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Movie Recommendation: "The Big Sick"

"The Big Sick" is a recent romantic comedy based on the true story of the 2007 courtship of an interracial couple. Kumail, a stand-up comedian, is originally from Pakistan and Emily, a therapist, is from North Carolina. There are serious moments as they deal with parental issues and Emily's life-threatening illness. It's available on ppv etc. 

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Women of Excellence Awards

The Progress Women of Excellence Awards takes place each November. Hosted by the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis, it honours 7 inspirational women who play an important role in our community. Women at the pinnacle of their professions are recognized in the following categories: Arts and Culture, Communications/Public Affairs, Education and Research, Entrepreneur/Innovator, Health Sport and Wellness, Management and the Professions and Young Women of Distinction.

This year, Progress Women of Excellence is honouring Libby Osgood, recognizing her as a passionate educator and innovative researcher.

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Building a Bridge, by Father James Martin, sj

What a timely little book to introduce into our current society, our sometimes divisive parishes, groups, families, even! Father Martin leads us, through biblical passages and reflective questions, to learn and re-learn sensitivity, respect and compassion in relationships. (Sample: Ps. 139, Question 1: “Think about what it means for you to “be wonderfully made.” Can you praise God, as the Psalmist does? What would your praise look like? The author is speaking to Catholic leaders, to members of the LGBT community and to all of us who claim discipleship with Jesus. 

Building a Bridge, by Father James Martin, sj (HarperCollins, NY: 2017, 144 pages)

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Development and Peace Workshop, Fredericton, NB

Photo: Mary Hanson, Gail McKibbon, Donna LeBlanc, Clarence McKibbon 

On Saturday, October 14th, a diocesan Development and Peace Workshop, organized by Donna LeBlanc, was held at the Msgr Boyd Center in Fredericton, NB. We began with a Gathering Prayer in which all members participated. A student representative form St. Thomas University spoke of his involvement in D & P and his desire to invite other youth to join in. Certificates of Honor were awarded to members who were actively involved for many years and were a great influence on others. Among those recognized were Sister Charlotte Lockhart, Gail and Clarence McKibbon, Miramichi, NB. (Gail is a CND Associate)

Mary Hanson, Sr. Charlotte Lockhart, Donna LeBlanc 

Danny Gillis, coordinator in publishing “Jubilee: 50 Years of Solidarity,” gave an interesting and informative overview of D & P. He outlined three important aspects, Movement, Partnership and Advocacy and explained the many campaigns carried out over 50 years. Nicholas B Kelgora gave a presentation on the current campaign: Women at the Heart of Peace. “Honor women who build peace in their communities throughout the world. Give hope to victims of all kinds of conflicts.”

St. Dunstan’s Parish generously provided our noon meal. The entire day was a rich experience. 

A Guided Retreat offered at Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre

A Guided Retreat is being offered at Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre

67 Reid Road, RR#1, Stanley Bridge, PE

Jointly sponsored by CNDs and CSMs

Director: Maureen Wild, sc

Theme: Nurturing Christ-Presence with God's Good Earth and Cosmos

Date: June 19-26, 2018

Sister Maureen, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax, is originally from the Northern Alberta. An educator, speaker and retreat guide, her primary focus is on themes of Spiritual Ecology.

The celebration began with a lovely service of praise and thanks for the many blessings granted to them during these fifty years of commitment. A sharing of the many ways they touched and enriched our lives over these years was also expressed.

Please register with Sister Joan Marie Chaisson, CND

email: jmchaisson@cnd-m.org

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Celebrating Three Golden Jubilarians

On Wednesday, September 20th, Sisters Nina Glinski, Eileen Roach and Mary Corbett joined the Sisters of Holy Redeemer Convent for a celebration in honour of their Golden Jubilee. Nina, Eileen and Mary entered the CND in 1965, the year the English Novitiate opened in Ottawa. Although they were joined by the senior Novices from the Motherhouse in Montreal, they were the first Novices to complete their full two year Novitiate in Ottawa.

This was followed by wine and cheese, picture-taking, and a presentation of cards and flowers, then to the dining room to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Coleen, our cook--and to top it off--a Jubilee cake! A joyful spirit prevailed throughout the afternoon. 

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News from the Noviciate

Now into my second month of the novitiate, there have been many blogs formed on reflective walks, preserved in my journal and filed away in my heart. The need to publish the thoughts online has diminished, giving me the comfort of a strengthened relationship with God. Sometimes I find myself smiling, realizing we are inwardly sharing an inside joke only we understand, together squashing my extrovert tendency to immediately blurt it out loud, as my inner introvert develops. 

During this last month, I had a great amount of interest about my vocation on a local radio morning show, national newspaper article, national tv morning show, and international Facebook video. It was neat to get to publically answer questions about a topic I thought was originally too taboo to tell my friends and coworkers about (and to live near a studio to see how it all works!!). I have turned down a few opportunities since, in order to focus on the novitiate and discernment, but I was thrilled to share my story with people who were so intrigued by it. 

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Miraculous Healing Attributed to Marguerite Bourgeoys

Kathy Chadwick has been a CND Associate for eighteen years. In that time her love for and devotion to St. Marguerite has grown steadily. Last spring, Kathy awoke one morning seeing double. She quickly saw a doctor whose diagnosis was that Kathy had suffered an ocular stroke in her sleep. There was no treatment for the condition. It might be permanent, it might not. After two months, Kathy, ordinarily a voracious reader who had been unable to read because of the double vision, decided to make a novena to St. Marguerite praying for a cure.  After Kathy had prayed the novena on the ninth day her vision returned to normal and has been so ever since. Thank you, St. Marguerite!

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Sister Kathleen Deignan, Honored by Iona College

The Office of Mission and Ministry at Iona College honoured Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND, for her exemplary commitment to faith, justice and service on the Friday, October 13, 2017 Homecoming Reception at Thomas J. Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall.

 

 

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Prayer in Solidarity With Our Sisters and Brothers in Cameroon

If you in your hearts had only understood on this day the message of Peace!  Lk. 19- 42)

Introduction:  Background  from Church community and International Community

Since Friday September 22, 2017, and particularly from midnight on Friday 29 to midnight on Monday Oct. 2nd, the people of the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon, which are coterminous with Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda, have gone through a very challenging and crucial period.  Although the danger is not yet over, we, the Bishops of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference (BAPEC), consider it our bounded and God-given duty to make this declaration … to share with our brothers and sisters and people of good will what we have gone through up till now and possibly to contribute to the prevention of worse that may still come if our voice, which is that of the voiceless and similar other well-intentioned voices are not heeded by the competent authorities.

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Pain Potage, A Tribute to Marguerite Bourgeoys

The Congregation Leadership Team with guests from Carrefour Marguerite-Bourgeoys

To celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary, Carrefour Marguerite-Bourgeoys organized a meal of bread and soup in honor of Marguerite Bourgeoys. This event took place at the mother house of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame on Wednesday, October 11.

In the presence of the Carrefour’s Board of Directors, the Congregation Leader and General Council, the representatives of Marguerite-Bourgeoys Province, and Archbishop Lépine of Montreal, Ms. Mylène Archambault, Director of the Carrefour, welcomed everyone. She then introduced one of the organization’s founders, Sister Lise Perras, who recalled the group’s beginnings. 

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Movie: Victoria and Abdul

The film is teasingly introduced as “based on facts – mostly.” This may take history buffs off guard, but seeing Judi Dench’s portrayal of the aging Queen Victoria is such a treat one tends to be caught up in the story anyway. Judi has a couple of scenes in particular that are powerful reflections of a lonely monarch, and scenes that show her delight in learning of faraway places and new things. Her performance is superb. Also, the actor who plays her wayward son and heir, Bertie (later Edward VII), gives a realistic performance that fits the historical records about him! Viewers will enjoy the humor in the tale, as well as feel the power of the unlikely relationship between Victoria and the handsome young man whom she calls her “munshi” (i.e. teacher). 

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Making St. Marguerite known

My brother, home for Thanksgiving, is a volunteer at two veterans' hospitals in Toronto. He says many of those men pray to a woman whose name is St Marguerite and he asked me if I knew anything about her. So the whole family at Thanksgiving got a mini version of her story. I then sent to those men the prayer card for the sick (revised in 2012). Here, at Andrews, 35 Marguerite Bourgeoys charm bracelets have been purchased (cost $10) to give to relatives and friends. There are 20 charms on the bracelet, each of which depicts an aspect of Marguerite's life. The bracelets come with a typed account of her life story. All proceeds go to our communities in Central America. These bracelets could be a welcome teacher-aid for catechists who wish to share the story of Marguerite with their students. 

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St. Gertrude’s parish in Woodstock, NB, celebrates 175th Anniversary

After a busy year of preparation and planning, St. Gertrude’s parish in Woodstock celebrated their 175th Anniversary on Sunday, October 8. I was invited to represent the Congrégation de Notre-Dame Sisters; our presence in Woodstock goes back to 1983. The people there have stories and happy memories of all who served there. A lengthy slideshow during the meal brought back faces familiar to us. Sister Therese Arsenault, who was there from the beginning, (Sister T., she was called) was given honourable mention in many conversations. Congratulatory letters were read from Sisters Esther Clarkin and Ann Marie McDougall, two of the most recent ministry persons; both were unable to be present. The Congrégation de Notre-Dame Associates continue their active involvement since we have moved from the parish. It was a treat to be included in the celebration events with Bishop Harris, former pastors, past-and-present parishioners, friends and guests. 

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Transfer of Visitation Province Responsibilities

On Tuesday, October 10th the former and new administration team members met for the transfer of Province responsibilities.

The opening prayer of our gathering inspired us with the following words:

Giver of the dream, this I ask:

for courage to take the paths the feet of my soul have always known;

for vision to see the wonders the eyes of my longing would never forget;

for stillness to hear the song the ear of my spirit will ever remember;

for daring to taste the delights the tongue of my heart forever recalls;

for wisdom to touch the depths the hands of my desire could never erase.

In the ritual of blessing, former team members symbolically blessed members of the new team and offered a bracelet of beads representing the various gifts of leadership: Wisdom; Compassion; Courage; Balance; Commitment; Vulnerability and Vision.

May the spirit abide deeply in all of us as we continue to journey forth. 

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New Leader of the International Community of the Mother House!

On Wednesday, October 11, during morning collation, Sister Ercilia Janeth Ferrera Erazo introduced the Mother house sisters and staff to the new local community leader: Sister Jeanne Bonneau. 

Sister Jeanne is very familiar with the community, as she has been part of it for many years. To the sustained applause of everyone present, she stated that she was very happy to be called to continue the Mother house’s mission of hospitality, which, she stressed, would be carried out with everyone’s cooperation!

Congratulations Sister Jeanne and thank you for your service!

 

 

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Please pray for the people of Cameroon

Sister Catherine Molloy, CND, asks:  Please pray for the people of Cameroon as an on-going crisis escalates, and fear and tensions mount. A boycott of schools by parents in the English-speaking region continues, as do weekly Ghost town days. With an increase in acts of violence, a state of emergency has been declared in the region that includes Kumbo. News media report that additional military personnel are being deployed to the area as many Cameroonians at home and in the Diaspora (Europe, Africa and North America) move toward declaring the independence of Southern Cameroon on October 1st.

Photo credit: Marie-Claire Dugas

 

 

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Sister Kathleen Deignan Honored at Iona Homecoming Reception, October 13, 2017

The Office of Mission and Ministry at Iona College is honoring Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND, and two others for their exemplary commitment to faith, justice and service at their Friday, October 13, 2017 Homecoming Reception from 7-9 pm at Thomas J. Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall.

Please see invitation for further details.

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Congratulations, Norma and Anne!

Recently, Holy Trinity Parish, Trail, BC, hosted the Diocesan Development & Peace Fall workshop. Sister Norma Gallant organized the event along with generous support of many parishioners. The Fall workshop’s main objective is to oversee the education component of the annual Fall campaign. After a successful weekend, the participants attended Mass to mark the 50th Anniversary of D&P where a second highlight took place. Unbeknown to Norma and Associate Anne Pisacreta – they were both acknowledged and honoured for their generous dedication and commitment to the goals and accomplishments of D&P over the span of many years. The activities of the weekend and the tributes offered brought much joy into our Eucharistic celebration.

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Conversations of the Heart

On Sunday, September 24, we began our "Conversations of the Heart" monthly gatherings. Our opening prayer was "Celebrating Creation" in the spirit of the Month of Prayer for the Care of the Earth from September 1 – October 4 introduced by Pope Francis.

Following our time of contemplative prayer, we reflected and shared on our experience of Chapter in July. Many commented on the sense of peace, joy, and deep listening that pervaded our gathering, as well as on our discernment for leadership. It was felt that the process of preparation initiated by the Chapter Planning Committee enabled us to enter fully into our table conversations. 

 

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