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A Pentecost Reflection

(Article first published in the May issue of The Rhode Island Catholic)

Within the past few weeks there was an amazing rescue of a twelve year old boy whose foot got caught in a drain at a water resort. It was only a few feet of water but the boy’s head couldn’t reach the surface with his foot caught. A man jumped next to him and gave him mouth to mouth air for eight minutes under water until the emergency personnel freed his foot. The boy has recovered and appears to have no harmful effects of the ordeal aside from shortness of breath which is also improving with time...

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Let Us Not Forget Honduras

Since the election of last November and the subsequent swearing in of the President this January, Honduras has been living a painful chaos, worsening again still after years of strife following the 2009 coup. The Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters in Honduras issued a statement about the situation last November.

As we approach the 9th anniversary of the coup (June 28th), I invite you to pray for the people and the land of Honduras.

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To Accompany in Joy and Hope

The first bilingual conference of the National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors (NAVFD) took place in Hamilton, ON, from April 22 to 25.

The Congregation de Notre-Dame, Visitation Province, was represented by Sisters Sheila Sullivan and Josephine Badali, as well as Susan Kidd who was the facilitator. Tom Rosica, CSB, from Salt and Light, set the stage with a presentation on Youth Evangelization and the Synod. In an engaging talk, he illustrated how the topics of the last synods: The Word of God, New Evangelization and The Family, have prepared the path for this synod on Youth.

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Official Visit to Japan

Indian Horse

Indian Horse, is based on the award-winning novel by Richard Wagamese. The movie shows, with deep compassion, the long-lasting effects of the cultural alienation experienced in the misguided educational goals pursued in our country in the 60’s.

In a residential school, young Saul Indian Horse secretly teaches himself to skate and he learns hockey...

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Associate Relationship

Announcement of new co-coordinators in Central and the West/North

We are happy to share that Jacqueline Fehlner from the Ottawa area will be the new co-coordinator for Central, while Dolores MacGillivray from the Calgary area will be the new co-coordinator for the West/North. Their mandate will begin August 1, 2018.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

CND 150th In Waterbury 1869-2019 Liturgical celebrations

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 4:15 pm; Sunday, September 8, 2019, noon (the actual 150th) both at Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury. We are still in dialogue with Fr Ford as to how much input we can have in the parish's regular liturgy and will let you all know when we do! It is our hope to have contact with all the chairs of graduating class reunions of both Notre Dame Academy and Waterbury Catholic High School to help identify and invite the alumnae. Immediately following this year's liturgy, officially opening the year of celebration, we hope to gather in the church basement or hall to show the movie Stephanie and Marie Claire have produced, share a light informal lunch and gather information from alumnae. Ann Marie Strileckis, CND.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

A Touch of History

Apparently on May 29, 1700, Sr. Marie Barbier, Soeur de l'Assomption, received what is believed to be the first mastectomy in North America. This procedure was performed by Dr. Michael Sarrazin at Hotel Dieu in Quebec. In Dr. Sarrazin's own words:

"No matter what option I choose, I see my Sister de l’Assomption in danger of an imminent death. If we don’t operate, she will surely die within a few days, since she is getting worse by the day; and to attempt an operation will nearly inevitably lead to her death, since there is hardly any hope that she could sustain it and even less hope that she could recover from it” Vallée, Arthur (1927). Un biologiste canadien: Michel Sarrazin 1659–1735

The operation was a resounding success, and Sr. Marie Barbier lived for 39 years, passing away at the age of 77.

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Living Charity Volunteer Program June 23 - July 1, 2018

The Sisters of Charity – Halifax and the Congregation of Notre Dame are recruiting university students for the Living Charity Atlantic Volunteer Program.

Living Charity Atlantic is a nine day volunteer service program — an opportunity for you to participate in the mission of charity to those in need. Along with Sisters, you’ll have opportunities for hands-on experience of service, for reflection on justice and strategies for change, and for living and praying together.

Experiences include working with women and children, seniors and community centres.

The registration deadline is May 10, 2018.

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Official Visit to Maria Province Sisters

April 22: Welcome Ceremony – Meiji Gakuen

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Open House at the Mother House

Come and meet us!

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Photo: Sisters Lorraine Costello, Regina McQuaid, Eleanor McCloskey,  Eileen McQuaid, Marijke Gerretsen, Dolores Kennedy

Vocation Formation Resource team

"Do you remember the last time you opened a door? Probably not! Doors are a natural part of daily life. We rarely notice the movement of passing through the space they allow for our coming and goings.

Think of the physical door that is part of your life, particularly the ones since you awoke this morning. Undoubtedly there are many. A door can connect us to events and people.

This Sunday April 22 is World Day of Vocations. The Holy Father said 2018 is a special year for vocations, because the Synod of Bishops will reflect on young people, especially "the relationship between young people, faith and vocation." The pope invites us to open the doors of our lives reflecting on three aspects of every vocation: listening, discerning and living.

“VOCATION IS TODAY! THE CHRISTIAN MISSION IS NOW"

(Pope Francis)

Sisters Becky, Gwen, Joan, Jo, Sheila and Sue

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Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day

Earth Day 2018: This year's theme is End Plastic Pollution. Individuals, groups and schools can get more information on the extent of the problem and concrete actions they can take at https://www.earthday.org. Montreal, Victoria and other municipalities have banned plastic bags and Vancouver and other municipalities are taking steps to ban single use plastics such as take-out drink and food containers. Plastic doesn't compost so "recycled" plastic ends up in landfill

Earth Day is probably the largest civic observance in the world now, observed in some 195 countries. This is a day to enjoy fresh air, contact with soil, and touching nature in some way. Gratitude for nature and a desire to appreciate the natural world help all of us to live with more joy.

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Mission Day

This year, at the invitation of the General Council, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame’s Mother House sisters and staff assembled to celebrate Mission Day on the theme of “The Common Home.” This day, April 17, highlights the birthday of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, the Congregation’s foundress. What better way to wish her a happy birthday than to deepen our understanding of her mission?

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Movie recommandation: Love, Simon

Love, Simon is entertaining, funny in spots and reflective at times.  It’s a story about a young man – a rather privileged affluent teen, with a good home, a stable family, and a secret he hasn’t shared.  He’s gay, and he lives with the not uncommon fear that he may not be accepted in society.  The characters resemble people we teachers (and one-time students?) can recognize – the class-mates, the principal, the drama teacher, the kid sister – and we walk with Simon through his days of seeking to be his real self, even while he experiences a loneliness and a fear of revelation of that real self.  Teachers, and parents of teens and tweens, would do well to see this film.  The world is becoming more tolerant of differences and this movie is gentle, leading to a happy ending and an at-peace Simon, comfortable and confident in counting the days to graduation and whatever will come after that.

 

 

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Ignatian Spirituality

Sister Maureen Baldwin and three team members met at St. Joseph Retreat Center in Cobourg, Ontario, to facilitate a weekend retreat, April 6-8. The retreat is an initiative of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, which seeks to introduce the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius to people with experience of homelessness. Twelve women, who have such experience in their lives, participated in the retreat. Everyone was happy with the event.

 

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Bringing Chapter Home

A small but mighty group gathered in Fredericton on Saturday, April 7. An April snowstorm (yes, really!) kept most of our out-of-town associates away from our gathering led by Sister Maureen MacIsaac. This was our first visit from Sister Maureen, who enjoyed welcoming a former Sydney associate among us; Eleanor MacDonald joined us, with her daughter Nancy. Pictured above: (back row) Eleanor MacDonald, Carole Dillworth, Marilyn Rowan, Sister Eleanor, Geraldine Gordon- a Miramichi member, Edith Corbett, Nancy MacKay and Sister Karen. Front row: Sister Maureen, Merla Spires and Marjorie Allison- Ross. We enjoyed our sharing time together and later moved to the dining-room (Fredericton Inn) for lunch and animated social time – new people with our “regulars.” We are grateful to Maureen, our visiting facilitator, and to Karen, for technology.

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Welcoming Sister Motoko, CND, in New York City

Sr. Motoko Takahashi is now living with us at St. Jean Baptiste in New York.

Back row: Ann Conlon, Motoko, Mary Caplice –

Seated: Ann Marie Levangie, Rosemary Cianciolo,

Alla Anne Boyle  

photographer – Maria Cassano

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Regional Chapter 2018, Notre-Dame-des-Apôtres, Cameroon

Our Regional Chapter began with a beautiful Eucharistic celebration led by the members of the liturgical committee. Through songs of different languages and colors, we lived a multilingual and intercultural experience, an image of the diversity of the members of our Region.

In her word of welcome, Sr. Minkada Brigitte introduced Father Armand Fessi celebrant of our beautiful Eucharistic celebration and animator of the two retreat days which will begin our Chapter. He is a man of experience both in religious life and in the life of the church.

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Movie: The Leisure Seeker

This movie is not receiving great reviews, in spite of its star performers. It is funny, great one-liners exchanged between the aging still-in-love couple. We see the truly total dedication required in care-giving with someone going through ever-deepening memory loss. In discussing the film with reviewers, the actors point out that respect for the person, the whole person, can be difficult to keep uppermost in everyday life. I liked the way Helen’s character kept working at this for her husband. Their relationship appeared genuine – happy at times, persistent in showing their love for each other, and trying at times, while they struggled to cope.

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