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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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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

At St. Jude’s Church, South Holland, the Associates of South Holland were joined by Associates from Kankakee, Joliet and Sister Bea Baker from Joliet to celebrate Sylvia S. becoming a CND Associate on Saturday afternoon, May 26. Sylvia is a very dynamic, enthusiastic woman who is a true “worker bee” adding life, energy, and ideas to her parish and to the Associate group in South Holland. Associates Karen and Mary, South Holland co-coordinators, led her in the formation sessions. With a heart for Visitation, Sylvia connects her faith with justice helping her Deacon husband with his scripture classes, ministering to the homebound, and serving at a soup kitchen.

 

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Renewal Of Vows

On July 2, 2018, Janet Lawrence renewed her vows during a community liturgy at Villa Maria Convent. The celebrant was Father Fred Pelligrino, SJ, a friend of Janet and of the CND Community. Father has great devotion to Marguerite. Sr. Mary Anne Powers was present to accept Janet’s vows. The community shared in the beautiful celebration with support, prayers and blessings and was followed by a festive dinner. We prayed: “Go, Janet, like Mary and Elizabeth, living the gifts of the Spirit. Go, like Marguerite, in peace with courage and faithfulness.” In the Fall, Janet will begin her second year of chaplain residency in Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. Our prayers are with you, Janet.

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GreenFaith Fellowship Program

Sister Kathleen Deignan recommends that sisters and associates consider applying to the GreenFaith Fellowship Program, North America’s only comprehensive education and training program to turn clergy and laity into religious-environmental leaders. (She and Anne Seeley became Fellows in the past.) Fellows are drawn from a national audience of ordained and lay leaders, to be selected through a competitive application process. Applications are due on July 15, and can be received by emailing the program’s new director, Stacey Kennealy, at stacey@greenfaith.org! For further information, go to:

http://www.greenfaith.org/programs/fellowship/detailed-information

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CND Contemplative Prayer

Recently, a few of us were privileged to attend the week-long workshop, GOD, EVOLUTION AND THE UNFINISHED SELF given by Ilia Delio, OSF at Maryknoll. Throughout the week, I kept recalling how powerfully connected as one we were when we felt threatened by Rome as our religious communities were being investigated and challenged.

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Sister Libby Osgood, CND

Sister Libby Osgood, CND, is currently in Montreal for the International meeting of new members of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. She shares her joy of meeting the other daughters of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

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From Our Leadership Team

2017-2021 goals: to engage the CND family of Blessed Sacrament Province in the implementation of the General Chapter 2016-2021 orientation, to facilitate the sisters’ and associates’ participation in moving the province forward, and to create a climate that supports the capacity of each sister to live fully and well in mission for the whole of our lives.

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Jubilarians celebration

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Give Thanks 

I think we can all agree our get together and time of celebration was AMAZING, AWESOME, WONDERFUL, INDEED A BLESSING.

Our first words of thanks go to a God of our creation who gave us beautiful weather, scenery and people who made all this celebration possible. The reputation of the Maritime hospitality was proven over and over again. The CND Visitation hospitality was to experience the joy, happiness and blessings of being together.

First to arrive on Sunday July 1st at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Retreat Centre in Summerside were Sisters Patricia Arsenault, CND, Rosemary Shannon, CND and Joan Lewis, CND. The first contingence from the USA arrived: Sisters Cathy Molloy, CND, Margaret Farley, CND, and Nancy McDermott, CND.

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Thanks & Appreciation

We are deeply grateful to our sisters and associates who remembered us on the occasion of our Jubilee Year. Your presence, Mass offerings, letters, cards, emails, and phone messages were a wonderful reminder of the great blessings we share as community. God's fidelity never fails us. Our prayers of gratitude include prayers for all of you.

Sisters Thérèse Arsenault (70), Bernadette Gallant, Réjeanne Bourque, Katherine T. MacDonald, Hermine Bernard and Noreen Hickey (60)

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CND Leadership attend CRC Assembly

From May 24 to 27, 2018, in Montreal, more than 250 men and women religious in leadership from Catholic congregations in Canada attended the 32nd General Assembly of the CRC. Professor Elena Lasida gave the keynote address on the theme “The nights are laden with life. Watcher, what do you say?” 

Elena began her presentation quoting the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans:

 “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now. . . . For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?”  Rom 8:22 and 24

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Visitation Place

Sister Susan Kidd, CND, initiated the idea of Visitation Place in the spring of 2017. She has been committed to the experience of sharing in a faith-filled community living experience with young women.  These women live in half of the duplex while Susan lives in the other.  All are committed to living simply, sharing meals and prayer as well as participating in regular volunteer outreach.

Susan, Chaplain at UPEI, shares her experience of the past year.

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News from Visitation West Associates (Canada)

NOTES FROM THE FOLKS!

INNISFAIL, ALBERTA

On Saturday, May 5th the sisters and associates from Innisfail area gathered together 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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The First Visitation Province Associate Assembly

The First Visitation Province Associate Assembly, “On Fire for Mission”, saw 63 associates and sisters gather at the mother house in late May. The assembly began with a very beautiful and moving opening ritual. One could feel the love for St. Marguerite Borugeoys and the strong desire for carrying out the mission. Sisters Ona Bessette and Josephine Badali led the assembly through a process in which hearts were inflamed. The participants were also blessed to be able to celebrate a beautiful Eucharist at Bon Secours to renew their commitment and vows as associates and sisters, respectively.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Halifax Feast of the Visitation Celebration

Submitted by Halifax Associate Alexa Smith

On May 31st, Halifax area sisters and sssociates gathered at Visitation Centre to celebrate the Feast of Visitation. Sr. Mary led us in prayer and sharing as we reflected on our Journeys and Visitations over the past year. Sisters renewed their vows and associates our commitment. Sr. Maureen, Frankie and Alexa shared with the group some of their experiences from the Associate Assembly: On Fire for Mission, which they attended earlier in the month in Montreal. We ended the evening gathered around the table enjoying stories, friendship and refreshments all in the Spirit of Marguerite Bourgeoys!

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Self-Care Weekend on Howe Island

Last weekend, Ottawa Associates, Bill and Jacqueline, lead us through a journey of discerning, learning and spiritual growth. The pace was excellent, with a well-coordinated team effort alternating from the imaginative art work with Jacquie where we could release the imagination through art and the gentle physical movements where “less is more” with Bill to reawaken an awareness of the nervous system and the possible regenerative neurons work that goes on in the body.

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Associates’ Workshop, June 19, Innisfail, AB

We are feeling blessed in Innisfail because:

  • Anna Rowley presented us with a very informative and thought provoking mini - workshop on Leadership.
  • The Associates from Cranbrook were able to join us for the workshop. Good food and fellowship!
  • Our coordinators Sister Nancy Hurren and Pat Weicker were able to be with us as well.
  • We have had Sister Nancy as coordinator and Associate supporter for a long time!
  • We will now have one of our own, Dolores MacGillivary, as a new coordinator!
  • We hope all the Associates and Sisters have a restful Summer.

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Open House

The Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame with the local sisters of St. Joseph Convent/Renewal Centre, Mabou, invite you to an Open House on Sunday, August 5th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. We look forward to your presence as we gather to give thanks, celebrate, renew friendships, bid farewell and, of course, enjoy a cup of tea. Open mic and local entertainment will be provided. Ciad Mile Failte!

 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Our Conversations of the Heart group has been gathering monthly since February 2012. Our time together includes a check-in, time for contemplative prayer, reflection and dialogue on our designated topic, followed by supper together. Members assume leadership of our gatherings. On Sunday, June 17th, we shifted our place to Montague and our agenda to "feast"! We enjoyed well-cooked lobsters from North Rustico. Even without an agenda, our conversation touched on some current topics – the presence of Buddhist nuns in the Montague area and how we minister to young people in our midst. We enjoyed the warm summertime sky and countryside including the space we had, deck and all. We missed Anne and Noreen and look forward to September's re-grouping.

Susan Kidd, for the group

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