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Grounded: Finding God in the World by Diana Butler Bass. (HarperCollins; 2015 Paperback 360 pages.) This book does pretty much as the title suggests: the author speaks her experience of God present all around us, not just “above” us. She invites us to look around in our own life. Her chapters are titled water, dirt, sky, home, roots, neighbourhood. Diana shows how people are reflecting and discovering God, delighting in God, even, in the natural world and in Earth, our Common Home. People are coming to know a Creator-God; our faith enlarges and expands in getting to know that God. A line I liked: “My mother used to say some Christians are so heavenly-minded that they are no earthly good. Mom was right.” (p. 295)

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Area Day in Fredericton, Monday, November 6th

Co-coordinators Anna Rowley and Marjorie Allison-Ross shared with us (Miramichi, Woodstock and Fredericton) the Presentation given by Associates at the Chapter in July. The collection of photos on the big screen was amazing – happy faces full of joy and hope! Anna gave us all “speaking parts” throughout the presentation and helped us feel the excitement and energy coming from last summer’s event.

We are so fortunate to have these leaders among us, so fired with the spirit of Saint Marguerite and so generous in sparking our fire!

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What Would You Say You Do Here?

 Photo: With Sr Kathleen Deignan

When I started this blog, I promised to share what life as a novice was like. Now that I have been at the novitiate for a few months, I have settled into a comfortable pattern and can better describe ‘a day in the life’. It should be noted that each religious order has their own way of forming novices, and even within the CNDs (my order: Congregation of Notre Dame), I have come to realize that each experience of the novitiate was different for each sister, so this is my experience, as of now.

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Thank you, Nina! Welcome, Maureen!

Dear Nina,

Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the blessing you have been to Associate Relationship and especially to the Coordinators these past four years. You have: encouraged our gifts, supported our ideas, celebrated our accomplishments, lived mutuality and showed extreme patience in light of e-mail discussion that numbered in the double digits.

We ask Mary and Marguerite to journey with you as you set up home in Ottawa and discover your new life. May the Creator bless you with the love and laughter of family, friends and Sisters.

Know that you are in our hearts and prayers. Peace. 

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Visitation East CND Associate Relationship Newsletter

Visitation Province Coordinators (Canada) Attend Blessed Sacrament Associate Assembly (USA)

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

Blessed Sacrament Province (USA province of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame) held their second CND Associate Assembly in Wilton, CT October 20-22, 2017. The 5 Visitation Province (Canadian province of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame) coordinators along with the Central Office coordinators of Associate Relationship joined about 70 associates and sisters from the Blessed Sacrament Province. Many associates were involved in planning the event. Friday evening opened with prayer and Introduction of local communities and associates. Each group was to bring a symbol of their group. We Visitation coordinators decided to use a wooden sculpture of the Visitation as our symbol. There were socials Friday and Saturday evenings so we got to spend time with the associates and share what is happening in each other’s areas. 

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Charity, Justice and the Founding of Ville-Marie

Speaker: Patricia Simpson, CND

Date: Wednesday November 22, 2017

Time: 5:30-9:00 pm

Where: Archdiocese of Montreal

2000 Sherbrooke St. West

Parking is available

[A light supper will be served]

This event is organized by Kim Piché, coordinator of the Social Action Office of the Diocese of Montreal. Please rsvp to 514-931-7311 x 211 or KPiche@diocesemontreal.org

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Retreat With Heather Eaton – Toronto – February 2018

Joint Ecological Ministry (JEM) is a collaboration of religious communities and partners using their resources to promote caring for Creation. Since our formation in 2014, JEM has sought to bring together leaders, treasurers, and JPIC representatives of religious communities to reflect on how we can use our resources to reduce our carbon footprint and address climate change. We have explored divestment from fossil fuels, investment in green alternatives, shareholder engagement, Laudato Si, and the Paris climate talks. Each gathering has further enriched the conversation between communities on how we can make a difference.

 

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Nuclear Weapons in the Spotlight!

History was made at the United Nations on July 7 with the passing of the “Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.” For its efforts in bringing about this historical achievement, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the 2017 Nobel peace Prize. ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries. The National Catholic Reporter featured quotes from several women religious in their article on the subject, including one by Sr. Stacy Hanrahan, CND NGO representative at the United Nations. Stacy said the fact that a nongovernmental organization won the award was both an acknowledgement of the strength of grassroots efforts and a tribute to those “who have been working on it [the nuclear issue] for years.” You can read the full article here: https://www.ncronline.org/news/world/organization-working-abolish-nuclear-weapons-awarded-nobel-peace-prize

 

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Request For Christmas Gifts

Associate Jackie Greenfield and the Grange Liturgical Community in Redding, CT are collecting Christmas gifts to send to Appalachia for the many homeless families and battered women with children who live at the shelter in Norton, VA and for the children who receive food from the food pantry.  They  would greatly appreciate donations of (new) gifts of infant onesies, diapers and wipes, basic toiletries such as soap, shampoo (no conditioner), deodorant, warm socks, etc., and, if possible Pack 'n' Plays. Pack 'n' Plays are foldable crib/playpens for new moms who have nothing for their babies, and when they are able to leave the shelter, they can take the Pack 'n' Play with them. Babies are safe in them for up to a year, so they are a true godsend.  If you wish to do this, please contact Jackie Greenfield at jkgree1@optonline.net, by November 30.

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Request For Volunteers

Associate Jackie Greenfield and the Grange Liturgical Community in Redding, CT sponsor trucks going to the Virginia area of Appalachia where we have two Sisters twice a year.  If anyone would like to help pack boxes for the trucks for Appalachia at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Fairfield, CT from 9 am noon, November 4, 11, 18, or December 2 or  loading the boxes on the trucks December 9, 9 am ñ noon, please contact Jackie Greenfield at jkgree1@optonline.net, or just show up. Free coffee and donuts!  

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Encourage Canada to support Refugees

Every year at the beginning of November, the Canadian federal Cabinet sets the planned total number of incoming refugees and immigrants for the coming year. Our government is making these decisions now, and it’s important for citizens to communicate our perspectives. Many of us have experienced amazing blessings through our connections with refugees – we know that in the process of sponsorship, strangers become neighbours and cherished members of our communities. Let's join our voices with the Centre for Public Dialogue and Citizens for Public Justice and the Canadian Council of Refugees by urging our MP's to encourage generous settlement levels and continued government efforts to reduce wait times in the refugee sponsorship system. It's easy. Go to http://p2a.co/Ln7odB7 and fill out the form. 

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Unveiling of a Commemorative Plaque: Tribute to the Priests of Saint-Sulpice

“The Congrégation de Notre-Dame salutes the Priests of Saint-Sulpice of

Montreal, who provided their unflagging support over the centuries

before ceding the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

to the Congregation in 2014.

This historic chapel is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site that the

Congregation’s sainted founder, Marguerite Bourgeoys, dedicated to

the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the mid-17th century.

 

This plaque was unveiled on September 20, 2017, the anniversary of the birth of

Jean-Jacques Olier, founder of the Society of the Priests of Saint-Sulpice.

It marks the 360th anniversary of the arrival of the first Sulpician missionaries in Montreal

and the 375th anniversary of the founding of the Society, in Paris.”

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

Photo : Marie Madden, Sr. Julia Lydon, Candice Bryan, Sr. Ann Perrin

From Our Leadership Team:

Our leadership team meeting on October 13-14 was marked with sadness and joy as Dorothy O’Brien passed gently into eternal life. She seems to have given us her blessing, since we were able to address in some way all three of the goals we set ourselves for the next four years (as well as celebrating Mary Anne Powers’ birthday!).

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Movie Recommendation: "The Big Sick"

"The Big Sick" is a recent romantic comedy based on the true story of the 2007 courtship of an interracial couple. Kumail, a stand-up comedian, is originally from Pakistan and Emily, a therapist, is from North Carolina. There are serious moments as they deal with parental issues and Emily's life-threatening illness. It's available on ppv etc. 

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Women of Excellence Awards

The Progress Women of Excellence Awards takes place each November. Hosted by the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis, it honours 7 inspirational women who play an important role in our community. Women at the pinnacle of their professions are recognized in the following categories: Arts and Culture, Communications/Public Affairs, Education and Research, Entrepreneur/Innovator, Health Sport and Wellness, Management and the Professions and Young Women of Distinction.

This year, Progress Women of Excellence is honouring Libby Osgood, recognizing her as a passionate educator and innovative researcher.

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Building a Bridge, by Father James Martin, sj

What a timely little book to introduce into our current society, our sometimes divisive parishes, groups, families, even! Father Martin leads us, through biblical passages and reflective questions, to learn and re-learn sensitivity, respect and compassion in relationships. (Sample: Ps. 139, Question 1: “Think about what it means for you to “be wonderfully made.” Can you praise God, as the Psalmist does? What would your praise look like? The author is speaking to Catholic leaders, to members of the LGBT community and to all of us who claim discipleship with Jesus. 

Building a Bridge, by Father James Martin, sj (HarperCollins, NY: 2017, 144 pages)

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Development and Peace Workshop, Fredericton, NB

Photo: Mary Hanson, Gail McKibbon, Donna LeBlanc, Clarence McKibbon 

On Saturday, October 14th, a diocesan Development and Peace Workshop, organized by Donna LeBlanc, was held at the Msgr Boyd Center in Fredericton, NB. We began with a Gathering Prayer in which all members participated. A student representative form St. Thomas University spoke of his involvement in D & P and his desire to invite other youth to join in. Certificates of Honor were awarded to members who were actively involved for many years and were a great influence on others. Among those recognized were Sister Charlotte Lockhart, Gail and Clarence McKibbon, Miramichi, NB. (Gail is a CND Associate)

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A Guided Retreat offered at Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre

A Guided Retreat is being offered at Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre

67 Reid Road, RR#1, Stanley Bridge, PE

Jointly sponsored by CNDs and CSMs

Director: Maureen Wild, sc

Theme: Nurturing Christ-Presence with God's Good Earth and Cosmos

Date: June 19-26, 2018

Sister Maureen, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax, is originally from the Northern Alberta. An educator, speaker and retreat guide, her primary focus is on themes of Spiritual Ecology.

The celebration began with a lovely service of praise and thanks for the many blessings granted to them during these fifty years of commitment. A sharing of the many ways they touched and enriched our lives over these years was also expressed.

Please register with Sister Joan Marie Chaisson, CND

email: jmchaisson@cnd-m.org

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Celebrating Three Golden Jubilarians

On Wednesday, September 20th, Sisters Nina Glinski, Eileen Roach and Mary Corbett joined the Sisters of Holy Redeemer Convent for a celebration in honour of their Golden Jubilee. Nina, Eileen and Mary entered the CND in 1965, the year the English Novitiate opened in Ottawa. Although they were joined by the senior Novices from the Motherhouse in Montreal, they were the first Novices to complete their full two year Novitiate in Ottawa.

This was followed by wine and cheese, picture-taking, and a presentation of cards and flowers, then to the dining room to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Coleen, our cook--and to top it off--a Jubilee cake! A joyful spirit prevailed throughout the afternoon. 

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News from the Noviciate

Now into my second month of the novitiate, there have been many blogs formed on reflective walks, preserved in my journal and filed away in my heart. The need to publish the thoughts online has diminished, giving me the comfort of a strengthened relationship with God. Sometimes I find myself smiling, realizing we are inwardly sharing an inside joke only we understand, together squashing my extrovert tendency to immediately blurt it out loud, as my inner introvert develops. 

During this last month, I had a great amount of interest about my vocation on a local radio morning show, national newspaper article, national tv morning show, and international Facebook video. It was neat to get to publically answer questions about a topic I thought was originally too taboo to tell my friends and coworkers about (and to live near a studio to see how it all works!!). I have turned down a few opportunities since, in order to focus on the novitiate and discernment, but I was thrilled to share my story with people who were so intrigued by it. 

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