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In April Sr. Jenny received a Bronze Presidential Service Award in recognition of her volunteer efforts on behalf of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island.

Sr. Jenny exemplified the mission of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, which is to provide compassionate, professional, state of the art physical, emotional and spiritual care for all people facing life-threatening illness at any stage of life and in any setting they choose.


Come and See

On Sunday, April 10, Sister Deanna’s New York Vocation Office held a “Come and See” afternoon at Villa Maria Convent.

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News from Japan

''We continue to abide with our loving God and all the people of Japan who are being held in eternal loving arms...''

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Gathered Gifted Giving

The general chapter directions for a vocation culture call each one of us to connect in some real way with a young person. These Gifted young women and men are looking for mentors, people to talk about questions of faith and of Church.

Why not contact your parish or diocesan youth minister and see if we CNDs can help sponsor a young person for this weekend?

Gathered Gifted Giving event
on May 26-29 2011,
at the Motherhouse


Fight Human Trafficking of Young Women

More than 200 members of the religious and academic communities came together on March 26 at Fordham University to help combat local trafficking of girls for the sex trade. “Human Trafficking of Young Women” was a joint effort between Fordham and the Coalition of Religious Congregations to Stop Trafficking of Persons (NY-CRC-STOP), a 5,000-strong collective of religious groups that advocate against a lucrative illegal business that lures vulnerable girls into a world of prostitution from which they may never escape.

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UPDATES April 2011

News from Belo Horizonte

Members of UNANIMA International are sending letters of support to ask for justice for the evicted communities of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais in Brazil. The following update comes from Maria José Meira, ccv, who is supporting the communities there.

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News from our Sisters in Japan

On Friday March 11, the unimaginable occurred: the worst earthquake in the last 140 years, followed by a tsunami which killed over 20,000 people and damaged the backup power system of the nuclear power station in Fukushima. Two weeks after the disaster, the nuclear situation is still cause for concern and 268,000 people are still in shelters. We offer you a mini-documentary on the disaster in Japan from the point of view of the people who lived it: our sisters in Japan. These moving testimonies are taken from emails sent by Sisters Kyoko Terashima and Yasue Tonari from March 12 to 18.

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My Visit to Dawson College

Recently, I was invited to visit two history classes at Dawson College to share with them the history of the building, my experience of living there in the mid 1950s, and of my life as a teacher during the 50's.

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Gathered Gifted Giving, 2011

This year the GGG weekend will take place at the Mother House. Sister Marie Hagen and the sisters of the Mother House Community have generously agreed to welcome these young people. Once again, sisters and associates are asked to invite young adults to participate in this Young Adult Leadership Weekend. This year the GGG weekend is May 26 & 29.

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International Women's Day Ceremony At Holy Angels High School

Students and teachers observed the 100th Annual International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8th with music, power point presentation and song students reflected on the day. Inspirational Women Awards were presented to women nominated by the students.

Sister Geraldine Cordeau and Sister Agnes Cordeau each received the award and the student citations outlined their contributions to the education of women throughout their careers at Holy Angels and elsewhere.

Congratulations Agnes and Gerry for this well deserved recognition.


Gratitude and deep love...

I am writing to you today with my heart filled with gratitude and deep love for our God and our dear mother, Marguerite. It is in following her journeying steps that I am in Kumbo, Cameroon for my second apostolic mission experience. I have had the honor to watch and learn from three of our beautiful sisters Catherine, Cécile and Noreen. Each has a deep love for Jesus Christ which is made apparent in their dealings with so many people who knock on our door begging for help. They are what Marguerite asked of them, to be present and real. To be social workers, teachers, nurses, guidance councillors, mothers and friend, just to name a few.

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International Women's Day: celebrating the positives

March 8, 2011: International Women’s Day While we have seen a significant change of attitude in society about women's equality and emancipation, patriarchy is still strong. Women are more visible in professional life but women are still not paid equally with their male counterparts. The violence against women persists.

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Formation News

Many Sisters have been asking me about Janet.  She is well and happy.  Janet has enjoyed her experience in Kumbo. She helped at the school three days a week, and has helped at Cathy's library.  She sounds very excited when she talks about bringing communion to some mothers and visiting with them. 

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Apply to attend the summer 2011 Catholics on Call Young Adult Conference. The conference, to take place at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will be held from August 9-13, 2011. Participants are ages 18-30 and have the opportunity to connect and pray with other like-minded young people, hear nationally known speakers discuss how to listen to God’s call, and learn skills for discerning their own vocation, be it lay, vowed, or ordained.

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Saturday, March 12, 10:00 am & 4:00 pm, St. Louis Convent, 75 Bull Hill Lane, West Haven, CT

All associates, sisters and friends are welcome to this day of reflection at the beginning of our Lenten journey.

Connecting to our theme of Simplicity for Mission, we will consider how to journey towards the common good. A beautiful convent chapel and a 4 pm parish mass are available.

Please register by March 4th by contacting Sr. Joan Mahoney at 718 447-0291, 516 639-9905 (cell) or cndassociatesusa@msn.com.

CIDA International Youth Internships

Tatamagouche Centre's Maritimes‐Guatemala Breaking the Silence Program is pleased to announce its 2011‐2012 CIDA‐funded Youth Internship Program in Guatemala.

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Women's Memorial March on Valentine's Day

This past Monday marked the 20th anniversary of this annual march organized by the women of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to remember and honour murdered and missing woman.

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan is coming to Villa Maria Academy

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy Michael Dolan, Ph.D., D. D. will celebrate a special 125th Anniversary Mass, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:00 am in the Visitation Center.

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Valentine's Day: a heartfelt action to help stop child labour

This Valentine's Day, take a heartfelt action to help stop child labour, human trafficking and serious injustice to communities and the environment!

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PEACE & JUSTICE NEWS: death penalty

There are some new developments in the fight to abolish the death penalty. A bill to do so has passed both houses in Illinois and has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

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