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From Our Leadership Team

We are very happy to welcome Sister Motoko Takahashi from Maria Province. She will arrive in New York on April 4 and begin a year of English study soon after, while living at St. Jean’s. Yoku irasshaimase, Motoko –san!

ASSOCIATE NEWS – Sr. Joan Mahoney & Donna Wuhrer

CORE Committee Meeting March 2-4, Wilton, CT:

The Associate CORE Committee met to continue the work of the Strategic Plan that was approved at the October 20-22, 2017 Assembly. Because it snowed, videoconferencing enabled us all to meet. Sr. Ann Perrin listened to our discussions and gave us valuable feedback. Sr. Mary Anne Foley, Associate to the Provincial Leader and Liaison to Associate Relationship, joined us on Sunday.

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Lenten Reflection for March 18, 2018

I am Alicia, an Associate from the Kankakee, Illinois area, which is about 60 miles south of Chicago. This area is rich in Congregation de Notre-Dame history, beginning with the first CND mission outside of Canada in 1860. I first met the CND sisters at Bishop McNamara High School, where I graduated in 1970. On May 5th, I will celebrate my 5-year anniversary as an Associate.

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Closing the Villa Maria College Music School

Villa Maria College recently announced that its private music school will close at the end of this school year. Les Sœurs de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame, founders of the high school, acknowledge the quality of the analysis performed by Villa Maria’s administration for the purposes of decision-making leading up to this announcement. They support the decision and have every confidence in the school’s director, Ms. Marie-Anna Bacchi, who also has the support of the college’s board of directors for the sound management of the school. The field of education is constantly evolving in order to better meet society’s changing realities. Since the 19th century, Villa Maria’s academic curriculum has always known how to adapt in order to fulfill the needs of the students, their parents and the teaching staff. Some decisions are difficult to make: change always involves taking a step into the unknown. Villa Maria continues to advance with confidence and to believe in the potential of its young students. It is for them that we must innovate and explore new avenues.

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