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April 16 – Feast Day of the Patron Saint of the Homeless

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame’s mission statement includes the following inspiring and thought provoking lines: In today’s world, we commit ourselves to live simply and closer to the reality of the impoverished, the excluded and the oppressed.[1] April 16 is the feast day of a saint who turned his back on his comfortable life to become himself a mendicant, and thus become the patron saint of the homeless.

 

[1] 2011-2016 Chapter booklet, p. 8

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A “Good Samaritan” from Mabou NS.

The past weekend we went to NB for our granddaughter's birthday. Friday morning we received a call from a neighbour asking what time we planned to leave because she was making a lunch for us to have on our trip. She arrived and left our surprise package in the car...

Sister Ellen Hickey

Although I did not live with her or teach with her or attend her classes, I feel privileged to have known her brilliant mind and sparkling personality in her final years even though old age was taking its toll. Meeting her was like stepping into a warm sunbeam. She was always upbeat, smiling, greeting me warmly and reciting some lines from a song or poem and always with the remarkable ability to make you laugh...

 

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