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Claudia Margarita Juárez Juárez perpetual profession

Samedi, le 13 octobre 2018

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Celebration of Internationality 2018

Although we live in different places and environments, we are connected by our faith in Jesus Christ and by the spirituality of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

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Plastic Pollution

Last June, at the G7 in Halifax, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the Ocean Plastics Charter, a commitment to move towards an international sustainable management of plastics. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, said “Our commitment is to collect, reuse or recycle, at least 75 per cent of all our plastic waste by 2030.”  And “We are going to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastics throughout government operations. So, this includes straws, cutlery, packaging, cups, bottles but it also includes using our purchasing power to ensure that  we lead change and we drive sustainable plastics innovation,” she said. “It takes about five seconds to make a plastic bag. We use them for about five minutes. [Then] they last in our environment, in our oceans, for five centuries.  Let’s try to find alternatives to single-use plastics in our lives. 

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Invitation To The 150th Anniversary

A warm welcome one and all to join us on Nov. 3rd and 4th to celebrate the foundation of our CND community in Summerside. In a spirit of gratitude to our Summerside benefactors, who throughout the years supported us generously and lovingly, we have organized a variety show to be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3rd for the benefit of St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Food Bank. A mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday, Nov. 4th at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner at the Convent. 

An Open House will be held in the afternoon between 2 and 4 o’clock.

Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre - Summerside

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

St. FX University Sports Hall of Fame Awards

I was happy to be able to go to Antigonish to attend Jane (Hanley) MacGillivray’s induction into the St. FX University Sports Hall of Fame as a "Builder" as she is credited with "building" the women's intercollegiate athletic programs at X. Most of us know that the foundation was laid when she was hired to coach basketball and volleyball and to teach Physical Education in Gilmora Gym and classrooms at what was then "Mount St. Bernard College."

The citation read at her induction by Dr. Peggy Gallant stressed the important role Jane also played in ensuring that the women's programs were deemed "worthy" of being part of the intercollegiate scene. I was pleased that the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame were mentioned and it was stated that a member of the Congregation was present and I was named; not that I wanted that! Even if it took 50 years, it was a credit to former team members and other interested X people that this finally happened.

Anne T. Gillis, CND

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Children's Community School 50 years and growing strong!

The Children Community School in Waterbury is celebrating a 50th anniversary in 2019!

Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame rejoice with students, teachers and staff as they have been involved with the school early on...

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Chofu Convent stained glass windows transferred to Tsukuba Church

The Chofu Convent is now being reconstructed and some of our stained glass windows have been transferred to Tsukuba Church where three CNDs belong. Thus two chapels are united. We affirm that we are certainly the daughters of the Church.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Summer’s End at Louisbourg

On September 19, 2018 the staff at Fortress Louisbourg hosted our volunteer review. The stories told, comments made, suggestions and questions were animated and filled with the excitement of the summer and the hopes for next summer. Troy Allen, Product Development Officer, thanked us sincerely for bringing the past into the present; he said that it was such an asset having the congregation of the 18th century present today at the Fortress.

The volunteers talked about being energized by the history, the wonderful response of the visitors, the curiosity of the children, the welcoming staff and their own personal growth and learning over the summer.

Following a pizza lunch we drove out of the Fortress past the majestic ocean with waves delighting in the final winds of Hurricane Florence as she brushed against our shores.

Connie MacIsaac, CND with all volunteers

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Updating and Renewing Ministry of Prayer and Presence

“Blessing” is a way of life, a lens through which the whole world is transformed. A blessing promotes protection, healing and creativity in a world sorely in need of wholeness. (John O’Donohue)

Our senior sisters participate in this way of blessing, bringing the needs of the world and all its peoples into the compassion of their hearts. With their unique abilities and the gift of time they are able to bless the lives of others, especially those on the peripheries.

As sisters update and renew their ministry of prayer and presence we acknowledge the way in which they bring the needs of the whole world to God. This expression of mission is a blessing for us all.

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Child abuse of any kind is unmitigated evil

Child abuse of any kind – physical, sexual, emotional – is unmitigated evil, criminal and mortally sinful. Anyone who knows about it and does nothing is as responsible as the perpetrators.  Until we understand the horrendous nature of child abuse and respond in a morally responsible way, we, as a society, are shirking our duty to protect our children.

Most abuse of children happens in private. The perpetrator usually threatens to harm the child or his family if he or she tells anyone about it. Perpetrators also insidiously convince the children it is their own fault that they are being abused, telling them that they like it or deserve it.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

150th Anniversary of CNDs in Waterbury: Just as five Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters came from Montreal on September 8,1869, this time four CND Sisters – Ona Bessette (Waterbury Catholic HS 1973), Ercilia Ferrera Erazo (Honduras), Sophie Christine Mbougoum (Cameroon) and Jeanne Bonneau – made that same journey to be with us on September 8, 2018 for the inauguration of a year of celebration. What joyous Visitations ensued! We were so very happy that so many CND Sisters journeyed to Waterbury to participate in our CND liturgy and Meet & Greet afterwards.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Kingston Sisters Experience Internationality: This summer, the newer members of the Congregation de Notre-Dame (CND) from Central America, Cameroon, Japan and North America came to Canada for the opportunity to learn and foster intercultural relationships among themselves and to be in touch with the roots of the CND Community. They, and the sisters accompanying them, were at Providence Motherhouse on July 10. It was a first time ever for the CND Sisters of Kingston.

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News from our Associates in Eastern Canada

St Joseph Convent and Renewal Centre Open House

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

On Sunday, August 5, Visitation Province Leadership Team and CND Sisters invited people to an Open House to say good-bye to the building and mission of the Congregation de Notre Dame Sisters in Mabou, Cape Breton. The Sisters arrived in 1887 and are now closing their mission in October 2018, 131 years later. So many people have been impacted by their presence in this wonderful part of the world. The Sisters ministered to the people of Mabou and surrounding communities through teaching, hospitality, friendship, facilitating retreats and supporting the people in their faith.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Focus on Chapter Orientations: JPIC is getting ready for a new work year and we are looking forward to bringing alive our commitment to Care for Our Common Home and to continue our reflections and actions about Going to the Peripheries. We are planning a specific focus on water, climate justice and Indigenous Peoples. Bineta Ba, CND Social Justice Network Coordinator, inspires us by her example when she facilitated a creative session on water justice and the OK Water Project at the World Social Forum in Brazil last March. She collaborated with the organization ROJEP and the Oblates Franciscaines de Saint-Joseph, and was accompanied to Brazil by General Council member Sr. Ercilia Ferrera. In her proposal for the workshop Bineta wrote that she was 'inspired by the dance piece on climate change presented by the CND at the Word Social Forum 2016 in Montreal'. That project was initiated by Visitation Province and involved partnership with the CRC and Development and Peace with much help from KAIROS. JPIC looks forward to similar collaborative efforts in the coming months.

Monica Lambton, JPIC coordinator

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Coordinators’ Corner

"Awaken your spirit to adventure

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk

Soon you will be home in a new rhythm

For your soul senses the world that awaits you."

John O’Donohue


Welcome, September – a time for new beginnings!

Much has happened since our First Associate Assembly and our last edition of Coordinators' Corner.

• Central Committee Meeting in Montreal in August

• Coordinators' Meeting last week also in Montreal

• Many retreats and gatherings across Visitation Province.

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Response to the Church Crisis

Our hearts are torn once again at the recent news of clergy abuse of the vulnerable and leaders' failure to respond appropriately. We strongly endorse the LCWR statement and join our prayer and resolve to theirs that our church be more fully a place of healing and nurturing for all.

We thank the Sisters and Associates who have worked to ensure that the vulnerable are protected and healed, as well as those who have come forward to report instances of abuse. We urge others who have experienced abuse to speak of this, and we promise them our prayer and support.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

From Our Leadership Team

Celebrating the feast of the Assumption during our August 14-15 meeting invited us to pray: “You have changed my life . . . and spread before me your vision of fragile simplicity.”[1] We felt the presence of Mary, our sister and mother, as well as all our sisters who have gone before us.

In other matters,

  • The President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization has invited Sr. Joan Curtin to give a Breakout Session at the II International Congress on Catechesis in Rome September 20-23. Congratulations, Joan!
  • Sr. Mary Anne Foley will replace Sr. Carmel Caputo on the Board of the Hartford-based Collaborative Center for Justice.
 

[1] from A Magnificat of Waiting by Ann Johnson in Miryam of Nazareth - Woman of Strength and Wisdom

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Open House in Mabou

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. (Dr. Seuss)

On Sunday afternoon, August 5, 2018, St. Joseph Convent and Renewal Centre opened its doors one last time to the many people who came to say good-bye to their beloved “house on the hill.”

Day of celebration at St. Joseph Convent

 

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Vocation News

Our new Vocation Committee, Sisters Margarita Castaneda, Eileen Dorney, Kathleen Dorney, Peggy Doyle, Eileen Good and Ann Marie Strileckis met and jelled quite well! Since we agreed wholeheartedly with #54 of the CND Formation directory, "While some sisters may receive a specific mandate for vocation ministry from provincial or regional leadership, responsibility for awakening and supporting vocations is shared by every sister and every community of the Congregation of Notre Dame. The first task of this ministry is to help the people develop an appreciation of her Baptismal call and of the variety of ways in which this call may be lived in the Church."

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Peace & Justice News

Kathryn Smith Pyle, a Sundance Institute Fellow and documentary film maker, has produced "Apple Forecast," a short documentary film in support of comprehensive immigration reform. These last few weeks have been filled with terrible reports of separation of families at our southern border. Several activist groups have called for a fast from June 24th to July 18th to protest these policies. These 24 days symbolize the approximately 2,400 migrant children that have been separated from their parents. I invite you to join in the fast as you are able on July 17th. You can sign up to fast at Break Bread Not Families, one of the organizations coordinating the fast. Perhaps we could include the following petition in our prayer that day.

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