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Being able to be a delegate at our General Chapter was both a privilege and a gift for me. Those precious days in August were a culmination of two years of planning. The Chapter Preparatory Commission and the facilitator led sisters and associates of the Provinces and Regions through a wonderful process. As a result, the theme for our Chapter “Rooted in Jesus Christ, Let Us Cultivate Love and Compassion” became very much a part of us all.

Our retreat days with Father Simon-Pierre Arnold at the beginning of our Chapter really helped to set the tone and to get us rooted and grounded in God’s love for the task at hand. With the wonderful input that we received in the reports from sisters and associates in preparation for Chapter, it was evident that the Spirit was at work; we were “on the same page” across the Congregation in many respects. Our work as delegates was truly enhanced from the reports that we received. It was exciting how our Orientation evolved. You could feel the energy and see the joy in the room when we saw the fruit of our efforts! Josephine Badali, CND, shared with us that during her reflection she “went” to every corner of the Congregation and said that “there was something for everyone!” in the Orientation. Last, but certainly not least, was the election of our new Leadership Team. We felt that our new team had to complement our Orientation. It was truly an historic moment in our Congregation to elect an intercultural and intergenerational leadership team.

It was wonderful to renew friendships and to make new friends, too! One of the translators, who knows us well from his many, many years of working with us, said at the end of the Chapter “The CND is on solid ground.” We were blessed with very fine facilitators who so capably led us and by all of you at home with your prayer and love. Our General Chapter was indeed a life-giving experience!

Maureen MacIsaac, CND

Advent Weeken Guided Retreat

At Villa Madonna, Saint John, NB, Friday, Dec. 2 (7 pm) – Sunday, Dec. 4 (ending with lunch). Facilitator will be Father Shawn Daley, sfm.

How many of us spend our lives waiting for a coming? The coming of a bus or train... the coming of a friend.... No matter who we are, we all share the same reality while we stand in anticipation for a COMING and that common reality is called WAITING. But how do we WAIT... in HOPE or in FEAR? For information see

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

JPIC Presents Artistic Event at the World Social Forum

Part of the Dance: Members of the G20 celebrating a profitable year, but they are oblivious of the environmental cost.

In August 2016, Montreal hosted the World Social Forum (WSF), a large international gathering of civil society dedicated to finding solutions to the problems of our time. At JPIC we realized that the world was coming to Montreal and that this would be an excellent opportunity to premiere an arts program on the topic of climate action (an idea that had been in incubation since the New York Climate March in September 2014). We gathered a core planning group from the Congregation of Notre Dame, the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) and Development and Peace and set about organizing an event featuring the arts of dance and storytelling.

Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator

Ubi Honor Ibi Sum: a 75 Year Old Tradition of Honour, Compassion and Excellence

For over three years now, enthusiasm has been mounting as the 75th anniversary celebrations for NDHS Toronto approached. Events, like a tea party, a mocktail party, a pub night, a trip to Stratford, and a retreat day all stirred up memories of great days.

October 14 and 15 finally came! A five hour Friday evening Open House, handled by the High School, welcomed hundreds of Alumnae home to the joy of re-connecting. Favourite spots included Marooney’s Pub, The Tea Room, the Memorabilia Room and the Boutique. 26 baskets were up for raffle! Later, AV technology transported us constantly to other days, and to the rest of our ‘family.’

A beautiful Mass at a comfortably full Good Shepherd Church on Saturday afternoon highlighted representatives of the pioneers who formed the first student body to come through the doors opened by Sister St Gabriel of the Angels and Sister St. Elizabeth Marie in September 1941. Among them was one who went by “Burnsy”! We were happy to have 11 CNDs present at the Mass, and were mindful of those who could not come.

In the evening 750 people sat down to a formal banquet presented by Le Parc. Besides laughter and endless conversation, entertainment by current students, and a terrific menu, we were treated to the wit and wisdom of a very special keynote speaker, Sister Jo Badali, CND, a 1960 ND graduate! We were proud to donate $5 from each ticket for our school in Meyomessala, Cameroon.

As one Alumna wrote afterwards, “The executive and their team of helpers made all three events of the celebration incredibly memorable. May God bless you and all the CND Sisters.” We echo that thanks to the CND Sisters, always conscious that the gift we celebrate owes both its beginnings and its survival in large measure to your generosity and your commitment to liberating education.

Karen Volpe (Associate), Lorraine Treacy (Associate), Lucille Corrigan, CND (from the ND Alumnae Executive)


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