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Continuing our General Chapter Reflections

Continuing our General Chapter Reflections, each province and region (administrative entities of the Congregation of Notre Dame) prepared a “creative presentation” to show where each felt God was calling the Congregation into the future. These presentations were to be approximately 10 minutes in length and were to come from the province or region’s reflections on the 17 letters from the sisters and associates that we received and shared on in the year leading up to the Chapter. Our associates also did a similar presentation although their challenge was much greater than ours as they had to prepare theirs working across all languages and great distance! All seven of these presentations happened over the course of a morning and were live-streamed for those at home to watch. If you did not see them, it is not too late – archived versions are available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cnd-en and http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cnd-fr and http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cnd-es.

 

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Greetings From Kumbo

This Saturday we will welcome three pre-novices to our Congregation of Notre Dame community in Tobin.  Please join us in prayer and spirit as we welcome Emilienne Nancy, Huguette Nina, and Solange Sylvie in a simple prayer service.  Some of our associates will be present.  The sisters in the Tobin community are Sisters Cecile Buote, Catherine Molloy, and MEKOULOU ME-ZAMBO Lucie along with KONAI Justine and MATCHUENDUM Augustine who come on some weekends from their mission at St. John Bosco School in Ngarum.  We count on your prayers. 

Thank you/Merci/Beri Wo.

 

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Sisters Of Mercy

I am pleased to share with you that Blessed Sacrament (USA) Province supports the Sisters of Mercy effort to bring a speaker from the COPINH coalition in Honduras to the School of the Americas’ Convergence on the US/ Mexico border being held in October (7-10) of this year. I remind you that Berta Caceres, the Honduran indigenous and environmental rights campaigner, was murdered in early March, barely a week after she was threatened for opposing a hydroelectric project. The co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (Copinh) was shot dead by gunmen who entered her home in La Esperanza. Some of the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters in Honduras worked with Berta and were very affected by her murder. This is a concrete expression of solidarity with our CNDs and with the people of Honduras. 

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Dedication of CND Memorial Monument

Parishioners of the Archdiocese of Kingston were invited to St. Edward Church in Westport on Sunday, 18th September 2016 for 2 p.m. Mass followed by the blessing of the memorial by Archbishop Brendan O’Brien.

 

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Sully

In January 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York after a flock of geese crippled his plane in flight. We remember this event; the landing was successful and all of the 155 passengers and crew survived. This movie is about the after-events, and the way we can be quick to second-guess motives and decisions and slow to recognize a selfless act for what it is. Tom Hanks is an excellent Sully. 

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News from The Small Plot

On Monday afternoon, we gathered at The Small Plot in Three Brooks where we were welcomed by Sisters Mary Corbett and Becky McKenna. After a short prayer, Becky proceeded to review the Chapter process with us through words and pictures.

The exchange that took place among the sisters at Chapter provided a richness which made all of us proud to belong to this gathering of women. A further proof of this was obvious in the smooth flowing of the election process resulting in the election of a gifted group of women. Our heart and prayer accompanies them as they embark on this onerous undertaking.

After socializing and enjoying a delicious lunch, we were sent on our way with a bag of garden fresh vegetables and a bottle of jam, all the product of their hard work! 

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Ice and Sky

A must-see movie produced by Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) which recounts the story of Glaciologist Claude Lorius who volunteered to go on a trip to Antarctica at the age of 23 and now, at 82, is retracing the steps of his many journeys that followed. His inquisitive, scientific mind recognized that, the presence of air bubbles in the ice cubes of his drink he was enjoying after a hard day in the extreme cold, had a profound significance. Thus began his journey into the depths of the polar ice fields gathering data and making the connection between the presence of air bubbles and the impact of human activity on earth’s climate over thousands of years. It is a powerful, fascinating story.

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Chapter Memories

For me, a Chapter memory and highlight is my table group. We were Table #5 and we were great. All tables were bilingual tables and Table 5 was Spanish-English. We were aware of differences in what words meant, deeper meaning than simple translation might imply. Being sure we each spoke, allowing our ideas to be influenced by others. I still wonder what interculturality means for me locally but Table #5 showed me what's possible and I am grateful. Thanks! 

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Fukushima Comes to Kingston, Ontario

On September 8, the Sisters of Notre Dame Community at the Providence Mother House welcomed twelve students and two of their teachers from Sakura no Seibo Junior College in Fukushima, Japan. The students shared some beautiful pictures of scenic places in and around Fukushima trying in their best English to explain the images they shared. One of the teachers tickled our imaginations as he performed a few magic tricks much to the delight of all present. The students also described the preparation of some unusual foods that are served in their part of the world. After refreshments were served, the students gave each Sister a tantalizing game which involved matching small pictures which had to fit with other parts of pictures to form a whole. The challenge was that the paper could only be arranged by folding. The Sisters enjoyed immensely the visit of these lovely young women who are in regular contact with our Japanese Sisters. 

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Retreat: Mercy, A Chance for Life

A five-week online retreat begins September 25th on the CND website http://www.cnd-m.org/misericorde/en/home/.

 

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Taken From the Franciscan Action Network Reflection for Sept 11

Where in your life are you called to be merciful rather than punitive? Where can you lessen the violence in your daily life? In the way you speak to others? Toward the homeless or those on the margins of society? Instead of waiting for a natural or human-made disaster, how about practicing a habitual and deliberate act of mercy. It is an act that you will never regret.

Suggested Action: This week, make a conscious effort to show mercy and kindness, not once randomly, but twice or three times intentionally.

Suggested Petitions: We pray in thanksgiving heavenly Father for the boundless mercy and compassion you show us. We pray too for those suffering who do not know or perhaps do not believe in the mercy and grace of God, Look upon us, O God, Creator and Ruler of all things, may we feel the workings of your mercy in our hearts and in our lives. Show us the ways to serve you so others may know that You love them with an unconditional love. All glory and praise be to You. (Adapted)

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Thank You

My heart is very full as I reflected on the celebration of my 103rd Birthday. I am very grateful for all who prayed with me and others at Wilton, for all the beautiful card and loving messages, for the gifts, the flowers, the Masses and promises of prayer. I am blessed with so many friend and those who care for me. Try to live until 103 and experience this joy!!

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Living the Provisional

My life of Visitation was a life in motion, a life on the way. I experienced this frequently during my time in Africa. Just reaching a destination was often a miracle. For example, during the last three to four hours of driving from Yaoundé to Kumbo the roads were so bad that the driver was compelled to ask if we had a contract with God. This was not the "go I will not abandon you" of Mary but it made me become more conscious of whose work this was and of the providential care I could expect. In fact, we often said that our guardian angels were working overtime.

Little apparently insignificant remarks and acts of kindness that I encountered on the roads and in crisis situations would always turn out to be my greatest Visitation moments.

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OK Clean Water Brunch October 30, 2016

OK Clean Water Brunch October 30, 2016

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Still Standing

Still Standing is a CBC summertime program that shows comedy man Johnny Harris as he travels to small towns and puts on a show for the local community. Johnny’s visit to Mabou, NS, will be aired Tuesday, September 13 at 9 p.m. (Atlantic Time). (Johnny is well known to viewers of CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries. Johnny plays Constable Crabtree).

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Social Justice Activities

During the summer, Sean Casey, the federal liberal MP for Charlottetown, held a consultation on Climate Change which Sister Marie Hagen and I attended. Mr. Casey was very attentive and receptive to a number of informal presentations given by representatives of such organizations as Eco-PEI, Sierra Club, Winter River Watershed etc. Dorena Hall spoke on behalf of Development and Peace. Since the mike was being passed around, I decided to share our Congregation of Notre Dame commitment to and support of all efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, mentioning our Corporate Stance.

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Chapter retreat “Where is God not where I thought God was?

One of the themes of the Chapter retreat was “Where is God not where I thought God was?” This theme was helpful in setting the stage for our creative presentation.

Sisters Maureen Baldwin, Karen Kelly and Sue Kidd had met and decided on the script earlier. They created an “alphabet song” using words from the small group reports from Visitation Province. They provided us with 26 brightly coloured T-shirts and the 26 letters of the alphabet. The Visitation Province committee members who were present joined us for the presentation.

The script took the form of a Congregation of Notre Dame language school – first using traditional methods which were no longer effective for learning the language, and then deciding to try “a new way.” 

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Sister Lisette Drainville and sister Susan Kidd

Sister Lisette Drainville and sister Susan Kidd explain to sister Lucie Mekoulou Me-Zambo the work which they carried out during the general Chapter. (French and English)

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Sister Catherine Molloy, CND

Sister Catherine Molloy, CND shares her experience at the General Chapter.

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Pope Francis on Family – The Top Twenty

September article for The RI Catholic

Pope Francis wrote “Amoris Laetitia”, The Joy of Love, on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 2016 after a two year study and Synod of Bishops on the topic of Family. Here is a compilation of some of the most salient points in the document. The numbers refer to the paragraphs in the original.

 

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