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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Visit with Congregation Leadership Team

The Truro, NS associates on October 4th hosted the Congregation Leadership Team: Sisters Agnes (Cape Breton), Ercilia (Central America), Ona (USA), Danielle (Quebec) and Sophie (Cameroon) accompanied by Sister Catherine (Bedford).

Together we all listened and learned about one another as we were invited to share about ourselves. Sister Ona then shared a reflective visual history starting with Jesus, moving to Marguerite Bourgeoys’s journey, and photos of the first convents in areas of the world as the congrgation expanded internationally as well as photos of more recent ministries. This was followed by sharing our reflections, discussion and Q&A’s.

Our visit was a living experience of interculturality and a witness of the Charism of St. Marguerite being lived out today. As a group we felt very blessed and grateful to have Sisters Agnes, Ercilia, Ona, Danielle and Sophie with us enhancing our relationship as associates in the Congregation de Notre-Dame Community.

Alexa Smith, Halifax associate with the group gathered

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Peace & Justice News

Announcing TWO exciting invitations for our recent transition from Summer to Fall 2019. One, a local call to participate and celebrate, the other, a call to global work to affect the Sustainable Development goals. Both ventures invite us to continue to engage as pioneers in the Call of our Congregation de Notre-Dame Chapter Orientation: “How Then Shall We Live?”

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Associate News

150th Anniversary In Waterbury: On September 8, Cathy, an associate from Chicago, attended the 150th anniversary of five CND sisters coming to Waterbury, CT from Montreal. Cathy is a graduate from Waterbury Catholic High School and was asked to speak during the celebration dinner. Below is an adapted excerpt from Cathy’s speech talking about her gratefulness and joy in knowing the Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame and her mission as an associate to carry on their spirit.

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Waterbury 150th Anniversary

Recently the planning committee for the 150th anniversary celebration gathered one more time to celebrate the success of our Sept. 8th event. Over 400, mostly alum, came together at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury to express gratitude for the five Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters arrival in Waterbury 150 years to the day. Sr. Agnes Campbell, coming from Montreal, graced us with her presence and her thoughtful words. Bishop Leonard Blair was the celebrant and Monsignor Joseph Donnelly, a friend of the Congregation, was homilist. The palpable sense of joy, the sense of gratitude, and the power of singing with one voice added to the beauty of the Eucharist.

The spirit of joy and gratitude continued at Bella Vista as classmates were searched for. The excitement of once again meeting old classmates and teachers added to the very festive atmosphere. Friendships were renewed and strengthened, reflections on the liberating education received were voiced and sincere gratitude to teachers expressed numerous times. People left wanting more time together. Future reunions for all kinds of reasons were planned by many classes.

Deo Gratias for all that has been these past 150 years at Waterbury, CT. Marguerite Bourgeoys’ charism continues in Waterbury.

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Opioid Crisis

There is much news about the opioid crisis in this country, especially the lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and Purdue. However, Sister Beth Davies and several others launched that fight way back. The journalist Beth Macy published her book back in 2018, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Throughout her work, the author often refers to the work of Dr. VanZee and Sr. Beth Davies' struggle with the ever-growing menace of the opioid epidemic, especially in rural VA. Macy often mentions Beth's struggles in the coal mining scourge and then with the drug addiction. I highly recommend this book. All age groups need to be involved in the struggle to overcome this addiction. Thank you for letting others know about Macy's timely book.

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Vow Celebration: What A Day!

Nearly 2 months ago, on July 28th, I was surrounded by sisters from PEI, Nova Scotia, Ontario, New York, and Connecticut, as well as my very close family and friends, and internationally through the power of the internet and Facebook live, to profess my first vows. I only remember joy and celebration, and still I know a lot of people put a lot of time planning and preparing for the big day. I’m grateful to Sisters Becky, Maco, and Sue for the time they spent and their role in the ceremony, as well as to Sister Elaine and the melodious choir, to my former community members in White Plains, and to my two celebrants, one of whom has since passed from this world. The outpouring of support from sisters in the Visitation and Blessed Sacrament provinces through emails, cards, and hugs in person have been constant throughout my time in formation, and have been the backbone of support, helping me during so many times and showing me just how big Congregation de Notre-Dame can be. So many times I’ve wanted to submit something to the newsletters to say “thank you” – after my entrance to the novitiate, the completion of the canonical year, when I was on my apostolic missions, being at the border, and especially now, as a newly professed sister, I get to thank you all, and let you know how much your prayers and reaching out have meant to me. Thank you.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

On September 24, Sisters Agnes Campbell and Ona Bessette came to Innisfail for their Leadership Team visit. They shared with us their wonderful contemplative reflection. We had great sharing. The following evening, they joined us for our fall parish supper which was a fundraiser for our new church. On the evening of the 26th, we were happy to have the team meet with our associates. After enjoying a delicious meal, the members of the Leadership Team shared their special reflection. All were very inspired by their presentation which broadened our awareness of the whole Congregation de Notre-Dame. We were most grateful for Sisters Agnes and Ona's visit.

Sisters Marie Clarkin and Paula Maher

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Happy 100th Birthday Patricia Landry, CND

September 29th dawned beautiful and sunny in preparation for a special celebration of Sr. Patricia Landry’s 100th birthday. Her two brothers and many nieces and nephews gathered from near and far (Caraquet, New Brunswick, Quebec City, Saguenay and the Montreal area). Joining the family for the festivities were the Congregation de Notre-Dame sisters from Montreal and Mary of Peace Community. Sisters Danielle Dubois and Ercilia Erazo represented the General Council. Sister Rebecca McKenna brought greetings from Visitation Province Leadership and highlighted the gift of presence that Sister Patricia has been for the community and to the many people whom she has touched over the years in her various ministries of “visitation” as teacher, school administrator, local superior/leader and as provincial counsellor. “Sr. Patricia served in many places in the CND community in Charlottetown and Ottawa, but especially in Montreal where she served the longest and was loved the most.”

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Sisters and Associates Care for the Earth!

Sunday, September 29, 2019 our Charlottetown Diocesan Council of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada hosted our annual Fall Action – education Workshop. Our guest speaker was Luke Stocking of Toronto, Deputy Director of Public Engagement and the face of Development and Peace's leadership team for the Ontario and Atlantic regions. Luke's presentation was informative. It inspired me and blessed me with renewed energy to support the work of D&P. By the enthusiastic reaction of the seventy-five or eighty people present I believe they went home feeling as I did.

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Closing prayer to recite throughout the jubilee year:

Almighty and everlasting God, we give you thanks

for the gift of life, for Marguerite Bourgeoys’s vocation,

and for the spiritual heritage she bequeathed to us 400 years go.

We glorify your Name and we recognize your active presence

in the works of her daughters and sons throughout the world.

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400th and 50th in Cameroon

“My sister, my brother, my friend, the hand that takes from us tomorrow will make things grow without asking us our opinion.”

With these words from the song of the Saguenay, I invite you to live this official opening of our festivities. I feel that the opening of the year of the 400th anniversary  of the birth of Marguerite Bourgeoys and of the 50th anniversary of CND presence on African soil merits a special time of preparation.

On this occasion or at this time of preparation, we will ask the Lord, through the intercession of Marguerite Bourgeoys, for the grace of living this time of preparation in love, reconciliation and mercy and of finding a new  missionary fervour, like that of our  founding mother, in order to set the world ablaze  with the contagious fire of love and faith.

 

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A Journey Into Celtic Spirituality In Story and in Song

Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Deignan, CND

Theologian

Author

Composer

Singer

Where: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church 40 Cabot St., Sydney, NS.

When: Wednesday October 16th 2019 at 7:00pm

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Kathleen Deignan, CND in concert: Word and Song: Spirit of Marguerite Bougeoys

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish presents:

Kathleen Deignan, CND in concert: Word and Song: Spirit of Marguerite Bougeoys

Hosting Parish: Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, Upper Tantallon
 
Event Location: Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, Upper Tantallon
 
Event Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
 
Regions advertised in: Halifax/Central Region

Event Details:

7 pm, Friday, October 18, 2019

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church

18 Scholars Rd, Upper Tantallon

Free Admission

Coffee/tea and Sweets

Please join St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish and the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre Dame in celebrating the 400th year of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. All are welcome.

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With Open Arms and Open Heart… Marguerite Bourgeoys: A Woman of Love and Compassion

Prayer Service

October 2019

 

Introduction/Leader

“ Several years later, there came to Montreal about 17 of the King’s wards. I went to meet them at the shore, believing that we must open wide the doors of the Blessed Virgin’s house to all young women. “

Writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys, p. 178

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Education Session in Kingston

On Monday, September 23rd, over 60 sisters and associates of the three Congregations at Providence Mother House attended a presentation given by Beverly Musgrave, PhD. The topic was Aging - A Time of Transitioning, God coming to us Disguised as Our Life. During her talk, Beverly addressed experiences of loss as a natural part of life, and how different persons experience grief as a natural response to all kinds of loss. The experience of aging invites us to open the doors of transition and to enter into a new awareness of grace. For all of us Beverly was like a lamplighter leading us toward the dawn where God lifts the disguise and shows us what lies beyond the doors of transition. She presented each person’s life as a unique unfinished symphony and showed us how we can let God arrange the harmony so that we may live fully until we die. All who attended appreciated Beverly’s presentation and were grateful to the Visitation Province Wellness & Health Resource Team for having made it possible.

Eleanor Monahan, CND

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Maria Province Chapter

Provincial Leader 

Sr. Shizuko Endo

Associate to Province Leader 

Sr. Sachiko Date

Councillors 

Sr. Teiko Abe, Sr. Yoko Ikeda, Sr. Atsuko Nakamoto

Congratulations to the new Team!

Magnificat!

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CND & ROUTE 19

Come and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-2020).

Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters lived on Route 19 from 1884 – 2018. Sisters taught in Judique, Port Hood, Mabou and Inverness and welcomed many into their home at St. Joseph’s Renewal Centre in Mabou.

On October 8, 2019 come and welcome our guest speaker, Sr. Agnes Campbell, CND, back to the County.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

News From Cranbrook, BC: On Sunday, August 25, the Cranbrook associates, accompanied by Sr. Nina Glinski, renewed their Associate commitments in a prayerful celebration modeled on “A Celebration of Visitation,” by E. King. We have not had a CND in our midst for several years and we were pleased and blessed to have Sr. Nina with us. She played a significant role in Associate Relationship during her time in Cranbrook and her presence was appreciated at this time of our commitment renewal. We were also delighted to have Gerri Fletcher, a long-time Cranbrook associate back with us. Gerri and her husband Brian have spent the past 11 years as missionaries in both Peru and the Diocese of Mackenzie. Their experiences are summarized here...

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The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister

Sister Joan continues to share her fire with readers. This little book is about prophetic spirituality. Joan claims there are prophets walking among us, persons who show us ways to be mindful, compassionate and willing to speak up for minorities, for women, for children and underprivileged people. There are convinced and convincing persons who challenge us to “wake up, stand up and speak up” to do what is right. (“I think differently about that”… is a good start to a dialogue. It takes courage.)

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

With Gratitude

Dear friends, we are connected because four hundred years ago a child named Marguerite Bourgeoys came into the world. I have been blessed to be a Visitation Province coordinator for four years. In that time I have worked with wonderful coordinators, associates and sisters within our province and beyond. No matter where the road led I was always made welcome and lived many Visitation moments. Connected by our shared charism and mission our time together fed my fire and reinforced my belief that Associate Relation-ship is a gift to our world. You have supported me with prayer throughout these years: in illness, health, and the everyday unfolding of our lives. Thank you Marjorie for surprising me with a “Gratitude newsletter’; what a beautiful souvenir! To everyone who contributed, sent e-mails and cards - know your words touched me deeply. I ask for your prayers as I begin my new role within the Congregation. Holding you close to my heart and in my prayers.

In the spirit of Marguerite,

Anna Rowley

 

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