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Miraculous Healing Attributed to Marguerite Bourgeoys

Kathy Chadwick has been a CND Associate for eighteen years. In that time her love for and devotion to St. Marguerite has grown steadily. Last spring, Kathy awoke one morning seeing double. She quickly saw a doctor whose diagnosis was that Kathy had suffered an ocular stroke in her sleep. There was no treatment for the condition. It might be permanent, it might not. After two months, Kathy, ordinarily a voracious reader who had been unable to read because of the double vision, decided to make a novena to St. Marguerite praying for a cure.  After Kathy had prayed the novena on the ninth day her vision returned to normal and has been so ever since. Thank you, St. Marguerite!

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Sister Kathleen Deignan, Honored by Iona College

The Office of Mission and Ministry at Iona College honoured Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND, for her exemplary commitment to faith, justice and service on the Friday, October 13, 2017 Homecoming Reception at Thomas J. Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall.

 

 

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Prayer in Solidarity With Our Sisters and Brothers in Cameroon

If you in your hearts had only understood on this day the message of Peace!  Lk. 19- 42)

Introduction:  Background  from Church community and International Community

Since Friday September 22, 2017, and particularly from midnight on Friday 29 to midnight on Monday Oct. 2nd, the people of the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon, which are coterminous with Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda, have gone through a very challenging and crucial period.  Although the danger is not yet over, we, the Bishops of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference (BAPEC), consider it our bounded and God-given duty to make this declaration … to share with our brothers and sisters and people of good will what we have gone through up till now and possibly to contribute to the prevention of worse that may still come if our voice, which is that of the voiceless and similar other well-intentioned voices are not heeded by the competent authorities.

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Pain Potage, A Tribute to Marguerite Bourgeoys

The Congregation Leadership Team with guests from Carrefour Marguerite-Bourgeoys

To celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary, Carrefour Marguerite-Bourgeoys organized a meal of bread and soup in honor of Marguerite Bourgeoys. This event took place at the mother house of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame on Wednesday, October 11.

In the presence of the Carrefour’s Board of Directors, the Congregation Leader and General Council, the representatives of Marguerite-Bourgeoys Province, and Archbishop Lépine of Montreal, Ms. Mylène Archambault, Director of the Carrefour, welcomed everyone. She then introduced one of the organization’s founders, Sister Lise Perras, who recalled the group’s beginnings. 

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Movie: Victoria and Abdul

The film is teasingly introduced as “based on facts – mostly.” This may take history buffs off guard, but seeing Judi Dench’s portrayal of the aging Queen Victoria is such a treat one tends to be caught up in the story anyway. Judi has a couple of scenes in particular that are powerful reflections of a lonely monarch, and scenes that show her delight in learning of faraway places and new things. Her performance is superb. Also, the actor who plays her wayward son and heir, Bertie (later Edward VII), gives a realistic performance that fits the historical records about him! Viewers will enjoy the humor in the tale, as well as feel the power of the unlikely relationship between Victoria and the handsome young man whom she calls her “munshi” (i.e. teacher). 

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Making St. Marguerite known

My brother, home for Thanksgiving, is a volunteer at two veterans' hospitals in Toronto. He says many of those men pray to a woman whose name is St Marguerite and he asked me if I knew anything about her. So the whole family at Thanksgiving got a mini version of her story. I then sent to those men the prayer card for the sick (revised in 2012). Here, at Andrews, 35 Marguerite Bourgeoys charm bracelets have been purchased (cost $10) to give to relatives and friends. There are 20 charms on the bracelet, each of which depicts an aspect of Marguerite's life. The bracelets come with a typed account of her life story. All proceeds go to our communities in Central America. These bracelets could be a welcome teacher-aid for catechists who wish to share the story of Marguerite with their students. 

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St. Gertrude’s parish in Woodstock, NB, celebrates 175th Anniversary

After a busy year of preparation and planning, St. Gertrude’s parish in Woodstock celebrated their 175th Anniversary on Sunday, October 8. I was invited to represent the Congrégation de Notre-Dame Sisters; our presence in Woodstock goes back to 1983. The people there have stories and happy memories of all who served there. A lengthy slideshow during the meal brought back faces familiar to us. Sister Therese Arsenault, who was there from the beginning, (Sister T., she was called) was given honourable mention in many conversations. Congratulatory letters were read from Sisters Esther Clarkin and Ann Marie McDougall, two of the most recent ministry persons; both were unable to be present. The Congrégation de Notre-Dame Associates continue their active involvement since we have moved from the parish. It was a treat to be included in the celebration events with Bishop Harris, former pastors, past-and-present parishioners, friends and guests. 

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Transfer of Visitation Province Responsibilities

On Tuesday, October 10th the former and new administration team members met for the transfer of Province responsibilities.

The opening prayer of our gathering inspired us with the following words:

Giver of the dream, this I ask:

for courage to take the paths the feet of my soul have always known;

for vision to see the wonders the eyes of my longing would never forget;

for stillness to hear the song the ear of my spirit will ever remember;

for daring to taste the delights the tongue of my heart forever recalls;

for wisdom to touch the depths the hands of my desire could never erase.

In the ritual of blessing, former team members symbolically blessed members of the new team and offered a bracelet of beads representing the various gifts of leadership: Wisdom; Compassion; Courage; Balance; Commitment; Vulnerability and Vision.

May the spirit abide deeply in all of us as we continue to journey forth. 

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New Leader of the International Community of the Mother House!

On Wednesday, October 11, during morning collation, Sister Ercilia Janeth Ferrera Erazo introduced the Mother house sisters and staff to the new local community leader: Sister Jeanne Bonneau. 

Sister Jeanne is very familiar with the community, as she has been part of it for many years. To the sustained applause of everyone present, she stated that she was very happy to be called to continue the Mother house’s mission of hospitality, which, she stressed, would be carried out with everyone’s cooperation!

Congratulations Sister Jeanne and thank you for your service!

 

 

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Please pray for the people of Cameroon

Sister Catherine Molloy, CND, asks:  Please pray for the people of Cameroon as an on-going crisis escalates, and fear and tensions mount. A boycott of schools by parents in the English-speaking region continues, as do weekly Ghost town days. With an increase in acts of violence, a state of emergency has been declared in the region that includes Kumbo. News media report that additional military personnel are being deployed to the area as many Cameroonians at home and in the Diaspora (Europe, Africa and North America) move toward declaring the independence of Southern Cameroon on October 1st.

Photo credit: Marie-Claire Dugas

 

 

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Sister Kathleen Deignan Honored at Iona Homecoming Reception, October 13, 2017

The Office of Mission and Ministry at Iona College is honoring Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND, and two others for their exemplary commitment to faith, justice and service at their Friday, October 13, 2017 Homecoming Reception from 7-9 pm at Thomas J. Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall.

Please see invitation for further details.

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Congratulations, Norma and Anne!

Recently, Holy Trinity Parish, Trail, BC, hosted the Diocesan Development & Peace Fall workshop. Sister Norma Gallant organized the event along with generous support of many parishioners. The Fall workshop’s main objective is to oversee the education component of the annual Fall campaign. After a successful weekend, the participants attended Mass to mark the 50th Anniversary of D&P where a second highlight took place. Unbeknown to Norma and Associate Anne Pisacreta – they were both acknowledged and honoured for their generous dedication and commitment to the goals and accomplishments of D&P over the span of many years. The activities of the weekend and the tributes offered brought much joy into our Eucharistic celebration.

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Conversations of the Heart

On Sunday, September 24, we began our "Conversations of the Heart" monthly gatherings. Our opening prayer was "Celebrating Creation" in the spirit of the Month of Prayer for the Care of the Earth from September 1 – October 4 introduced by Pope Francis.

Following our time of contemplative prayer, we reflected and shared on our experience of Chapter in July. Many commented on the sense of peace, joy, and deep listening that pervaded our gathering, as well as on our discernment for leadership. It was felt that the process of preparation initiated by the Chapter Planning Committee enabled us to enter fully into our table conversations. 

 

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Celebration at de Sève Residence!

Celebration! At de Sève Residence, on September 21 and 22, it was Diamond Jubilee Celebration time! Though Fall was waiting at the door, Summer with its sunshine and flowers, brightened our community gatherings. On the Thursday evening, Sisters Marie Azzarello and Françoise Boisvert, following the inspiration of Sister Joan Foliot and questions from us all, created a 'self portrait' one block at a time, of their lives lived from novitiate days to the present. Such rich, deep, sharing 'painted a picture' of the wise, generous women they are today. On Friday evening, we gave thanks to our loving God at Eucharist for these Diamond years. Sisters Anne Marie Lynch, Patricia Simpson and Doreen Zeppetini, diamonds too, were with us as were Sisters Joyce Roberts and Susan Cleevely. A festive two gatherings they were, with much joy and gratitude. 

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Reflection on the Las Vegas Shooting

The day after the Las Vegas shooting a first grader came to school with a few pages, carefully printed in the best first grade script she could manage. On the first page she had written, “Guns are not toys. I do not play with toy guns.” And she had her picture attached to it. On the second page was written “Kids don’t let kids play with guns.” The third page was a request for a toy gun turn in at her school.

Children unfortunately understand violence, some first hand and some by hearing their parents speaking about it. Every child in the United States absorbed, in one way or another, the tragedy of Las Vegas through their families and the news.

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Area meeting at the Villa in Blessed Sacrament

Photo: Sister Joan Curtin, CND, and Sister Rosemary Cianciolo, CND

 

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Becoming the Mystics and Prophets We Are Called to Be

Some 40 participants gathered for three days at Villa Madonna in Rothesay, NB to learn from Jan Phillips, author/artist/ activist. Jan is a superb teacher, leading us gently through specific tasks, to create in ways we never thought we could. She used poetry, videos, paper exercises, music, humour and her own story to inspire us to go deeper into truth, exploring our own journey. For me, personally, she stirred up a profound gratitude for the gift of life, all life. 

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Earth, Air, Fire And Water

I had the privilege/grace of attending the workshop offered this past weekend to Congregation de Notre-Dame sisters and associates at Howe Island. Never again will I experience the elements of AIR, EARTH, WATER and FIRE in the same way or take them for granted. Sister Eileen Power and her colleague and friend, Kathy Murta, with the use of multi-media, brought home to us the truth that we are all intrinsically connected with the COSMOS, as we are with our loving, compassionate GOD, the CREATOR of all that is. Their presentations were so well prepared, so vibrant and thought provoking as well as 'heart-felt.' I think that all present were inspired, encouraged to go forth, while aware of the challenges of our time, to give witness to the words of Pope Francis in Laudato Si that "the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise." Is this a response to "How Then Shall We Live?" 

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Spirituality Opportunities

Difficulty Praying? Discussing a Potentially New Conversation with our God

A day to reflect on various ways to communicate with God is being offered by Dr. Beverly Musgrave, Ph.D

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM– 3:00 PM

Location: Barat Spirituality Centre – 1455 Summer Street – Halifax NS

Cost: $20 suggested donation

Please call ahead to register 902-456-6112 

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Another JPIC Year Begins

Greetings from JPIC. As a new school year begins along with a new Congregation de Notre-Dame Social Justice Network Action Plan and a new Development & Peace Fall Campaign, JPIC is also gearing up for some exciting new initiatives. Soon you will be receiving news about advocacy and solidarity projects regarding our top priorities: Climate Action and Spirituality, particularly as it relates to our Congregational Corporate Stance, Water as Sacred and as a Human Right and the work of Reconciliation with First Nations, particularly with regard to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

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