Your browser is not Javascript enable or you have turn it off. We recommend you to activate for better security reasonNews from Blessed Sacrament Province

Home > News > Story

News from Blessed Sacrament Province

Blessed Sacrament Province

Photo: Sister Josephine Badali presented Sister Carolyn Kinnamon with her Jubilee pin.
Sister Carolyn was unable to attend the Montreal celebration in May.

“Nothing is inherently and invincibly young except spirit, and spirit can enter a human being perhaps better in the quiet of old age and swell there more undisturbed than in the turmoil of adventure.”  

George Santayana

Andrus Update: The sisters at Andrus welcomed the members of the General Conference on Monday, June 8th, for Mass and a delicious dinner. Following the dinner they gave the visitors tours of Andrus. As if that wasn't enough, later in the afternoon, they gathered to celebrate Sr. Dorothy O'Brien's birthday. The next day, June 9th, the sisters again gathered to wish Dorothy well as she moved to Lourdes Health Care in Wilton. Let us remember Dorothy in prayer as she settles into her new mission. Please also keep in prayer, Sr. Marie Buckley who will be moving to Andrus on June 12th, and for the Congregation of Notre Dame community there who will be welcoming her.

In Preparation For The June 18, 2015 Proclamation Of Pope Francis Encyclical:

Do this today: Let me know when you have completed these three actions! Thanks! Jackie Hanrahan

  1. View and Like the Congregation of Notre Dame Creation Collaborators Page on Facebook.
  2. Go to - get started. Take the Pledge (if you haven’t already done so ) and finish the three steps you can take right away. You can do this as one or as a household. Complete both these activities.
  3. Go to: and watch trailer for June 14 2015. Good for the Diocese of Brooklyn! It has produced a fabulous encyclical documentary titled CUSTODY + CREATION. The film includes an interview with Covenant Executive Director Dan Misleh, among other Catholic experts, and will debut on June 14. The Diocese has released two trailers of the film: Trailer 1 and Trailer 2

Greetings From Cameroon: Though you are reading this message after the feast of the Visitation, please know that I was united with you in prayer and spirit in your various celebrations. I returned home from my retreat in nearby Ndop so that we could celebrate the feast before Sr. Agnes had to leave for her last assignment as a student nurse at 6 a.m. on Sunday; Agnes will graduate in August. Our parish priest agreed to celebrate a vigil Mass for us (not a common practice here) so we could renew our vows to together. Happily and as is common, the celebration of the Eucharist was followed by a festive meal which Fr. Charles also enjoyed.

The year of Consecrated Life has been celebrated on the diocesan level and on that of the Ecclesial Province which includes four dioceses. The latter celebration included an overnight given the distances people had to travel to attend the celebration in Bamenda. In our local community, here in Tobin, we used the three aims as given by Pope Francis as the basis of our community presentation at our Regional Assembly held during Easter week. Both our reflection on the Pope’s letter and the preparation of our presentation provided time to share our gratitude for the past, our passion for the present and our hopes for the future – a time of blessing for all.

The OK Clean Water Project continues its transition to becoming an organization recognized by the Cameroonian government and with Cameroonian leadership. Our Advisory Committee met on May 23rd to discuss the steps that need to be taken in this process. One key step, of course, is that the Project achieve a measure of financial sustainability. The Project is fortunate in that it will have a year-long volunteer from Engineers without Borders/Cambridge University to help the OK partner villages meet the criteria established for the villages to continue as OK partners. In addition, we expect a volunteer from Leuven University College in Belgium to help us with capacity building for six months. This transition is a time of major change and challenges.

Our little library continues to be a source of enjoyable learning activities for mostly younger students while the older students try to find time for recreational reading given their many responsibilities in addition to their studies. Thanks to Sr. Mary Ann Rossi we do have a small number of avid readers in our Book Club. The library manages to be open twice a week thanks to the “Assistants” who help. One mother is a regular who knows all the children and follows the borrowing of books very carefully. The other “Assistants” are themselves students who help with the younger children and when needed can handle the checking in and signing out of books – students as young as Class 5. Their sense of responsibility and leadership are truly amazing. The library offers a creative alternative to the school experience which focuses on memorization.

The situation in the Extreme North seems to have improved. We hear fewer stories of attacks on villages and kidnappings. The solidarity of the people remains strong. Thank you for your on-going interest and support. I count on your prayer as we continue our journeys in the footsteps of Marguerite. 

Blessings, Sr. Cathy Molloy, CND


Back to the news index All the news
© Tous droits réservés Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Montréal, Québec, Canada