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UPEI Distinguished and Inspiring Alumni Awards

Sister Noreen MacDonald, CND (far right)

The UPEI Alumni Association was excited to present this years Distinguished and Inspiring Alumni Awards to three very deserving recipients, during Reunion Weekend 2015.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest honour presented by the UPEI Alumni Association. Each year the Alumni Association commemorates one or more of our alumni for their outstanding contributions to knowledge, the arts, the community, the university, or humanity.

The criteria for these awards are based on the University of Prince Edward Island's motto, "faith, knowledge, service".

Distinguished Alumni Award

Noreen MacDonald, CND (SDU' 65)

Sister Noreen has spent her life in the service of others. After teaching and counselling students across Prince Edward Island and around the world for 35 years, she has devoted her retirement to helping youth in Cameroon by establishing schools to meet the needs of the local community. Her extraordinary humanitarian efforts were recognized by the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty by being named as an honorary member.


September FACQs


Our Spirited, 13 year old mission group met in beautiful Mabou on July 26 -30, 2015. Our first day together is always given over to our story telling. During that precious time, reflecting on our past year, we were invited to share an experience of presence, an encounter, or some event that opened us to a new level of consciousness. 

The song "How Then Shall I Live" was our entry into our debriefing of the Provincial Assembly. This space of time proved to be so beneficial as we shared one highlight from the Assembly that would influence our personal response to the big question, "How Then Shall I Live?" 

On behalf of Earth, we took an afternoon in between rain showers to go to the beach. That evening we had the privilege of going to Judique to personally offer our condolences to sister Margaret McDonnell on the occasion of the wake of her brother, Father Malcolm. 

Also, an important feature of our time together is always the sharing on one spiritual book we read during the year. The purpose of this is to introduce us to new and exciting reading material. 

On the last morning, we held a business meeting during which time we made plans for our gathering of next summer. 

Sincere thanks to the Sisters and Staff of Mabou for their wonderful hospitality!!! 

Pauline Dalton on behalf of the Web of Life 

Supersoul Sunday - If you have TV that includes the OWN network, you might want to check out Oprah’s Supersoul Sunday (12 noon – 1 pm Atlantic time). Oprah’s guests are men and women with wisdom and valuable life experience who share their ideas on a wide-ranging variety of topics and deep questions. Oprah’s new season will include Jimmy Carter (Sep. 27), the Dalai Lama, and Malala! 

Eleanor McCloskey, CND 

Questions from around the walls at Assembly 

How is God urging us forward? 

How courageous is our hope? 

Are we opening ourselves to receive the new, the different? 

Joan Lewis, CND 

Sisters Anne T. Gillis and Hermine Bernard – looking forward to helping with meals for hungry students at UPEI as another year begins! 


September 2015 Article for RI Catholic

“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.” With these words Pope Francis begins his announcement of the Year of Mercy. A very small percentage of Catholics ever read the letters or announcements or encyclicals of a Pope. Most learn the message through other ways. In the case of Pope Francis, the words of mercy have been front and center since he became Pope three years ago.

After a March election, Pope Francis spent his first Holy Thursday washing the feet of boys and girls in a detention center in Rome. That photo went viral. Gone was the staged ritual of ceremonial washing of the feet of 12 important men at St. Peter’s. These young people wore jeans and sandals. They were from all faiths. They were looked upon by most as being of no value to society. Pope Francis washed and kissed their feet; and he looked happy to be with them. 

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