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Official Visit to Maria Province Sisters

April 22: Welcome Ceremony – Meiji Gakuen

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Open House at the Mother House

Come and meet us!

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Photo: Sisters Lorraine Costello, Regina McQuaid, Eleanor McCloskey,  Eileen McQuaid, Marijke Gerretsen, Dolores Kennedy

Vocation Formation Resource team

"Do you remember the last time you opened a door? Probably not! Doors are a natural part of daily life. We rarely notice the movement of passing through the space they allow for our coming and goings.

Think of the physical door that is part of your life, particularly the ones since you awoke this morning. Undoubtedly there are many. A door can connect us to events and people.

This Sunday April 22 is World Day of Vocations. The Holy Father said 2018 is a special year for vocations, because the Synod of Bishops will reflect on young people, especially "the relationship between young people, faith and vocation." The pope invites us to open the doors of our lives reflecting on three aspects of every vocation: listening, discerning and living.

“VOCATION IS TODAY! THE CHRISTIAN MISSION IS NOW"

(Pope Francis)

Sisters Becky, Gwen, Joan, Jo, Sheila and Sue

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Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day

Earth Day 2018: This year's theme is End Plastic Pollution. Individuals, groups and schools can get more information on the extent of the problem and concrete actions they can take at https://www.earthday.org. Montreal, Victoria and other municipalities have banned plastic bags and Vancouver and other municipalities are taking steps to ban single use plastics such as take-out drink and food containers. Plastic doesn't compost so "recycled" plastic ends up in landfill

Earth Day is probably the largest civic observance in the world now, observed in some 195 countries. This is a day to enjoy fresh air, contact with soil, and touching nature in some way. Gratitude for nature and a desire to appreciate the natural world help all of us to live with more joy.

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Mission Day

This year, at the invitation of the General Council, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame’s Mother House sisters and staff assembled to celebrate Mission Day on the theme of “The Common Home.” This day, April 17, highlights the birthday of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, the Congregation’s foundress. What better way to wish her a happy birthday than to deepen our understanding of her mission?

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Movie recommandation: Love, Simon

Love, Simon is entertaining, funny in spots and reflective at times.  It’s a story about a young man – a rather privileged affluent teen, with a good home, a stable family, and a secret he hasn’t shared.  He’s gay, and he lives with the not uncommon fear that he may not be accepted in society.  The characters resemble people we teachers (and one-time students?) can recognize – the class-mates, the principal, the drama teacher, the kid sister – and we walk with Simon through his days of seeking to be his real self, even while he experiences a loneliness and a fear of revelation of that real self.  Teachers, and parents of teens and tweens, would do well to see this film.  The world is becoming more tolerant of differences and this movie is gentle, leading to a happy ending and an at-peace Simon, comfortable and confident in counting the days to graduation and whatever will come after that.

 

 

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Ignatian Spirituality

Sister Maureen Baldwin and three team members met at St. Joseph Retreat Center in Cobourg, Ontario, to facilitate a weekend retreat, April 6-8. The retreat is an initiative of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, which seeks to introduce the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius to people with experience of homelessness. Twelve women, who have such experience in their lives, participated in the retreat. Everyone was happy with the event.

 

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Bringing Chapter Home

A small but mighty group gathered in Fredericton on Saturday, April 7. An April snowstorm (yes, really!) kept most of our out-of-town associates away from our gathering led by Sister Maureen MacIsaac. This was our first visit from Sister Maureen, who enjoyed welcoming a former Sydney associate among us; Eleanor MacDonald joined us, with her daughter Nancy. Pictured above: (back row) Eleanor MacDonald, Carole Dillworth, Marilyn Rowan, Sister Eleanor, Geraldine Gordon- a Miramichi member, Edith Corbett, Nancy MacKay and Sister Karen. Front row: Sister Maureen, Merla Spires and Marjorie Allison- Ross. We enjoyed our sharing time together and later moved to the dining-room (Fredericton Inn) for lunch and animated social time – new people with our “regulars.” We are grateful to Maureen, our visiting facilitator, and to Karen, for technology.

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Welcoming Sister Motoko, CND, in New York City

Sr. Motoko Takahashi is now living with us at St. Jean Baptiste in New York.

Back row: Ann Conlon, Motoko, Mary Caplice –

Seated: Ann Marie Levangie, Rosemary Cianciolo,

Alla Anne Boyle  

photographer – Maria Cassano

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Regional Chapter 2018, Notre-Dame-des-Apôtres, Cameroon

Our Regional Chapter began with a beautiful Eucharistic celebration led by the members of the liturgical committee. Through songs of different languages and colors, we lived a multilingual and intercultural experience, an image of the diversity of the members of our Region.

In her word of welcome, Sr. Minkada Brigitte introduced Father Armand Fessi celebrant of our beautiful Eucharistic celebration and animator of the two retreat days which will begin our Chapter. He is a man of experience both in religious life and in the life of the church.

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Movie: The Leisure Seeker

This movie is not receiving great reviews, in spite of its star performers. It is funny, great one-liners exchanged between the aging still-in-love couple. We see the truly total dedication required in care-giving with someone going through ever-deepening memory loss. In discussing the film with reviewers, the actors point out that respect for the person, the whole person, can be difficult to keep uppermost in everyday life. I liked the way Helen’s character kept working at this for her husband. Their relationship appeared genuine – happy at times, persistent in showing their love for each other, and trying at times, while they struggled to cope.

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Sister Mary Jane Leonard, CND, receives award for contribution as volunteer

In a special award ceremony held at the Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto on Monday, March 26, 2018, our Sister Mary Jane Leonard received acknowledgment and recognition of her 20 years as a volunteer in the palliative care unit at St Michael’s hospital in Toronto. The inspiring award ceremony, ‘in the heart of the community,’ sponsored by the Province of Ontario, honoured many volunteers in a wide variety of social service organizations with a symbolic customized trillium pin and personalized certificate. This remarkable and diverse group of intergenerational volunteers have given invaluable support to social, religious, educational, health, cultural, historical, intercultural and interfaith concerns. The room held an incredible 2700 years of volunteer service in the centre of the city! Volunteers had their picture taken with MPP Han Dong of the Trinity-Spadina riding. Congratulations Mary Jane, we are so proud of your journey to this very significant periphery!

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Earth Hour

Earth Hour was Saturday, March 24. Reports this week indicate that Canada’s participation in some cities was lower this year than usual. Maybe some of us forgot this year about the challenge from World Wildlife Fund to do without electric lights for an hour? The call went out and it did happen. At 8:30 p.m., lights were switched off; porch lights, as well as landmarks, went dark in observance of Earth Hour, a global call for international unity on the importance of addressing climate change. Since beginning in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has been honoured in some 180 countries. It has never been more urgent than now to recognize and address climate change.

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A Nun’s Life Ministry visit to the Congrégation de Notre-Dame

A Nun’s Life Ministry visits the Congrégation de Notre-Dame on a Motherhouse Road Trip, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island—Canada. The road trip combines social media and in-person events in innovative ways to engage with people about God, faith, and religious life. 

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AN EASTER STORY (based on John 20:1-18)

“I have seen the Lord.”

Yes, those are the words I said to Peter and the others. I am not sure they believed me. It probably would have been more appropriate if Jesus had revealed himself to the one chosen by him to be the “Rock” or to his best friend, John. It is not every day that someone rises from the dead. And sometimes our eyes deceive us.

But let me go back to the beginning to help you understand.

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St. Gregory the Great Taize prayers to be telecast during Holy week

SHALOM WORLD, a global network whose mission is evangelization, contacted St. Gregory the Great and asked to record one of our monthly Taize prayers. In addition to the music it also features the icons of Joseph Malham, our iconographer-in-residence. We were told it would be telecast during Holy Week. If you are interested in listening the website is: www.shalomworld.org

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Thank you, Dr. King

The rain was torrential. The sanitation worker was in the yard standing near his truck, waiting to begin his route. In an attempt to get out of the downpour, he jumped into the back of the truck, since going inside the building was not an option. It was Memphis, Tennessee and the sanitation worker was black, thus barred from the terminal reserved for the white workers. Without knowing anyone was in the back of the truck, another worker pushed the button to activate the closing and locking of the back of the truck. Even though it was empty the locking automatically caused the crushing mechanism inside to start. The black worker was crushed to death in minutes.

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Celebrating Marguerite and the Earth

Holy Angel’s, Sydney

Submitted by Theresa Ann MacNeil

Our group had a lovely Associate meeting on February 18 at Sr. Theresa’s apartment.

Sr. Mary Corbett presented a video, “Laudato Si ... A Canadian Response”. This video’s focus was on the Care of our Common Home. As children of God we have a responsibility to care for all of creation and to protect the Earth for the future generations. Through programs such as "Give It Up For The Earth" we become educated and aware of our responsibility to keep God’s creation from being destroyed by ignorance and human error.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Welcome Home Debbie!!

On behalf of the sisters in Visitation Province, we extend a warm homecoming to you, Debbie.

We hope that these past three months of exploring ministry in Sierra Leone proved to be inspirational, as well as a time of deepening God’s call. We were deeply touched by your monthly updates describing the struggle and beauty in Sierra Leone.

We ask God and St. Marguerite to bless you and your next courageous steps in response to this call.

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Birthdays and gatherings!

Kingston Celebrates: March is a special month for the Sisters of Kingston. We celebrate five birthdays, St. Patrick’s Day and the feast of St. Joseph. Beginning on March 16th a number of the sisters met at 25 Mackenzie to anticipate St. Patrick’s Day and the birthday of our own Sr. Pat Arsenault. The following day on March 17th we gathered at the Providence Motherhouse to celebrate all things Irish plus Sisters Grace Martin, Emily Doherty, Ruth Penny, Josephine Nestman and Pat Arsenault. It was a glorious gathering, as everyone went green and participated in songs, jokes, cake and a touch of the “creature”. March 19th we came together again with the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph to celebrate their paternal feast day with a lovely prayer and festive supper. Now we are settling down to complete our Lent.

Marijke Gerretsen, CND

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