Magnificat! On Saturday, August 16, in Yaoundé, we celebrated with Simo Fosto Estelle, Mblama Rosine and Daidouwe Jeannette as they made their first vows in the Congregation of Notre Dame. The ceremony was held under the theme "Vivre enracinées dans l'Amour du Seigneur" - Rooted in God's Love.
All along the Saint Lawrence River, that remarkable gateway to North America, there are tributes to the builders and outstanding figures who have left their mark on the country. Just across from Île d’Orléans, at the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, the paintings in the Immaculée Conception Chapel, situated in the basilica’s basement, constitute an inspiring history lesson. Here, Marguerite Bourgeoys has just been attributed a place, a place of choice... [more]
WATERBURY CATHOLIC HIGH: This past weekend, a 50 year Graduate of Waterbury Catholic High came to Quonnie to invite any CND's who went to OR taught at Waterbury Catholic High from 1960-64 to attend their Reunion. It is on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014: Mass @ 11:15 in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, with a Luncheon immediately after at the Watertown Golf Club - 246 Guernseytown Road, Watertown.
Yes, dreams do come true! Sisters from PEI who knew Sister Antoinette Desroches knew the dream that motivated and inspired her. We admired her tenacity for her project, while smiling that she had begun her “museum” by preserving artifacts under her bed until her dream could be realized. On Sunday, January 26, on the very same date and hour of the original meeting to launch the project held in 1964, Island Acadians and others gathered at the museum to recognize its contribution to the Acadian community during the past fifty years.
The “Pray and Play” day at Quonnie on Sunday, August 10 was wonderful, especially for the twelve young women from Ann Marie Strileckis’s parish in Hartford. These “girls” (across a broad range of ages) were from families originally from Burma: they represented the KAREN culture, spoke in many dialects, had spent extended periods of time in Thai Refugee camps, were attentive, and are quite beautiful.
Summer is for children. It is their free time. They don’t have to get up while it is still dark to wait for school buses, dressed in school clothes and carrying those heavy backpacks filled with homework - done or not. It is their time to wear the universal uniform of summer – shorts and tee-shirts. Summer leagues of baseball are in session and there are the days in the park or at the seashore, whiling away hours building sand castles or riding waves.
On 30 July 2014 the United Nations will mark the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The day is aimed at raising awareness around this global issue and to highlight the plight of the millions of women, men and children who are victims of trafficking from all corners of the world, as well as at encouraging people to take action against this crime.
What: Peggy, Mary Ann Rossi, and Ann Marie Strileckis are arranging a “pray and play” day for young women from 18-35. The day will begin with prayer, include lunch, provide beach time, and end with prayer. (Sunday Mass is not in the plan.)
Who: From your parish, neighborhood, ministry, family…….extend an invitation to a young woman whom you have begun to build a relationship with. Naturally, you are invited too, but it’s not required that you accompany those you invite.
Five Sisters from the U.S. are off to Montreal this week for a week of international Vocation-Formation meetings. Sisters Peggy Doyle, Mary Ann Rossi, Regina DeVitto, Darleen Mayo and Deanna Sabetta will gather with Congregation fo Notre Dame Sisters from around the world. We will be reviewing/updating the Congregation’s Vocation-Formation Directory (policy book), learning how to use more effectively social-media technology, and deliberating on the concerns/issues of Vocation-Formation ministry throughout the Congregation. Keep us in your prayer.
Luke’s Gospel tells us Mary of Magdala, Susanna, Joanna, and other Galilean women, travelled with Jesus and the early disciples; they supported his mission from their own financial resources. John’s gospel tells us Mary came to the empty tomb and was sent by Jesus to announce the Resurrection news to the others, who “came racing to the tomb.” (John 20:17-18).
The response by the Obama Administration and members of Congress to the influx of migrant children at the US-Mexico border becomes more worrisome by the day. The latest move is to propose changes to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008, to speed up deportations of these children.
Members of the Bursary Committee met in Summerside in May to review all applications that were received. Of the one hundred and sixty-six applications received, one hundred and fifty-four were accepted. Thanks to our Sisters and Associates who helped in the distribution of the application forms. Many hands made light work! All successful applicants have been notified.
Sisters Ann Broderick and Nina Glinski were among the 300 women and men religious at the 2014 General Assembly of the Canadian Religious Conference which was held May 29 - June 1. The theme was “Beyond Frontiers a call to transformation.”
The guest speaker, Anthony Gittins, CSSP theologian, professor, and author of fifteen books, led a two-day workshop on his vision of Intercultural living.
Discernment The LCWR Summer 2014 issue of Occasional Papers is dedicated to an exploration of discernment through many lenses, including what it means to discern in light of new understandings of the universe.
We received a request for two statues of St. Marguerite. One for the outside and another for the inside, for the new formed parish of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Sydney, NS. A beautiful statue of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys sits above the main entrance of the CND Health Care Centre in Sydney. This entrance is not being used as anticipated, as the main door to the MacGillivary Health Care Centre is more accessible. We have offered this statue to the parish and they are more than pleased to receive it.
The gathering of all the members of the General Conference (June 3-13 in Montreal) had a very special significance this June in light of the experience of the captivity and release of Sister Gilberte and Fathers Marta and Allegri. Our prayers and deepest hopes, in solidarity with so many others from around the world, had been answered beyond our imagining. The spirit of joy, and gratitude permeated the air of the conference and surrounded our time together.
We are called … If our planet appears increasingly as a large, richly diverse open book; it remains no less fragile and divided. We are called to act there where the drama of exclusion, exploitation and misery is lived. While questioning attitudes that are arrogant, contemptuous and unjust, we are called to contribute to more harmonious relations between individuals and peoples, towards a peace that respects the large human family and that will endure. We are invited to act close to home in our local milieu as well as beyond our borders. We are also invited to work in partnership with others in a spirit of non-competitiveness and openness. The Policy for Donations, adopted by the General Conference in 2005, helps light the way as the Congregation answers these calls. (Policy for Donations, 2005‐2010, Congregation of Notre Dame, p. 2)
This newly formed group of 6 volunteers from across Visitation Province connected for the first time by way of a conference call on May 26th. This group originated as a response to feedback and suggestions received at our last Province Chapter.