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Celebrating…

As part of a Narrative Program in the city, Sister Charlotte Lockhart’s friends organized an event on Saturday, June 2nd. A video presentation of Charlotte’s life story was prepared and shown at our church, with many well-wishers on hand. The Narrative Program is a project that gathers family members and friends in celebration of seniors and recognition of their presence and their achievements among us.  

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Ottawa Visitation Gathering

Photo: Sr. Eleanor, Sr. Charlotte, Sr. Karen; Merla Spires, associate; and Marjorie Allison-Ross, associate coordinator

On June 3rd sisters and associates gathered for prayer, sharing reflections, and renewal of vows by the sisters followed by good conversation and a meal. Sister Clara Nasello and Associate Bambina Lemme facilitated the afternoon. We had a special thank you for Sister Louise Dunn for all the work she's done in being able to gather at Serenity Renewal for Families over the years. 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Fort Louisbourg Welcomes Congregation de Notre-Dame Volunteers on Canada Day:  On Friday, June 8th the staff at Fort Louisbourg warmly and energetically welcomed the CND volunteers. They introduced us to the staff on duty and gave a general orientation to the premises. During our walk we met some people who had already begun their summer employment and were in period costume of the persons they represented.  

The day was sunny, windy but not cold. We met a teacher from PEI who had his students do an overnight stay at the fortress (teacher was Joan Marie Chaisson’s nephew). Louisbourg provides 18th century tenting experience or you can sleep inside one of the building.

The volunteers will begin on July 1st as this is the beginning of their peak season.

Connie MacIsaac, CND

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Alberta Associates Feast of the Visitation Celebrations

On May 30TH, in Innisfail, Alberta, CND Sisters Marie Clarkin, Paula Maher and associates gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Visitation. We prayed, shared deeply our lived experiences in addition to the associates renewed their commitment and the sisters their vows. This was followed by conversation, laughter and good treats. The evening ended with the sharing of a token gift to Millie and Earl Hoffos who so graciously hosted our associate meetings for the past number of years. 

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Fredericton Associates

Friday, June 1st, CND associates in Fredericton met at the home of Carole Dilworth. We shared the beautiful reflective prayer prepared for us this year by Blessed Sacrament Province; then enjoyed a feast day meal and lively conversation. 

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A Litany of Saints

In 1985 Fr. Mary Jenco, a Servite priest, was taken hostage in Beirut and held for 19 months, suffering gravely at the hands of a Shiite group. After his return, he traveled around the country speaking of his experiences and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ’s forgiveness of enemies.

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Feast of the Visitation/Jubilee Celebration

On the feast of the Visitation, the PEI Sisters gathered at Andrews of Charlottetown to celebrate our Feast Day and greet our Jubilarians. At the Eucharistic celebration, we renewed our vows in English and French. We enjoyed a delicious lobster dinner with all of the residents at Andrews. Then we gathered in the Community Room to celebrate a Jubilee of Grace (Sister Thérèse Arsenault) and five Diamond Jubilees (Sisters Bernadette Gallant, Réjeanne Bourque, Katherine T. MacDonald, Hermine Bernard and Noreen Hickey). This represents 370 years of consecrated life! Magnificat! On June 10th, the Jubilarians will celebrate with their families. 

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Post-Chapter Gathering

On Saturday May 5th the sisters and associates in the Innisfail area gathered to hear the message from the Provincial Chapter by Sister Becky McKenna and Sister Catherine Walker of the leadership team. It was an inspirational time of prayer, contemplation, and sharing, certainly gift to all of us who were able to attend. Special thanks to both Sister Becky and Sister Catherine.

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Prayer Requests

Dominus Vobiscum Centre for Marriage and Family Retreat in Montreal is having a retreat for single mothers on the weekend of June 24th, the feast of St. Jean Baptist. Single mothers are being brought together to share in fellowship and support within a Catholic context. These moms struggle in isolation to face the challenges of faith, work, and raising a family in a world, both secular and religious, that offers little in the way of spiritual or community support. We are asking sisters and associates to pray that the retreat will be fruitful for these women and those who will journey with them.

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Jubilate Deo... in Laetitia

Jubilate Deo… in Laetitia. These words echo indeed the joyful celebration of Visitation and Jubilees in Kingston on May 31st. The celebration honoured five jubilarians: Sisters Mary Meagher, 75 years, Madelyn Brennan, 70 years, Margaret Walsh, Patricia Arsenault, and Rosemary Shannon, 60 years. During a special Eucharist for the CNDs, the sisters renewed their vows and Father Mac Burke reminded us that these anniversaries added up to 325 years of consecration in religious life and service to the people of God. Following the Mass, each jubilarian was presented with a beautiful rose and a colourful baluchon containing messages from each of the Kingston CNDs expressing her personal appreciation for the special gifts that each jubilarian has brought to the Congregation. Following the celebration, the sisters in the city from all the congregations gathered in the dining room for a delicious, festive dinner of roast beef and all the trimmings. 

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Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, to attend International Ecological Symposium

Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, will be in Greece from June 5-10 to participate in the international ecological symposium "Toward a Greener Attica, Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People".

This international ecological symposium organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate will convene theologians and scientists, political and business leaders, as well as activists and journalists from all over the world. Participants will explore the pressing environmental problems of the region and its islands, examining the connections between ecology and economy, particularly in the context of pressing social and environmental challenges of our time.

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Visitation Province Associates Assembly

The first Visitation Province Assembly was held on Pentecost weekend, May 18-21 at the Mother House in Montreal with 48 Associates and 14 Sisters attending. Some Associates arrived early to participate in a Walking Tour, “In the Footsteps of Marguerite Bourgeoys”, visit Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum on May 17 that was organized by Sr. Maura McGrath. Our Tour Guides were CND Sisters Patricia Simpson, Joyce Roberts and Sheila Sullivan. It was a wonderful experience to be in the areas of Ville Marie where Marguerite walked over 318 years ago. She died in 1700.

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Narrative Story of Sr Charlotte Lockhart, CND

Sr. Charlotte’s life story was told in words and pictures on June 2 at the 4 pm Mass at St Anthony’s Church in Fredericton. Family and friends were invited to be part of this special occasion. Her Life Story was the Homily and what a good one it was!

Congratulations Sister Charlotte

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Celebrations and Retreats in Visitation Province

Two Congregation de Notre-Dame associates groups in Visitation East welcomed new associates on May 31, the Feast of the Visitation. The Woodstock Group celebrated by attending Mass at noon, with associates participating in the ministries. This was followed by a Pot Luck Lunch at the new associate’s home. Dorothy expressed her happiness at becoming a CND associate. Helen Ross presented Dorothy with her CND associate pin. The group posed for a photo with parish priest Fr. John Beaumaster after Mass.

Marjorie Allison-Ross

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News from Visitation Province Associates

On Fire for Mission

Message from Sister Maureen MacIsaac, CND

On Fire for Mission" saw 63 associates and sisters gather at the Motherhouse on the Victoria Day weekend for the First Visitation Province Associate Assembly! The assembly began with a very beautiful and moving opening ritual. One could feel the love for St. Marguerite Bourgeoys and the strong desire for carrying out the mission. Sisters Ona Bessette and Josephine Badali led us through a process in which our hearts were inflamed. On Saturday evening, we were blessed to be able to celebrate a beautiful Eucharist at Bon Secours to renew our commitment and vows as associates and sisters, respectively. It was a joy to have witnessed and experienced such a spirit-filled assembly. I am sure that St. Marguerite was beaming! Heartfelt thanks and congratulations to our associate co-coordinators Anna Rowley, Marjorie Allison-Ross, Karen Volpe, Sr. Nancy Hurren and Pat Weicker for their vision and creative energy. How fitting that we gathered on the Feast of Pentecost as the Spirit was indeed present! 

 

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Visitation Summerside, PE

Photo: Sister Eleanor McCloskey

Summerside CND Associates gathered Monday evening, May 28, for their annual retreat and renewal of commitment. In a celebrative spirit Sister Eleanor McCloskey facilitated the session on the topic of “our common home” as called upon by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’ and as selected as one of our directions at the last Chapter.

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Area Gathering in Cranbrook, BC

On Saturday, May 12th, the Cranbook Associates were blessed with a visit from the provincial leadership team. Sisters Rebecca McKenna and Catherine Walker met with the Cranbrook CND Associates to bring Marguerite’s message of love for 2017—the result of a collaborative workshop between CND associates and sisters held during the CND Chapter in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The message was twofold: One, to take more of a contemplative stance and two, to respond in hope to the peripheries in our lives. After brief introductions, Becky, Catherine and Cranbrook associate Teresa Knight shared their personal reflections about the Chapter experience. The universal theme among their reflections was that of gratitude for the opportunity for both Associates and CND sisters to come together in prayer, song, deep listening, contemplation, and ‘play’ in the drafting of a new mission statement for the next four years.

 

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250 years of dedicated service in religious life.

Sunday, April 13th was a festive day in Toronto as we celebrated "250 years" of dedicated service in religious life.

Our gathering was held in the Taylor House, at the St. Joseph Residence, where the sisters in Toronto gathered to celebrate and honour our four Jubilarians Sisters:

  • Marie Landers -70 years of religious life
  • Frances Cresswell and Joan Lewis - 60 years and
  • Élise Corriveau - 23 years with the Oblates and 37 years in the Congréation de Notre-Dame

The afternoon began with a prayer focusing on "Joy as the Echo of God's Life Within Us", followed by a tribute dedicated to each sister and a final Jubilee Blessing.

The remainder of the afternoon gave way to the sharing of stories and experiences while enjoying some delicious treats. 

Congratulations and Best Wishes to all the Jubilarians.

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Movie: Pope Francis, A Man of His Word

This film, a documentary, came out recently. It is an "interview" with Pope Francis, stretching over various places where he visited and touching on situations he encountered. The movie uses The Pope's own words, written in subtitles below.  We see, up close, the emotion in his response to questions; he shows humour and laughs, and he shows sadness. His wisdom is deep and he expresses his thoughts and his theology simply, and with confidence.  If this movie comes to where you are, do try to see it.  It is one of those not-to-be-missed productions.

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“On Fire for Mission”

“On Fire for Mission” saw 63 associates and sisters gather at the Motherhouse on the Victoria Day weekend for the First Visitation Province Associate Assembly! The assembly began with a very beautiful and moving opening ritual. One could feel the love for St. Marguerite and the strong desire for carrying out the mission. Sisters Ona Bessette and Josephine Badali led us through a process in which our hearts were inflamed. On Saturday evening, we were blessed to be able to celebrate a beautiful Eucharist at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel to renew our commitment and vows as associates and sisters, respectively. It was a joy to have witnessed and experienced such a spirit-filled assembly. Heartfelt thanks and congratulations to our associate co-coordinators Anna Rowley, Marjorie Allison-Ross, Karen Volpe, Sr. Nancy Hurren and Pat Weicker for their vision and creative energy. How fitting that we gathered on the Feast of Pentecost as the Spirit was indeed present!  

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