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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

The fall is a wonderful time for a walk in the woods, and on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11, almost 30 sisters and associates did just that, although virtually. “Roots and Fruits: Growing Together for the Life of the World,” was the theme of this year’s Howe Island Virtual Gathering. Based on inspiration from the TV Ontario documentary, “Borealis” and facilitated by Ann Gotfryd, we considered the trees and most especially the forest and how mystically amazing its unforgettable music sings to us of the interconnectedness of creation. We reflected on what motivates and nourishes us and how that nourishment can be brought to the world. We considered how a forest cultivates new growth. Jacqueline Fehlner and Mary Myers provided insight into the General and Provincial Chapters and we spent time considering the new orientation and the growth and change we must consider as a result.

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Visitation Province Leadership Team [2017-2021]

We are happy to announce the Visitation Province Leadership Team [2021-2025]. 

Rebecca McKenna, CND Province Leader 

Maureen Baldwin, CND Associate to Province Leader 

Karen Kelly, CND Councillor 

Donna McInnis, CND Province Bursar / Councillor for Finance & Administration 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

A Special Visitation Moment in Kingston

On Tuesday, August 24, Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters at Providence Mother House in Kingston received a special visit from Sister Becky McKenna. Sister Becky was on vacation in Ottawa and decided to come to Kingston to see us after such a long time had passed since she had been able to come. We all gathered in the gazebo on the spacious and verdant grounds on a very warm and humid afternoon. For us, it was an Emmaus moment as we listened to Becky describe to us her experience of the General Chapter. Among the facts and different topics of the Chapter discussions, Becky shared with us the spirit of the Chapter. As she spoke of the spirit of openness, and the expressions of joy, enthusiasm and hope that informed the experience, our hearts too were burning within us with same spirit. She explained to us that the meaning of interculturality was approached in a broader sense to include intergenerational living, inter community experience and our connection with international and multicultural persons within our own living situation. Needless to say, we all came away from this visitation encounter with deep appreciation and gratitude to Becky for having taken the time to come to us.

Eleanor Monahan, CND

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Students from Mount Carmel Elementary School Waterbury CT: Walking in the Footsteps of Laudato Si

This year Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Waterbury, Ct, grades Pre-K 3 to 8, will be working hard at learning Laudato Si and putting its principles into practice. Every child from grades 1-8 has a notebook where they will write their activities and thoughts about caring for our common home. Every two weeks they engage in a new practice.  This first week they are studying and learning about “A Place Called Home, Pope Francis’ theme for the Month of Creation.

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Live the present moment as a wonderful gift…

No two days are the same. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift,” as Eleanor Roosevelt said. Two days ago, as I do almost once a month, I went to the municipal garbage dump of Santa Barbara. It is worth mentioning that we pay for garbage collection, but we do not have this service.

Since my first visit to the garbage dump, I am always deeply shocked to see how people live off garbage, but this day was different... I cannot describe the impact it had on me. You may be wondering why, if it is the same place, what was different? The difference is perhaps that the first time I went my eyes did not see this reality as painfully as I experienced it this time. Maybe because that first time it was men doing the work. I say it honestly: when I remember this moment the image comes to me immediately, and my heart is still broken... and crying.

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Petition as part of the COP15 (Biodiversity) and COP26 (Climate)

I am writing to invite you to sign the “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” Petition initiated by GCCM. By this, four requests are presented to the leaders who will attend the international environmental meetings this fall. 

This petition pertains to the COP15 on Biodiversity (October 2021). It will bring together the signatory countries of the Convention on Biodiversity. This includes all countries where we operate except for the United States. The petition also concerns the COP26 which will bring together all the signatory countries of the Paris Agreement. All the countries where the CND operates have signed it. 

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ORIENTATION 2021-2026

Rooted in Jesus Christ, in love and compassion and in contemplative dialogue, we, CND sisters and associates, dare to go further to humanize our relationships and to allow ourselves to be transformed.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

This is the 3rd year for our presence at the Fortress of Louisbourg with Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters and Associates informing tourists of Saint Marguerite’s journey. Lorrette Andrews and Dianne MacAskill had a visit from a PEI Mercy Associate Mary MacLean. Mary is also an ARCAN member.

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Get a good cup of tea

September 24th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, celebrated worldwide in a special way by the Sisters of Mercy. Noted for their work among the poor, the Sisters of Mercy were founded by Catherine McAuley in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland. Known as the “walking nuns,” Catherine and her sisters literally picked up the poor off the streets of Dublin at a time of tremendous poverty and abject human misery, especially for women and children. They sheltered, clothed, educated and fed whoever needed care.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province (USA)

On August 15th, Regina DeVitto celebrated her Golden Jubilee at Our Lady at St. Germain Parish in Oak Lawn, Chicago. The beautiful liturgy was followed by a luncheon hosted by Pastor and long-time friend Fr. Tom Cabala. She is joined here by Kay Powers, Fr. Tom, Darleen Mayo, and Betty Kehoe.

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Sister Joan Curtin Named Vicar for Religious for the Archdiocese of New York

Sister Joan Curtin has been named Vicar for Religious for the Archdiocese of New York. We are grateful that she is willing to let her gifts be used in this way for the service of the Church.

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Election of the New Leadership Team

The Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame who have been gathered by videoconference in General Chapter since July 26, are happy to announce the election of their new leadership team for a five (5) year term.

  • Sister Ona B. Bessette, Congregation Leader
  • Sister Ercilia J. Ferrera Erazo, Councillor, Associate to the Congregation Leader
  • Sister Sophie Mbougoum, Councillor
  • Sister Yoko Ikeda, Councillor
  • Sister Marijke Gerretsen, Councillor

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Election of the New Congregation Leader

The Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame who have been gathered by videoconference in General Chapter since July 26, are happy to announce the election of their new leader for a five (5) year term: Sister Ona B. Bessette, CND. Magnificat!

Everyone Needs Soul Food

Even though there is a constant barrage of reports about a return to in person school, with or without masks, it is still only mid-summer. The pity of rushing through August with thoughts of September would be a waste of thirty one days of summer. On the east coast August is often the best of the summer. The ocean water is a bit less cold, the sun is hot and days are long enough to take advantage of early sunrise strolls on the beach and late walks toward sunsets.

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General Chapter – Communication – July 26, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 General Chapter of the CND! We hope to transmit the vibrant spirit with which the sisters and associates greeted one another and entered into the general chapter together for the life of the world.

Read the full text here.

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TOGETHER for the LIFE of the WORLD

Press Release – for immediate distribution

Montreal, July 6, 2021

The Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame de Montréal will gather virtually in General Chapter this summer, from July 26 to August 14, 2021. The meeting, which was initially set to be held at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, will take place by videoconferencing. The delegates will discuss the major orientations of the Congregation for the next five years as well as elect a new Leadership Team.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Thanks to Monica!

The JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation) Core Committee organized a Zoom thank you for Monica Lambton, our coordinator for many years, as she moves on. (Karen Volpe’s skillful assistance is gratefully acknowledged, and we actually succeeded in keeping this event a surprise for Monica!)

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Catholic Media Association Book Award program

The Catholic Media Association congratulates all winners of the 2021 Book Award program. 

The Winner’s List for the 2021 CMA Gabriel Awards was released on Thursday June 10, 2021. 

This program recognizes the outstanding work of publishers, authors, and book editors. These books promote exceptional Catholic material to the public, and their writing support readers in their journey to live a faith-filled life. 

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New Leadership Team – Blessed Sacrament Province

From left to right: Sisters Eileen, Joan, Jackie, Nancy, Mary Anne

Province Leader – Mary Anne Foley

Associate – Jaculyn Hanrahan

Part-time Councillors: Joan Curtin, Nancy Downing, Eileen Good

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Opening of a new mission in Chalatenango

On the day of the celebration of the 401st anniversary of the birth of our beloved St. Marguerite, we lived the common experience of opening a new mission in Chalatenango. A moment full of enthusiasm, a time of faith, and a light of hope in this time of pandemic.

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