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Statue of our Lady Of Grace dedicated on September 11, 2016 at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bourbonnais, IL. The statue was formerly on the top of the Novitiate. 

Sr. Donna Kelly from Visitation Province will be joining the House of Formation in White Plains in January. We are delighted to have Donna among us and appreciate her presence. Donna is actually an American from Kentucky but entered the Congregation in the Maritimes after attending university there. Donna is a talented and gifted musician and a generous, warm hearted person. We welcome Donna to Blessed Sacrament Province.

ASSOCIATE NEWS – Sr. Joan Mahoney

Hayesville, North Carolina Associates Plant a Marguerite Garden

To commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Associate Relationship, the associates and sisters in Hayesville, NC planted a meditation garden in honor of St. Marguerite. Their Immaculate Heart of Mary Church comes to a “v” shape at its front. The garden is on both sides of the “v” shape. They planted two cascading Japanese maple trees and placed three blue and gold plaques. At the “v” shape: “35th Anniversary Associate Relationship, Congregation of Notre Dame, 2016”. Between the bench and birdbath on the right side: This Community is a plot in a large garden created by God, Marguerite Bourgeoys”.

In the spring, they will plant tall Shasta daisies in the back and sides and small Marguerite daisies in the front where there are empty spaces. When finished, they dedicated the garden by using the prayer from the planting of the linden tree for the 35th Anniversary of the Associate Relationship at the mother house during the pilgrimage of associates in Montreal last July. A celebratory meal concluded their festivities.

35th Associate Anniversary Retreat at Quonnie, September 16-18, 2016

“We have come to tell our story, we have come to break the bread, we have come to know our rising from the dead.” Song of the Body of Christ, David Haas

Twenty associates and three associate candidates guided by Associate Kristen Salemi, Sr. Mary Ann Rossi and Sr. Joan Mahoney prayerfully connected an important personal story with an event in the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys and in the life of Mary of Nazareth. Each wrote and read her new story in small groups. Many commented that relating Marguerite and Mary’s story to their lives opened up new dimensions of the Congregation of Notre Dame charism for them. Kristen Salemi created beautiful portraits of each Associate to accompany the stories. Sr. Pat Jamele and Sr. Marilyn Doucette oversaw delicious meals and assisted associates in the discovery process. Associate Mary Jo Hoag and Sr. Joan Mahoney shared their General Chapter experience.

Rite of Welcome for Associate Candidate, in Wilton, CT

On September 24, the Wilton Associate Community welcomed Francoise as an associate Candidate. Francoise is a caring and loving nurse. Sr. Mary Ann Rossi invited her to come to the associate meetings last winter. A wife and mother, Francoise is alive in the Holy Spirit and appreciates our Visitation-Pentecost spirituality.

PEACE & JUSTICE NEWS – Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan

Our first International Corporate Stand was on reducing the debt of the poorest nations of the world. Jubilee USA has been our best partner in pursuing that goal. Their plan seems a practical, concrete approach to reducing the terrible income inequality that plagues our country.

Jubilee USA Call to Action:

“Each year we encourage our communities to hold a Jubilee Weekend service and other events in coordination with our global partners who hold events for Jubilee in 50 countries worldwide, taking action in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. We link ourselves with our brothers and sisters in the world’s poorest countries. Last year, more than 100 Jubilee faith communities acted and prayed for transparency in our global economy. In 2014, nearly 150 communities acted for, prayed for – and won – debt relief for Ebola-impacted countries. We’re so grateful.

This year, October 14 – 16, our theme is “Love Your Neighbor” as we work to win responsible lending and borrowing and stop predatory behavior in our domestic economy. Specifically, we’ll be focusing our efforts on two areas:

1. Launching our national campaign to stop predatory forms of “payday” lending

2. Promoting responsible student lending and borrowing

Through prayer and action, you, your friends, colleagues, students, and parishioners can engage in the work of building an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable.” I will be sending you materials to help you in this effort.

Our second International Corporate Stand is to abolish trafficking. Recently, we have been working with the newest national coalition, United States Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, in their campaign to end slave labor in the chain of production of goods sold in our country. I want to share the good news that on Sept. 22 Congressman Jim Himes D- CT signed up as a cosponsor of HR 3226. That brings the number of cosponsors to 19. This is Carolyn Maloney’s bill to eliminate slave labor from the chain of production.

There are only 4 cosponsors for the Senate version introduced by Sen Blumenthal CT D - S1968. All are Democrats: Markey, Edward “Ed” [D-MA] (joined Aug 5, 2015) Franken, Alan “Al” [D-MN] (joined Sep 16, 2015) Gillibrand, Kirsten [D-NY] (joined Feb 10, 2016)Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (joined Jul 14, 2016).

In June, I called Rep. Jim Himes’ office to say that I knew he would be against slavery in the making of goods, so I wondered what he objected to in this bill? I think the statement and the question interested his staffer. I wonder if that’s what got Congressman Himes to act. Why don’t you try that when you call your senator or representative!



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