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Office of Mission Advancement News

In the past two months, I have enjoyed learning about the Congregation of Notre Dame charism and ministries. To further the work of this office I have:

  • Identified our major donors and learned about their Congregation of Notre Dame connection
  • Identified our most loyal donors, of whom we have many (these individuals are the top prospects for our monthly giving society, Visitation Companions, as well as for planned gifts)
  • Created a weekly schedule of thank you calls to donors
  • Familiarized myself with the database
  • Created a new design for our newsletter and submitted to the printer on schedule; mailing date is March 26
  • Inaugurated a special report from the Provincial to accompany the newsletters of our major donors, Legacy Society members, Advisory Committee members, and Visitation Companions
  • Written a new letter to Visitation Companions to accompany their Lenten booklets
  • Begun writing a general case for support and table of needs that will inform our appeal letters and newsletters going forward
  • Begun gathering information for our spring appeal
  • Set up a weekly Facebook posting schedule

If you have ideas for what we can do to enhance our rapport with our donors and supporters, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kankakee Associate Community And Fukushima

In addition to writing and receiving letters from Associates in Fukushima, Japan, the Kankakee, IL Associates have raised money for our Sisters’ projects. They put announcements describing the situation in Fukushima and requesting a donation in the parishes in the Kankakee area. So far, they have received $460.00 for our Sisters’ ministries with children and other people in the area whose lives were so disrupted by the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. 

Associate Communities Discuss Climate Change


L-R Sitting: Sr. Anne Seeley, Evette Contreas, Sr. Mary Jane Hebert, Sr. Margaret Giroux
L-R Middle Row: Sharon Norton, Sebastiana Leon, Baldomero Ahucatitan
L-R Back Row: Magdalena Centeno, Arcadia Ramirez, Janice Amitrano, Ellen Boegel, Patricia Bramwell (guest)


During their Lenten gatherings, Associate Communities are using the booklet “Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion” provided by Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan’s Office of Peace and Justice. The picture above is of the Staten Island Community meeting in the Library of Notre Dame Academy. Items on the table represent individual’s symbol of the earth that is precious to that person. At the Wilton Associate Gathering and during the Associate community that meets by conference call, water in some form, ocean, lake, waterfall, was the symbol for many. An Associate Candidate at Wilton spoke of the Big Bang as “God’s explosion of love”. For many, the conversation was eye opening and moved them to deepen their commitment to care for the earth.

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