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Lourdes: Feast of Marguerite… And a Vocation Ministry Insight

Everyone at the SSND residence in Wilton shared the joy of January 12, 2016. The sisters from Lourdes joined the larger community in the chapel. As usual, our “Notre Dame” sisters there welcomed us with their usual generous warmth and joy. At the Liturgy, Lectors were Mary Anne Powers, CND, and Pat Flattery, CND, and the homily was preached by Joan Mahoney, CND. The topic was Marguerite’s joy, and Joan delivered the homily in that same spirit. Sr. Mary Ann Rossi composed and read the Prayers of the Faithful. We prayed for Sr. Denise Conway, CND, on her birthday and remembered sisters Joan Annello and Rose Marie Duffy on the anniversary of their deaths. Sr. Marylou Lyons and Sr. Sue Poulin were Eucharistic Ministers and Sr. Mary Ann Calabrese was the coordinator of it all with her usual grace. After Mass, CND sisters and associates gathered in the Leclerc dining room for coffee and pastry. 

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Vocation News

Recently, a group of Congregation of Notre Dame sisters in the Norwalk area joined Sr. Sally Norcross at St Matthew Church, Sally’s parish, for a session of the “Underground Church.” The type of worship offered at these gatherings seems to attract young adults, so we went. I had invited Karen, a young woman (19 years old) from Sisters Pat McCarthy and Rose Mary Sullivan’s parish to join us there. She came with a few of her friends. We share our experiences and theirs because it seems to show the different styles of spirituality between the generations! At one of our General Chapters, the question was asked about Vocation Ministry: “What oceans do we need to cross to reach women who may be called to Religious Life?” I believe that being open to different types of spirituality and prayer may be one of them!! Let us tell you about the evening.

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Peace & Justice News

Sisters and associates, please take note of two major movements towards change in our U.S. criminal justice systems. They are also two of our Province Corporate Stands. First, there is an increasing call for the end of the death penalty across our nation. I invite you to find a way to participate in this movement. I am emailing you a Continuum of Actions for your consideration. It is not exhaustive but it is a beginning. Choose something(s) you can do to hasten the end of the death penalty. If you create your own action, let me know what it is and I’ll offer it as an addition to the Continuum. This is a very promising time to abolish the Death Penalty; let’s not waste it. 

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