain the joy that welled up in my heart as I phoned Sister Theresa Sampson to let her know that her prayers were answered and so a journey of “visitation” began with Sister Phyllis Gallant at my side, guiding me through the first five years. Looking back gives me many reasons to thank God, Mary and Saint Marguerite for accompanying us as we travelled to the hearts and homes of the sisters and associates of New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia who showed us so much love and warmth.

 

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Our Voices Wave

Sisters from the Blessed Sacrament (USA) Province joined the Our Voices Wave, urging our leaders to prevent  climate change, while attending a conference in Wilton, CT.

These are photos from our Our Voices Celebration,  on Sunday June 28th 2015.

 

  

  

  

Corporate Stance on Climate Change

On Friday, June 25, Sister Josephine Badali signed a letter sent to the Prime Minister of the Province of Quebec, Mr. Philippe Couillard. In this letter we express our concern for the environment and we “strongly call upon (…) the Heads of State, to make a firm, concerted and binding commitment against the threat of global warming and to counteract the catastrophic consequences. For our part, we commit to support the positive decisions you will make on this matter.”

The letter will be sent to a list of decision-makers presented by the social justice team of our provinces and regions.

 Read the letter sent to the Prime Minister of the Province of Quebec, Mr. Philippe Couillard.

Corporate Stance on Climate Change

On Friday, June 25, Sister Josephine Badali signed a letter sent to the Prime Minister of the Province of Quebec, Mr. Philippe Couillard. In this letter we express our concern for the environment and we “strongly call upon (…) the Heads of State, to make a firm, concerted and binding commitment against the threat of global warming and to counteract the catastrophic consequences. For our part, we commit to support the positive decisions you will make on this matter.”

The letter will be sent to a list of decision-makers presented by the social justice team of our provinces and regions.

 Read the letter sent to the Prime Minister of the Province of Quebec, Mr. Philippe Couillard.

News from Visitation Province

Welcome to the New cndvisitation.ca Website

When was the last time you visited our Visitation Province website (cndvisitation.ca)? Beginning this weekend, our website will have a new look because it is changing to a blog. For those of you who do not know much about the differences, you might not notice, however, you will see that it has a fresh look and is easier to navigate. You already might be familiar with the blog that Sr. Sheila Sullivan has and that Sr. Becky McKenna has for “The Small Plot.” The address for our updated Visitation website will remain the same, so you will not have trouble getting into it. Add it to your favorites or bookmarks, so that you can get in easily.

This site is a great way for your friends and other people outside the Congregation of Notre Dame to get to know the sisters and associates of Visitation Province and the global and local concerns that reflect our charism and commitment to justice. Anyone who visits the site will also be able to request prayers for a special intention. We need your help to keep our site current and meaningful. You can write up your own story and send pictures or have someone from the committee assist you with this. Committee Members are: Connie MacIsaac, Becky McKenna, June Wilkins, Karen Volpe, Congregation of Notre Dame associate, and Donna Kelly.

Donna Kelly, CND 

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Associate Newsletter: Visitation Province West/North, June 2015

VISITATION PROVINCE ASSEMBLY July 6- 10

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.