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Thanks & Appreciation

We are deeply grateful to our sisters and associates who remembered us on the occasion of our Jubilee Year. Your presence, Mass offerings, letters, cards, emails, and phone messages were a wonderful reminder of the great blessings we share as community. God's fidelity never fails us. Our prayers of gratitude include prayers for all of you.

Sisters Thérèse Arsenault (70), Bernadette Gallant, Réjeanne Bourque, Katherine T. MacDonald, Hermine Bernard and Noreen Hickey (60)

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CND Leadership attend CRC Assembly

From May 24 to 27, 2018, in Montreal, more than 250 men and women religious in leadership from Catholic congregations in Canada attended the 32nd General Assembly of the CRC. Professor Elena Lasida gave the keynote address on the theme “The nights are laden with life. Watcher, what do you say?” 

Elena began her presentation quoting the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans:

 “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now. . . . For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?”  Rom 8:22 and 24

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Visitation Place

Sister Susan Kidd, CND, initiated the idea of Visitation Place in the spring of 2017. She has been committed to the experience of sharing in a faith-filled community living experience with young women.  These women live in half of the duplex while Susan lives in the other.  All are committed to living simply, sharing meals and prayer as well as participating in regular volunteer outreach.

Susan, Chaplain at UPEI, shares her experience of the past year.

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The First Visitation Province Associate Assembly

The First Visitation Province Associate Assembly, “On Fire for Mission”, saw 63 associates and sisters gather at the mother house in late May. The assembly began with a very beautiful and moving opening ritual. One could feel the love for St. Marguerite Borugeoys and the strong desire for carrying out the mission. Sisters Ona Bessette and Josephine Badali led the assembly through a process in which hearts were inflamed. The participants were also blessed to be able to celebrate a beautiful Eucharist at Bon Secours to renew their commitment and vows as associates and sisters, respectively.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Halifax Feast of the Visitation Celebration

Submitted by Halifax Associate Alexa Smith

On May 31st, Halifax area sisters and sssociates gathered at Visitation Centre to celebrate the Feast of Visitation. Sr. Mary led us in prayer and sharing as we reflected on our Journeys and Visitations over the past year. Sisters renewed their vows and associates our commitment. Sr. Maureen, Frankie and Alexa shared with the group some of their experiences from the Associate Assembly: On Fire for Mission, which they attended earlier in the month in Montreal. We ended the evening gathered around the table enjoying stories, friendship and refreshments all in the Spirit of Marguerite Bourgeoys!

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Self-Care Weekend on Howe Island

Last weekend, Ottawa Associates, Bill and Jacqueline, lead us through a journey of discerning, learning and spiritual growth. The pace was excellent, with a well-coordinated team effort alternating from the imaginative art work with Jacquie where we could release the imagination through art and the gentle physical movements where “less is more” with Bill to reawaken an awareness of the nervous system and the possible regenerative neurons work that goes on in the body.

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Associates’ Workshop, June 19, Innisfail, AB

We are feeling blessed in Innisfail because:

  • Anna Rowley presented us with a very informative and thought provoking mini - workshop on Leadership.
  • The Associates from Cranbrook were able to join us for the workshop. Good food and fellowship!
  • Our coordinators Sister Nancy Hurren and Pat Weicker were able to be with us as well.
  • We have had Sister Nancy as coordinator and Associate supporter for a long time!
  • We will now have one of our own, Dolores MacGillivary, as a new coordinator!
  • We hope all the Associates and Sisters have a restful Summer.

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Open House

The Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame with the local sisters of St. Joseph Convent/Renewal Centre, Mabou, invite you to an Open House on Sunday, August 5th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. We look forward to your presence as we gather to give thanks, celebrate, renew friendships, bid farewell and, of course, enjoy a cup of tea. Open mic and local entertainment will be provided. Ciad Mile Failte!

 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Our Conversations of the Heart group has been gathering monthly since February 2012. Our time together includes a check-in, time for contemplative prayer, reflection and dialogue on our designated topic, followed by supper together. Members assume leadership of our gatherings. On Sunday, June 17th, we shifted our place to Montague and our agenda to "feast"! We enjoyed well-cooked lobsters from North Rustico. Even without an agenda, our conversation touched on some current topics – the presence of Buddhist nuns in the Montague area and how we minister to young people in our midst. We enjoyed the warm summertime sky and countryside including the space we had, deck and all. We missed Anne and Noreen and look forward to September's re-grouping.

Susan Kidd, for the group

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Celebrating…

As part of a Narrative Program in the city, Sister Charlotte Lockhart’s friends organized an event on Saturday, June 2nd. A video presentation of Charlotte’s life story was prepared and shown at our church, with many well-wishers on hand. The Narrative Program is a project that gathers family members and friends in celebration of seniors and recognition of their presence and their achievements among us.  

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Ottawa Visitation Gathering

Photo: Sr. Eleanor, Sr. Charlotte, Sr. Karen; Merla Spires, associate; and Marjorie Allison-Ross, associate coordinator

On June 3rd sisters and associates gathered for prayer, sharing reflections, and renewal of vows by the sisters followed by good conversation and a meal. Sister Clara Nasello and Associate Bambina Lemme facilitated the afternoon. We had a special thank you for Sister Louise Dunn for all the work she's done in being able to gather at Serenity Renewal for Families over the years. 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Fort Louisbourg Welcomes Congregation de Notre-Dame Volunteers on Canada Day:  On Friday, June 8th the staff at Fort Louisbourg warmly and energetically welcomed the CND volunteers. They introduced us to the staff on duty and gave a general orientation to the premises. During our walk we met some people who had already begun their summer employment and were in period costume of the persons they represented.  

The day was sunny, windy but not cold. We met a teacher from PEI who had his students do an overnight stay at the fortress (teacher was Joan Marie Chaisson’s nephew). Louisbourg provides 18th century tenting experience or you can sleep inside one of the building.

The volunteers will begin on July 1st as this is the beginning of their peak season.

Connie MacIsaac, CND

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Alberta Associates Feast of the Visitation Celebrations

On May 30TH, in Innisfail, Alberta, CND Sisters Marie Clarkin, Paula Maher and associates gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Visitation. We prayed, shared deeply our lived experiences in addition to the associates renewed their commitment and the sisters their vows. This was followed by conversation, laughter and good treats. The evening ended with the sharing of a token gift to Millie and Earl Hoffos who so graciously hosted our associate meetings for the past number of years. 

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Fredericton Associates

Friday, June 1st, CND associates in Fredericton met at the home of Carole Dilworth. We shared the beautiful reflective prayer prepared for us this year by Blessed Sacrament Province; then enjoyed a feast day meal and lively conversation. 

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A Litany of Saints

In 1985 Fr. Mary Jenco, a Servite priest, was taken hostage in Beirut and held for 19 months, suffering gravely at the hands of a Shiite group. After his return, he traveled around the country speaking of his experiences and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ’s forgiveness of enemies.

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Feast of the Visitation/Jubilee Celebration

On the feast of the Visitation, the PEI Sisters gathered at Andrews of Charlottetown to celebrate our Feast Day and greet our Jubilarians. At the Eucharistic celebration, we renewed our vows in English and French. We enjoyed a delicious lobster dinner with all of the residents at Andrews. Then we gathered in the Community Room to celebrate a Jubilee of Grace (Sister Thérèse Arsenault) and five Diamond Jubilees (Sisters Bernadette Gallant, Réjeanne Bourque, Katherine T. MacDonald, Hermine Bernard and Noreen Hickey). This represents 370 years of consecrated life! Magnificat! On June 10th, the Jubilarians will celebrate with their families. 

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Post-Chapter Gathering

On Saturday May 5th the sisters and associates in the Innisfail area gathered to hear the message from the Provincial Chapter by Sister Becky McKenna and Sister Catherine Walker of the leadership team. It was an inspirational time of prayer, contemplation, and sharing, certainly gift to all of us who were able to attend. Special thanks to both Sister Becky and Sister Catherine.

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Prayer Requests

Dominus Vobiscum Centre for Marriage and Family Retreat in Montreal is having a retreat for single mothers on the weekend of June 24th, the feast of St. Jean Baptist. Single mothers are being brought together to share in fellowship and support within a Catholic context. These moms struggle in isolation to face the challenges of faith, work, and raising a family in a world, both secular and religious, that offers little in the way of spiritual or community support. We are asking sisters and associates to pray that the retreat will be fruitful for these women and those who will journey with them.

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Jubilate Deo... in Laetitia

Jubilate Deo… in Laetitia. These words echo indeed the joyful celebration of Visitation and Jubilees in Kingston on May 31st. The celebration honoured five jubilarians: Sisters Mary Meagher, 75 years, Madelyn Brennan, 70 years, Margaret Walsh, Patricia Arsenault, and Rosemary Shannon, 60 years. During a special Eucharist for the CNDs, the sisters renewed their vows and Father Mac Burke reminded us that these anniversaries added up to 325 years of consecration in religious life and service to the people of God. Following the Mass, each jubilarian was presented with a beautiful rose and a colourful baluchon containing messages from each of the Kingston CNDs expressing her personal appreciation for the special gifts that each jubilarian has brought to the Congregation. Following the celebration, the sisters in the city from all the congregations gathered in the dining room for a delicious, festive dinner of roast beef and all the trimmings. 

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Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, to attend International Ecological Symposium

Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, will be in Greece from June 5-10 to participate in the international ecological symposium "Toward a Greener Attica, Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People".

This international ecological symposium organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate will convene theologians and scientists, political and business leaders, as well as activists and journalists from all over the world. Participants will explore the pressing environmental problems of the region and its islands, examining the connections between ecology and economy, particularly in the context of pressing social and environmental challenges of our time.

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