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CONGRATULATIONS Sr. Kathleen Deignan

Sr. Kathleen Deignan was installed as President of the International Thomas Merton Society in Chicago on Saturday, June 11th.

Congratulations, Kathleen.


30th Anniversary Celebration (Summerside)

On May 30th we hosted a 30th Anniversary Celebration for our Associates. We began with dinner at 5:30 followed by a Prayer Service in the chapel.

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Greetings from Cameroon

Life here in Tobin keeps moving ahead & our new house is still a “work in progress” even as we live in it! Our two first year candidates will be going on retreat and then a home visit later this month while our two second year candidates are preparing to enter the novitiate. 

Please keep all of us in your prayer.

Having Eileen Good here is a blessing for the candidates as well as for Cecile and me. Enjoy the activities that the summer brings. United in prayer and spirit, Cathy

New Associates and 70th Jubilee Celebrations!

Welcome Associates Mary Simms and Regina Morris: On May 28th the Chicago/Indiana CND Sisters and Associates gathered at St. Jude’s Church Hall

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Congratulations! Sr. Joellen Tumas and Sr. Mary MacIsaac

On May 1st Sr. Joellen Tumas and Sr. Mary MacIsaac received a Quality Performance Award from Catholic Charities for Casa Catalina. Casa Catalina food pantry provides over 300 families with food each week.

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Notre Dame High School, Toronto, is celebrating 70 years!

All former staff and students are invited to join together in thanksgiving on Saturday, October 15, 2011: Eucharist at St. John’s church at 2:00 p.m. followed by an Open House at the school from 3:00- 6:00 p.m. All are welcome!

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Renewing vows and promises in BC

Sisters and Associates in the West Kootenay area of British Columbia were welcomed to the Cathedral in Nelson on Sunday June 5th to renew their vows and promises at the morning mass.

Following the mass they gathered at Shalom House to enjoy a pot luck lunch in an abundant CND style!


Our Lady of Good Counsel, Verdun

Sunday, June 5th was a happy/sad day as the local CNDs and Associates gathered for a 'Tea of Blessing' ... a moment to Remember and to Give Thanks

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Atlantic Religious Congregations Associate Network

ARCAN (Atlantic Religious Congregations Associate Network) Conference in Halifax last weekend welcomed 120 associates and sisters from various Atlantic religious communities. (10 CND sisters were in attendance).

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Feast of the Visitation

The sisters of the Congregation de Notre Dame would like to wish you a beautiful  Feast of the Visitation.

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20th Naramata

The long weekend in May found many of the western and northern CND's and Associates gathered on the beautiful grounds of Naramata, BC, a United Church Conference Centre in the South Okanogan wine country.

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Book Recommendation: "Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art and Life"

"Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art and Life" by Judith Dupré (Random House, 2010) has wonderful classic and contemporary visuals of Mary as well as reflections and stories from the author's personal life and faith journey including her travels to many parts of the world.

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June: Torture Awareness Month

REMINDER: June is Torture Awareness Month.

As a Province we have taken a Corporate Stand against the use of torture. Please visit www.nrcat.org to take an action on our stand. The DVD available, Ending US Sponsored Torture runs 20 minutes.

You can sign the petition if you have not already done so.



We are now at the end of our third week and having some pretty amazing experiences in ministry and community.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we head into the final two weeks of our program.

Check out our blog at www.plugintochrist.ca.



It is with great joy that I share with you that, at the meeting of May 11, 2011, the members of the General Council and Sr. Josephine Badali accepted the request of Sr. Janet Lawrence to make her first vows in the Congrégation of Notre-Dame for a period of three years.

In her acceptance letter, Sister Josephine quoted the prophet Jeremiah, “I know the plans I have in mind for you… plans to give you a future full of hope.” (Jer. 29:11).

We all pray that Sr. Janet’s future will indeed unfold gently and that each day will be filled with hope. We assure Sr. Janet of the prayers all the Sisters and Associates in the Congregation.



On Saturday, June 4, the Associates affiliated with the Benedictine Grange in Redding, CT are sending a tractor trailer to the coal mining community of St. Charles, Virginia. Help is needed in packing the truck.

Donations of baby items -- gently used or brand-new -- are most welcome.  Please box and label all items.

St. Thomas Aquinas (church basement)
1719 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

Saturday, June 4
from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 am


Ecumenical Mining Conference in Toronto

On May 1-3 a contingent of seven representing the CND community participated in an ecumenical mining conference in Toronto.

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On May 4, 2011, Sister Patricia Corley, President of Notre Dame Academy, Staten Island received the Distinguished Educator Award from Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. Patricia was recognized for her leadership at the Academy at this critical time in Catholic Education. It was acknowledged that for over 100 years the Congregation has been in the forefront of quality education for women on Staten Island.

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Collaboration in Ministry

On Saturday, April 30th I began working on the Redemptorist S.E.R.V.E program as co‐coordinator with Fr. Santo Arrigo, CSsR. We have a total of 8 young men and women from across Canada who have come together to live in community, share faith and serve in volunteer ministry throughout the Greater Toronto Area for the next 5 weeks.

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Book – Midwives of an Unnamed Future (Acta Publications, 2006)

“Midwives of an Unnamed Future (Acta Publications, 2006) is a treasure for women who are passionate about exploring their role in shaping the “”unnamed future.

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