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CBC presentation entitled “Still Standing”

Early in February, we, at St. Joseph Convent, Mabou were invited by Michael Schultz, Producer, to take part in a future CBC presentation entitled “Still Standing.” Visiting small communities throughout Canada, getting to know the local people, what makes them unique and what we as a country can learn from one another is the goal of such visitations. While we were unsure as to what our contribution might be, we agreed to be interviewed by Michael who was interested in knowing our contribution to the community of Mabou as members of the Congregation of Notre Dame community. Dating back to our foundation in 1887 when our Sisters became involved in education and having a presence among the people of Mabou and outlying communities sparked a keen interest on Michael’s part. This resulted in our agreeing to have a visit on March 2 from other members of the group who arrived in the village to spend several days getting to know its spirit. The hospitality shown them at the Mabou River Inn, Dalbrae Academy, the Red Shoe, the West Mabou Square Dance, the Trans Canada Trail on ATV’s , the local museum (An Drochaid), Glenora Distillary and an enjoyable cup of tea with the Sisters at SJC was rewarded with a wonderful gathering in the Mabou Community Hall on the eve of their departure. The highlight of this evening was a stand-up comedy show where host and guest comedian, Johnny Harris, incorporated the experiences of the group during their week among us into his humorous script. It was a wonderful evening of good cheer and genuine hospitality. We look forward to seeing Mabou’s contribution to “Still Standing” at some time during the year and will inform everyone as to the date.

Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Mabou


Julian of Norwich, Mechtild of Magdeburg

Hildegard of Bingen & Meister Eckhart

[all women welcome]

DATE: June 24 – 30, 2016

LOCATION: Villa Consolata, Howe Island, ON

FACILITATOR: Mary Jane Wilson, CND

To register please contact Mary Jane at or phone 778-433-1399.


The Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish and the Sisters of Charity are collaborating to bring Fr. Memo Gampuzano, CM to Halifax and Sydney. Fr. Gampuzano will be offering 1-day workshops in each city, inviting people to explore Systemic Change and Building Inclusive Communities.


Representatives from most of the congregations of religious sisters in Atlantic Canada were present at this conference hosted by the Sisters of Notre Dame du Sacré Coeur. In addition to the sisters, CRC National staff, Francine Cabana and Apraham Niziblian were present and facilitated the sessions; Fr. Timothy Scott, the National CRC director was also present. Monica Lambton, Congregation of Notre Dame Visitation Province JPIC coordinator, Sister Mary Corbett and Sister Anne T. Gillis represented the Congregation of Notre Dame.

The first evening was spent sharing what was happening in each of the areas with an emphasis on the need to “forge the future” by involving and supporting our youth in justice-related projects. Friday morning we were immersed in a consideration of all the aspects of “Faith-Based Divestment” under the direction of Gary Hawton of Hawton Consulting from Toronto. Whether investing or divesting, a number of key factors were outlined such as a consideration of:

  • What we stand for
  • What we don’t want
  • What we do want and
  • What we should have

These should be aligned with our mission statement and the fact that “we are stewards of the assets God has given us.”

Anne T. Gillis, JPIC Core Committee

Heart of Mercy, Hope for the World

On March 13, the Fifth Sunday of Lent we welcomed Sister Georgina MacInnis to our Centre where she addressed a large group of interested persons to hear her well-prepared and timely message, “Heart of Mercy, Hope for the World.” The basis for the latter was Pope Francis’ Encyclical entitled Laudato Si, the Jubilee Year of Mercy, with frequent references to Pope Francis’ latest book entitled The Name of God is Mercy. Sister left us with much to reflect upon at this half-way point in the Lenten season challenging us to keep in tune with the Spirit that guides Pope Francis in spreading the Good News for this time in our Church history. She touched on the significance of the great symbol of the Jubilee Year, the Open Door in two of our Diocesan Churches, St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish and St. Marguerite Bourgeoys in Sydney. The majority of those in attendance were former students who have benefitted from her wonderful teaching ability and guidance during her years of teaching here in Mabou. We thank Sister Georgina for this wonderful presentation and look forward to her return.

St. Joseph Renewal Centre, Mabou

Canadian Forum on Theology and Education – April 1 and 2

Several of us were privileged to attend the recent Forum in Oakville, ON. The focus of the event was Evolution and the Spiritual Life: Exploring changing images of God and the Implications for daily life and spirituality. Joan Chittister shared in her usual no- nonsense way her well - researched and well - prepared content, sprinkled with stories. She focused on images of God and language.

Diarmuid O’Murchu used fewer words, more pictures, and different stories to clarify the shift from religion to spirituality. “The old spirituality was about escape; now it’s about engage.”

Together they stirred our hearts and sparked our enthusiasm. They inspired our questions and responded to them. We did more than just listen; there was time for sharing among ourselves – a coffee break with 450 participants helps that happen. The material was not new to many, maybe even to most of us, but these two presenters imparted an urgency for us to keep living the faith we say we believe, and to practice and teach a mature adult faith that has meaning in the contemporary NOW. Think about it: “Growth, not perfection, is the purpose of life.” And “Nothing we do changes the past; everything we do changes the future.” Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Radical Grace

A short time ago, CBC, on The Passionate Eye showed the award-winning documentary, Radical Grace. CNWE –NB had already arranged for two screenings (rental) of the film. March 30, in Saint John, at UNBSJ, we welcomed 85 people, who shared their comments after. March 31, in Fredericton, at UNB, we had close to 100 from the parishes around. Students from a class titled “Hooked on Religion” prepared questions they offered the audience to stimulate discussion of what we had seen. This was a well-received event and many expressed their gratitude for our helping them to be aware of the American Sisters and their activism to effect change. Eleanor McCloskey, CND 


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