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Visitation East Associates_May Newsletter

The Spring ARCAN (Atlantic Religious Congregations and Associates Network) meetings took place via Zoom on April 16-17, 2021. Visitation Province East Congregation of Notre Dame Associate Coordinators, Dianne and Theresa Ann were in attendance along with Sisters and Associates of seven other Congregational Groups. ARCAN emerged in the hearts of Sister Alma MacLellan, CND, and Congregation of Notre Dame Associate Peg in Pictou, N.S. in 2002. ARCAN Vision: ARCAN's vision is to be a mutually supportive network of associates and sisters in Atlantic Canada living a new and dynamic expression of religious life and spiritual meaning for the 21st Century, supporting and inviting each other to a wider embrace of Gospel values, and living a commitment of Love, in relationship with all creation. ARCAN Mission: Rooted in Gospel values and inspired by the charisms of our religious congregations, the mission of ARCAN is to provide a supportive network for sisters and associates from Atlantic Canada that is committed to adult learning, inclusive actions, embracing diversity, along with an awareness of the new consciousness that all life is sacred and connected.

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A person is a child of God no matter the circumstances of his or her life

This article was first published by The Rhode Island Catholic.

Rites of spring go as far back in history as we know it. Myths and legends, May poles and dancing celebrate the longer days and warmer temperatures. The first sight of budding trees and flowers sprouting up, while snow still covers the ground, gives the promise of spring in all its beauty. Even Scripture delights in the season:

“See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.” (Song of Songs 2:11-13)

The blossoming fruit trees are such a gift to all our senses. Tulips and daffodils are not just a luxury of the suburbs or the country. City homes have window boxes or a small patch of green with the flowers standing tall and leaning toward the sun. Musicians and artists have composed and performed, drawn and painted their experiences and reactions to spring’s abundance of beauty.

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News from Visitation Province

Our Celebration of Earth Day was a special one at Andrews. All the residents were conscious of this day as they witnessed the colorful and meaningful display of "our common home" near the front entrance. Beside this beautiful display prepared by our Director of Activities, Jackie Vanderzwaag, was an Information Sheet for everybody, describing the ways in which we might honour and continue to celebrate Earth Day every day of our lives. The Sisters were happy to share with everybody our large earth ball.

During our Evening Prayer, prepared by Sr. Anne T. Gillis, Sisters continued our celebration with a special prayer honouring the gifts of life which we receive from our earth. The display was prepared by Sr. Marie Gaudet.

Marie Hagen, CND

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