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Kamloops associates gathered on Sunday, September 28, a sunny warm fall day, for a retreat presented by Sr. Nancy Hurren, CND and Pat Weicker, Visitation West co-coordinators. The day focused on Pope Frances' encyclical "The Joy of the Gospel" which invites us all to live more simply and in greater solidarity with the poor. There was time for reflection, prayer, sharing and visitation and everyone reflected that they came away from the day spiritually nourished and refreshed. We were introduced to a 14-step program, "The Joy of Just Living" developed by Bill Huebsch which can be used during the year to help us discover the joy of just living simply, just living happily, living justly so that others may also live.

2014 Intergeneration Week-PEI

The purpose of this week was focused on bringing generations of people together. To celebrate this week, the Seniors’ Secretariat launched a contest in PEI. The idea was to submit stories about RESPECT to help people of all generations learn more about other generations. The Secretariat believes that people of all ages can develop greater respect for one another. Prizes were awarded to the top three winners across the province. Sister Réjeanne Bourque was the 2nd place winner for her story “Little Sam’s Respect for Seniors” (actually a real happening). The prize and certificate were presented by Mary Hughes, chair of the Seniors’ Secretariat for PEI. Little Sam and his family were present for the occasion. Congratulations, Sister Réjeanne!


I am not sure about all of my companions, but I know I am still marching. September 21 was a marvelous and grace-filled day. Being part of such a peaceful mass of people whose intention was to change the patterns of our treatment of creation was just exhilarating. To do so in such good company was an extra benefit. We were so conscious that we were marching in the name of all of us: Sisters, Associates, Friends, Colleagues, and Students. We made the Congregation of Notre Dame present in an historic event.

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