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World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life: 25 years ago, Pope St. John Paul II called for consecrated life to be recognized and promoted throughout the universal church. This is celebrated on February 2. At Andrews of Charlottetown, we observed the day with a special prayer service in which we thanked God for having called us and prayed for the hurting people on the peripheries, as well as for our sisters. This was followed by a social hour which included refreshments and sharing of community life stories.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

CND Sisters and Associates attended the CTV Mass for Shut-Ins, January 10,2021 at Our Lady of Fatima Church to honour the Feast day of Saint Marguerite. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Bill Burke and Deacon Lorne MacNeil, New Victoria Associate Mary MacKenzie was the lector and Pat Moore was the mu­sic minister. If you missed viewing this mass on CTV, it can be viewed on YouTube Diocese of Anti­gonish.

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A Faith-Based Vision for the United Nations at 75 and Beyond

In October 2020, the United Nations System celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding. To mark this momentous occasion, several members of the community that represents Catholic Religious congregations, including Patricia Flattery, CND, came together to craft practical recommendations as to how the UN System could move forward from this fraught moment to “build back better” than it was before.

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General Conference 2021

The members of the General Conference met by Zoom, January 19-21, for a period of 4-5 hours each day. The time of day or night depended on the time zone of the province or region where we live.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

The Congregation de Notre-Dame Blessed Sacrament Province Sustainability Committee offered an interprovincial ZOOM Gathering on Sunday, January 24. Over 50 sisters and associates joined in. What a blessed opportunity to share insights, to see friends and companions and meet new Congregation de Notre-Dame connections. We had a large group together-time and two opportunities for small group sharing.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys January 12, 2021

The Halifax Sisters and Associates came together in our own homes to celebrate St. Marguerite’s Feast this year. It was different in that previous years we celebrated with parishioners from St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish.  In spite of our reality, we were grateful that many of us in Halifax were able to come together on Zoom thanks to Sister Connie.

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Ignatian Spirituality Project, Walking each other Home

There is a popular saying we hear today that “on the journey of life we are all just walking each other home.” One of the great privileges in my life is walking with women and men on the margins of society with the Ignatian Spirituality Project: A ministry with people who have experienced some form of homelessness in their lives, whether that is living rough on the streets, being lost in addiction, having no significant connections with family and community or having lost a sense of self and place in the world. 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

West Kootenay Associates celebrate Marguerite Bourgeoys

One big highlight in the life of West Kootenay Associates is our annual celebration of Marguerite Bourgeoys on her Feast Day. When we gather on her feast, you can sense the elevated feelings of joy among us, especially as we enter prayer and song, and then afterwards a delicious pot luck meal. This year, with the restrictions, it was different, and there were a few twists but still how wonderful that Zoom permitted us to be together, we could see one another and speak to each other and it was with great joy that we shared a beautiful prayer service we found on the cnd-m.org website (created for Feast Day 2019).

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Statement on the January 6, 2021 Capital Siege

We, Members of the Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Congregation de Notre Dame of Blessed Sacrament Province invite all in our Circles of Ministry and Friendship: our Sisters, Associates, and Collaborators in Mission to a renewed call of our Congregation’s 17th Century Founder, Marguerite Bourgeoys.

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The Complete Album Of “Marguerite” Has Been Released On Spotify

“… the sisters have been on my mind these last few months - I hope this finds you safe and well. What a year this has been! I wanted to share some wonderful news: the original cast album of Marguerite (featuring every word, lyric, and note of music!) will be released digitally. The cast album will soon be made available to stream on Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify - and then physically released - on CD - in January 2021 by Broadway Records. …. Thank you so much again for your support, prayers, and championing of this project. It has been so many years in the making! We are looking forward to sharing Marguerite’s story with audiences again - once we are allowed to safely gather and sing! I’m just thrilled with this recording and hope you and the sisters will enjoy listening to Cady’s breathtaking performance. Always, Michael Cooper

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Living with COVID-19 at deSève Residence

Towards the end of March 2020, we at deSève Residence, the seven of us then, realized that confinement would be our lot for some time. We also came to see that this could be for us a God-send, in that we would have extra time for reading, prayer and reflection. God had a plan; we would try to make it our own.

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CND Associate Relationship Newsletter Visitation East January 2021

It was a “St. Marguerite Visitation Spirituality” at its best. A pre-arranged meeting was held on Dec. 28, 2020 at MacGillivray Health Care Centre with Sisters Catherine MacPhee (age 105) and Sister Mary Cecilia MacDonald (age 98). These Sisters were in excellent health and spirit. Thank you to the staff for the wonderful care of our CND Sisters.

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Love as a far more difficult life choice

January Article for The RI Catholic by Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND

It’s easy to hate. Truth can be ignored, facts dismissed, decency overlooked. Of course, the consequences of hate are not easy. It leads to total isolation, endless hurt to others. Life becomes a hell where no one is trusted beyond his or her own self-interests; people become commodities to be used or discarded at will. Everything and everyone has a price. Hatred unleashed takes on a life of its own. It changes our lives and the lives of those around us.

On the other side is love – a very different and far more difficult life choice. Snap judgements and easy answers no longer fit where love is concerned. Truth must be searched for and wrestled with every single day. Other people are valued only for who they are in the eyes of God, not for how much we need them or can use them. Love unleashed also takes on a life of its own. It changes us and all our relationships and choices.

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Sister Agnès NGO NKEN perpetual vows

Advent Service 2020

“Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope…It is the beautiful task of advent to awaken in all of us the memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.”

- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which is Above, 1986

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Last Sunday we celebrated Mary Meagher and Monica Branchaud’s Birthdays in grand style! This time the “invited guests” were the sisters from Marian 1 and 2. It was wonderful being together sharing stories. Mary recalled with much delight some of her childhood memories on the farm.  Monica was happy to be there with everyone. It was one of her first celebrations in Kingston. We kept our distance as we chatted and enjoyed some cheer and cake. When it came time for the photo, we momentarily got a little closer and took off our masks! Yet, in spite of these restrictions, as always “a good time was had by all”! 

Marijke Gerretsen, CND

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New from Maria Province, Japan

Diamond Jubilee celebrations

This year on November 21 the Silver and Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Sister Atsuko Nakamoto (25 years) and Sisters Kayoko Shibata, Yoko Sato were held at Hanazono cho convent. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Tetsuo Hiraga and Father Charles Bolduc. Congratulations!

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COVID-19 outbreak at Résidence Bon-Secours

The Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame confirm that 64 sisters and 28 employees at Résidence Bon-Secours have tested positive for COVID-19. Located in Montreal, Résidence Bon-Secours is an infirmary for older sisters or those with a more fragile health. All necessary health protocols were implemented to treat the sick and best protect the residents and staff members.

We are fully confident in the ability of the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, members of the Résidence Bon-Secours crisis centre, regular staff working overtime and members of the Red Cross. May all these individuals be kindly thanked for their dedication. Our prayers are with them.

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Actions during Covid Time in Maria Province (Japan)

We sent approximately 70 greeting cards to members of the Tsukuba church. They expressed their pleasure at receiving the cards while they were isolated at home.

We posted an English children’s picture book on YouTube. https://youtu.be/b2IfznZituA

The title is Granma, Granma I am dying to see you! It is the story of a little girl who wishes to visit her grandmother at a nursing home during the pandemic. Her mother explains to her that it is not safe to do so at this time and provides her with an explanation of what a virus is and how it spreads. This story was created to help children understand why they needed to stay home when Japan was in lockdown.

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4th Sunday of Advent

Faithful to the grace of our contemplative stance, we choose to live

with deeper understanding and intentionality, responding in hope

to the cry of the periphery in our daily lives.

These words have been our constant companion for the past five years, words which reflect the same message spoken repeatedly in our Advent liturgies reminding us to value “the moment” by being alert, being fully awake to, being conscious of, the power of a moment and our response to it.

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