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2016 Jubilarians

75 – Glory

Sister Margaret Giroux

Sister Edith Laflamme

60 – Diamond

Sister Jeannette Bolduc

Sister Simonne Camire

50 – Golden

Sister Mary Stacy Hanrahan

Sister Sally Norcross

Sister Anne Seeley

A group of Sisters from St. Jean’s Convent joined Sr. Stacy and Sr. Michelle from Unanima for a meeting with Elizabeth Bagley, the former Ambassador to Portugal and a close friend of Hillary Clinton. We shared issues important to us as religious women.


Rite of Welcome for Candidate Juana Reyes:

\\CNDMT0VFIL01\Users\jmahoney\Pictures\newsletter\chicago Juana's rite of welcome 4.16.jpgL-R: Associate Blanca Sauceda, Sr. Joan Mahoney, Candidate Juana Reyes, Inquirer Maria Eugenia Manzano, Associate Maria Vazquez

On April 15, Juana Reyes became a Candidate for the Associate Relationship. Juana attended the CND Assembly in Wilton in July, 2014 and has been actively and enthusiastically involved with the Associate Community at Holy Cross, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Chicago, IL since then. At the conclusion of the Rite of Welcome, Juana was congratulated on behalf of all of us and promised our prayer and support. Felicidades Juana, en nombre de las personas asociadas y de las hermanas de la Congregación de Notre-Dame. Nos alegramos contigo por este deseo de caminar como candidata(o) y te ofrecemos nuestro apoyo y nuestras oraciones durante el proceso.

Visitations with Associate Communities in South Holland, Joliet and Kankakee, IL

\\CNDMT0VFIL01\Users\jmahoney\Pictures\newsletter\So. Holland 4.15.16.jpgAssociates Mary Kozlowski, Karen Fleszewski, Susan Morris, Geri Radke, South Holland, IL


Sr. Bea Baker, Associates Eva Williams and Billie Porte, Joliet, IL Sr. Kathleen Murphy, Associate Theresa Ciaccio, Kankakee, IL

At three different sessions on April 16 and 17, I presented Marguerite Bourgeoys Experience and Vision as the origin of our present Associate Relationship. Marguerite was a member of the Extern Congregation in Troyes and insisted on establishing confraternities of women and girls in Ville Marie and in every place the sisters were missioned. Lively conversations on the meaning of our vocations and the gifts received by being Congregation of Notre Dame associates and sisters ensued.

Associate Quonnie Retreat

The September 16-18, 2016 Associate Retreat at Quonnie will be one of our celebrations of the 35th Anniversary of the Associate Relationship. Please consider participating in this opportunity to pray together, reflect on your Associate commitment, deepen relationships with other associates and relax and have fun in this beautiful setting.

PEACE & JUSTICE NEWS – Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan

From Mercy in Action Project May 2016 - There are 4 executions scheduled for this upcoming month of May. You can help stop these executions by advocating for clemency and gathering as a community in prayer. To advocate for clemency, contact the state Board of Pardon and Paroles and the Governor and tell them to halt the upcoming execution. In your advocacy, you can use this prepared clemency letter or compose your own. Click the links below for the contact information of the Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor in each state.

Upcoming Executions:

Shonda Dee Walter (PA) Earl Forrest (MO)

Terry Darnell Edwards (TX) Vernon Madison (AL)

In the Catholic tradition, both personal and communal liturgical prayer are sources of spiritual strength for living out the pro-life commitment to which the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us. Click here to download a prayer vigil on the day of an execution. Our prayer is often a source of strength for others as well, particularly as we pray for those to be executed, their families, the victims and the victim’s families.
Thank you for your advocacy and your prayers. Your actions help save lives.


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 1.5°C & 2°C OF WARMING MEANS EVERYTHING: The adopted Paris Agreement is an incredible first step, but much of what we have achieved hangs in balance. The current commitments to reduce emissions condemn us to an extremely dangerous 2.7°C increase. And the goal governments gave themselves is still fixed around 2°C. But experts & activists are arguing for a vital push for 1.5°C as a true upper limit. This seemingly small difference would prevent well over 100 million people from losing their homes due to droughts, floods, sea level rise and devastating storms. In the face of this sobering reality, we need to continue the push for 1.5°C to keep hope alive.

On June 12, the 6-month anniversary of the Paris Agreement, religious and spiritual groups around the world are joining forces for Sacred Earth, Sacred TrustClick here to join us.

Celebrating 90 Years of a Blessed Life

As the old song goes . . .

1926 “was a wonderful year” as two Elizabeths entered our world. Our favorite was not the Queen, but our own “Lady” Elizabeth Scully, CND. Wilton was the site for the celebrations: one on the actual date, April 20, the other on Saturday, April 23. Surrounded by love from all in Wilton and dressed to the nines (with Sr. Suzanne Poulin’s assistance) Liz, known to her family as Aunt Elizabeth, received her guests and their gifts with her usual gracious manner. The beauty of many bouquets and flowering plants was only surpassed by the thoughtful cards and expressions of affection and gratitude sent by so many. Liz’s nieces and nephews came from New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut to wish her well. They brought pictures of the Scully family and their own memories of their dear Aunt Elizabeth. It was lovely to see the Scully and CND families gathered in the large parlor at the SSND Residence, renewing contacts from years ago when Liz and the CNDs became acquainted. Sister/Aunt Elizabeth, we love you and are grateful for you!!

Sr. Elizabeth with CNDs at “Parlor”

Sr. Elizabeth’s WCHS graduation picture


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