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Little Things Mean A Lot

When I heard the phrase “Going to the Peripheries,” or “Responding to the Periphery in our lives,” I must say I was a little concerned and somewhat afraid that I would not be able to respond to the call that was so clearly expressed in our last Chapter. The word “Going,” I must admit, really challenged me, as I am not in a condition of doing much “going” anywhere. One day as I was pondering this call to the peripheries my heart was awakened to the realization that life, as I am living it at this time has given me a few opportunities of reaching the periphery. Every day I am responsible for writing the day and date and the time of the Mass on the white board in Marian I unit in the Providence Motherhouse infirmary. I decided at the outset that I wanted to write more than that on the board. Each day I write a little quotation or saying that is inspirational or humorous. I realize that staff as well as Sisters appreciate these short quotes. Sometimes someone asks me about what I had written the day before because she or he wants to send it to someone elsewhere. I also love to hear the sound of laughter as someone enjoys a funny quote that may relieve some stress in the course of the day. My other ways of reaching out to the periphery come from my ministry of communication here at home or in the province. I print and distribute all communications from Visitation Province, Congregation Leadership, and news from the missions and archives for all the Sisters who do not use computers. As one of the two editors of a provincial newsletter, a publication that reaches far and wide, I review the items sent in, make editorial revisions and prepare the draft for publication. Finally, each week I am united with a group of other Sisters in silent contemplative prayer for the needs of our Church and the World.

Therefore, going to the peripheries for me is like skipping a pebble on the lake and watching the ripples move out further and further wherever the current draws them. Yes, little things do mean a lot.

Eleanor Monahan, CND

A Special Visit To Kingston

On Friday, September 6, the Sisters of Notre Dame Kingston welcomed a number of students and their teachers from Sakura no Seibo Junior College, Fukushima, Japan. Although language was limited, there was plenty of communication.

The students entertained with singing, playing the piano and a teacher performed some magic tricks. The sisters showed their appreciation with sign language, smiles and laughter. Before they left there was an exchange of gifts and hugs.

Rosemary Shannon, CND

Creation Season Continues…

Last fall, at the closing event for PeaceQuest, a project sponsored by the Sisters of Providence in Kingston and supported by Visitation Province, long time peace activist and academic Paul Rogers declared to us that the decade of the 2020's will be the most critical for turning things around regarding peace, justice and ecological concerns. The JPIC Core Committee invites you to join us for an outstanding Season of Creation. Each week we will unveil a key part of our upcoming projects that will bind us even more deeply into the web of life. We will present our goals and aspirations for the year, offering information and small activities to assist you in becoming engaged in the various topics. In the months to follow we will unpack each of the themes and provide opportunities for all to participate in actions and dialogues that will enable us to contribute the fruits from our commitments to care for our common home and going to the peripheries to global movements of change. Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator

We Welcome You To Attend A Joyous Presentation on the Life and Mission of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Daring To Dream A New World Into Being by Kathleen Deignan, CND, Saturday, November 2, 2019, St. Paul University, Ottawa, 233 Main Street, Laframboise Hall-L120. Registration 8:45 am (coffee) Presentation 9:15 am - 12:30 pm – followed by lunch. Registration in advance before October 18: Clara Nasello, CND & Nina Glinski, CND



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