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Resources for Lent…

New app from Our Sunday Visitor designed especially for the Year of Mercy. Our Sunday Visitor’s 365 Days to Mercy app, free in the iTunes and Google Play app stores, is designed to accompany you on a spiritual journey during the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. There is a thought for every day of the year of Mercy... not developed much... but one for morning and evening. Also, an app “a Year of Mercy” with Pope Francis (384 pgs.) from Sunday Visitor. Georgina MacInnis, CND

The Lenten Reflection Guide from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the teachings of Pope Francis in his latest encyclical, Laudato Si’. Find it and download – free – at Becky McKenna, CND 

A Spirit Of Mercy: Reflections on the Works of Mercy

“In this Extraordinary Year of Mercy, Pope Francis calls us to conversion in our own lives so that we can be and bring the face of God’s mercy to the world.” This booklet was prepared by Br. Mark O’Connor, FMS, and may be used as a source of reflection, for individuals and groups, as we journey through the Season of Lent in this Year of Mercy.

Digital copies of this resource may be downloaded from the above website. (Permission is given)

Nina Glinski, CND with members of the Spirituality Resource Group

Against Human Trafficking

I want to express my gratitude to the Congregation of Notre Dame Communications Committee and JPIC for telling us about the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. On February 8th, the date chosen by Pope Francis, we used the two-page prayer service provided by JPIC for our evening prayer. This prayer contains a wealth of knowledge and increased our own awareness. I also used the information provided and other sources concerning Pope Francis' great desire to end this awful contemporary form of human slavery to write a letter to our island newspaper, The Guardian, (Feb. 9). Thank you too for the individual sisters and lay committee members who work so diligently and perseveringly in the area of social justice on behalf of our CND Community.

Bernadette Gallant, CND – Andrews of Charlottetown


Groups and organizations around us are coming up with different names for some of the ideas our Governance Committee has put forth. I noticed in recent poster material concerning the Water Act for Prince Edward Island, the term “participatory governance.”

“Several models of governance and decision-making have emerged in recent years that reflect … participatory approach. It is essential to “widen the funnel” so that the valuable input of engaged citizens will have a meaningful role in deliberating about options and formulating the emerging policy. (Catherine O’Brien and Dom Mazer, Guardian, February 9, 2016. This work is specifically directed to deciding issues around water). So, organic governance, creative governance, participatory governance . . . we seem to be in tune with other contemporaries looking at new ways!

Noreen Hickey, CND

World Prayer

On February 1, I participated in what was called "A World Synchronized Meditation" to reclaim the reality of peace for those suffering in Syria especially the children. All I had to do was set aside 10 minutes of prayer time on that day and then I was fortunate enough to receive a report of what happened as a group of people entered Syria and sang and prayed for peace. You can find the plan for the event by going to "World Synchronized Meditation for Syria with James Twyman" on YouTube; you also should be able to see "Prayer Vigil Miracle – Incredible" which tells and shows what happened. It was quite moving.

Anne T. Gillis, CND




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