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The world is on its knees, not in subjugation but in prayer. Government leaders are facing empire building and total disregard for human rights in other leaders. Even shocked middle schoolers are calling it the start of World War III. The agony and suffering of the people of Ukraine is stirring the entire world to empathy. The pictures of them fleeing the country, sleeping in subways, having babies in basements and taking up arms is heart-rending. Always in war, it is the ordinary people who bear the horror of it in their bodies and psyches.

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The Blanket Exercise

"The Blanket Exercise challenged me to confront history as it was never taught in school by calling me to open my heart to a new telling of an old story. It invited me to symbolically walk with the Indigenous people and to face my personal assumptions and feelings about colonialism. For me it was a powerful and emotional journey." Ann Gotfryd, Associate Nowadays, everything pivots - The Blanket Exercise has gone online! To deepen our awareness of the history of our Indigenous peoples, as well as the impact on their current realities, the Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Committee is pleased to announce a session of the now-Virtual Kairos Blanket Exercise. This will take place from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 9th. The cost is $50 per person with a maximum of 40 participants. More information from Kairos at https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/v-kbe/

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Book – I Am Because We Are by Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr

Book – I Am Because We Are by Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr. (2022; House of Amansi Press, Inc. acknowledging financial support from Canada Council of the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Government of Canada.) This is the story of family bonds, Christian values, and educational pursuits resulting in a woman’s tireless efforts to fight systemic corruption in Nigeria. The author, a Nigerian-Canadian, tells the story of her mother, Dora Akunyili, (1954-1972), a pharmacist, professor, and politically effective mover in Nigeria’s power structures. The daughter, after extensive and careful research, writes as if the mother were speaking her own story. The African practice of Ubuntu that emphasizes community over personal good was a huge motivating factor for Dora in her struggles to tackle injustice, crooked maneuvers, and face personal threats.

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Welcome, Christa!

For over three weeks now, Marguerite-Bourgeoys Province has welcomed Christa from Blessed Sacrament Province U.S.). Christa came to live an experience in Montreal as part of her year of apostolic novitiate. It is with joy that the Emmaus Community opened its apartment doors in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood. She will stay there until the end of April.

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Hearing God's Voice

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
"Whom shall I send?  Who will go for us?"
"HERE I AM, I said; SEND ME"
As I reflect on this conversation I
know I have heard the Lord speaking
to me in a variety of ways.
Sometimes it is through signs and symbols,
through scripture, in prayer, a homily or
voice of another.  However, I must admit...

 

 

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Job posting: JPIC Coordinator

We are looking for someone who is passionate about social justice issues; we are asking for applicants from Eastern or Atlantic Canada Time Zones.

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Wellspings of support for vocations Free Webinars

Sister Susan Kidd, CND, will be presenting at the "Religious Life Today: Wellspings of support for vocations" webinar on March 3, sponsored by the National Religious Vocation Conference.

Don't miss it!

Download the complete document
in Acrobat format (.pdf)

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CND Women in Initial Formation

Opinion Piece by Pauline Lally, SP, on Convoy Issues:

This phenomena is no longer about vaccine mandates, though that might have attracted some. Actually, it is about a white supremacy movement which believes they are above democratically elected governments. This movement has been developing since the 90s. It is well fortified with money and infused with conspiracy theories. My Jewish friends, as well as myself, were so very alarmed when yellow stars and swastikas appeared openly in Ottawa last week.

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Recommendations for spiritual resources

Join Dan Schutte on a self-directed virtual Lenten retreat and make the journey from ashes to glory. https://www.danschuttemusic.com/lenten-retreat-individual/

Includes:

  • Twenty-one video presentations by Dan, including three new ones
  • Accessible from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday
  • Downloadable updated retreat workbook-journal
  • Each presentation includes both the reflection and an inspiring song
  • Retreat concludes with optional live Zoom conversation with Dan

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Superbowl VS Homelessness

SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles which host the Super Bowl this year cost $5 billion to construct. It holds from 70,000 to 100,000 people. It was a sellout for the Super Bowl. Aside from fees, which are additional to the price, the average ticket cost $9,496.00. They ranged from $5400.00 to $75,000.00.

The stadium has 260 luxury suites; they hold from eight to thirty-six people. The cost range for those suites is from $200,000.00 to $2,000,000.00.

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“Congregation de Notre-Dame Women are Truly Amazing!!”

Anne Fallon, CND, takes the temperature of every resident, each day at Presentation Manor. Like Mary and Marguerite, Congregation de Notre-Dame sisters never "excuse themselves of any journey when it entails the work of God or work of charity." Anne is a witness to the Visitation: truly a spirituality of service.

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40th Anniversary of Associate Relationship

You are invited to join the Toronto and Beyond Communal Action to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Associate Relationship. Toronto and Beyond associates will be recognizing the anniversary by supporting the work of the Rural Transformation Centre (TRC) in Cameroon.

Committed to caring for our common home through sustainable agriculture production that conserves the natural environment, the Centre operates a native tree nursery and offers agricultural training and education programs. 

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Our Sacred Story: The Eminent Journey to the Center

Dr. Beverly Musgrave began her wonderful session by quoting Richard Rohr reminding us that “God comes to us disguised as our life.” Using our own sacred story, she explored with us the spiritual dimensions of ageing as the unfolding of the divine human drama in our lives where there is no perfect offering. Each part of her presentation was punctuated by many questions for self-reflection.

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The Residual Issue

Recently, the comprehensive report of the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) on the state of residual waste management made the news. "Residual waste" refers to materials that end up in landfills and incinerators (respectively 96% and 4% in 2019). The facts are overwhelming: the amount of waste in Quebec has increased significantly in recent years. We are going backwards instead of forwards.

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Home Based Housing in Kingston

In the spirit of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Congregation de Notre Dame Sisters and Associates in the Kingston, Ontario region have a long history of supporting Home Based Housing for ending homelessness and helping to rebuild lives. Our support continued during the pandemic and for this past Christmas. Donations were collected supporting the purchase of personal items, treats and gift cards. The students of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School also joined in with donations.

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Living Out Our Orientations Together

On Sunday, January 30, the Sustainability Committee led sisters and associates in another ZOOM session. Facilitated by Alana Forrester, the group gathered was invited to look at the Mission Orientations 2021- 2026 through the lens of Marguerite Bourgeoys. Over 70 devices were connected (some had more than one person present) as we enjoyed nearly two hours of listening and sharing. Anna Rowley and Karen Volpe served as tech persons keeping things moving. Participants expressed joy, gratitude, and much appreciation for this opportunity to walk with Marguerite and the call to remember stories in our own journey. Great Committee! Great ideas! Great event! Next session will be April 3, with Sister Kathleen Deignan.

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February 8 - International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking in Persons

The theme is “The Power of Care – Women, Economics, Human Trafficking.” Trafficking is one of the deepest wounds inflicted by the current economic system. Wounds that affect all dimensions of life, personal and community. The pandemic has increased the “business” of human trafficking and has exacerbated the pain: it has favored the opportunities and socio-economic mechanisms underlying this scourge, worsening the situations of vulnerability that involved the people most at risk – disproportionately women and girls. The latter, particularly penalized by the dominant economic model. The gap between men and women has thus grown.

https://crc-canada.org/en/marathon-prayer-8th-international-day-prayer-awareness-against-human-trafficking/#one

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News from Visitation East Associates

Woodstock Associates Gathered in December and January

Submitted by Woodstock Associate Marjorie Allison-Ross

Woodstock Associates were fortunate to be able to meet in both December and January. It had been a few months since the group gathered for the annual Retreat at Skiff Lake in September. A small group met in the Parish Centre on December 12th using COVID Protocols. In regular times, we would have met in someone’s home for Prayer and a Pot Luck Lunch celebrating the Advent Season. Since we were in COVID Pandemic times, we enjoyed a simple meal similar to what Marguerite served the Sisters in her time, soup and bread/biscuits. We also had dessert. One person served the food. One tradition that our group has at the December meeting is to prepare Christmas cards for sisters, priests, Associates who used to live in Woodstock, Associate Coordinators and Associates who are now housebound. This is a way that we can practice Visitation from a distance. For our prayer, the Group used an Advent Prayer and “Elizabeth’s Hope: A Meditation” to reflect on Mary and Elizabeth’s visitation with each other. Elizabeth said, “Here I Am.”

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Birthday Celebration

On Sunday, January 23, for the first time in many months, the Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters in Providence Motherhouse were able to gather for a celebration. The occasion was the 97th birthday of Sister Anne Coffey. On this wintry day, our hearts were warmed by our ability to see one another and spend some social time. Following the health care protocols we gathered in the main dining room to honour Anne. After presenting Anne with a gift, the festivities continued with everyone indulging in a delicious birthday cake and ice cream, along with other treats. We were so glad that Anne provided us with a chance to come together again to celebrate. Thanks to Sister Pat Arsenault and Sister Mildred Chabassol who prepared the party.

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