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Prayer service

On November 15, sisters and associates in West Haven Connecticut had a prayer service reflecting on care for our Common Home.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

November Remembering

The Sisters of Résidence Bon-Secours in Montréal could not gather physically, but united in spirit and prayer to remember and celebrate the lives of their companions called into the fullness of life this past year. Our small community is missing four of its members ... Anastasia Murphy, Joyce Roberts, Patricia Landry and Katherine Coltart. Through prayer, song and reflection, we remembered and gave thanks for so much gift.

In unity with each of you and all in our world experiencing loss and called into being and offering HOPE wherever and however we can,

Sisters of Mary of Peace community

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Canadian Congrégation de Notre-Dame vocation committee

Here we are, the new Canadian Congrégation de Notre-Dame vocation committee! With your prayers, CND leaders from across Canada welcomed the new committee.  Our work unites CND sisters of different regions and languages in Canada to promote Congrégation de Notre-Dame religious life and respond to questions raised. Magnificat!

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Halloween Bingo at Providence Motherhouse – Kingston

Who said Halloween is for children? Perhaps it is because many of the sisters and staff let loose their inner child in the dining room at Providence Motherhouse. To enhance the environment, the costumes worn by staff and many of the sisters were most creative and some even had us guessing the identity of the person so adorned. As always, safe distancing was observed as the regular Thursday Bingo got under way. Bingo winners are always eager to choose the mystery prize. This week, hidden between the pages of a calendar was the $5 bill. Special treats appropriate to the Halloween theme were enjoyed by all. This is just one of the many opportunities offered to provide socialization and enjoy variety in our lives during the COVID-19 reality.

Barbara Prior, CND

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Beatified Fr. Michael J. McGivney

A five year old boy, dressed in a new grey suit, carried a relic of the newly beatified Fr. Michael J. McGivney, and presented it to the Pope’s delegate at the beatification ceremony last week in Saint Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford, CT. As he approached the altar the child held both his parents’ hands, but when it came time for holding the relic he did it all by himself.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Birthday Celebrations

On October 22nd, we had a double birthday celebration at the CND Health Care Center. Sr. Margaret Burke celebrated 96 years and Sr. Bernardine Burke celebrated 93 years. Lots of cake, song and friendship was shared with these two special ladies. A wonderful time was had by all.

On Tuesday, October 27th, we celebrated Sr. Joanne MacFarlane’s 81st birthday. We are extremely fortunate for the gift of Sr. Joanne to all of us at the health care center.

Arlene Rutlege, health care coordinator

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Kankakee Associates: Serving God and Others

Over a year ago, Associates from Kankakee, IL, decided to use their gifts of knitting and crocheting to start a Prayer Shawl Ministry at their parish. During that time, one of the candidates from their group became sick and started chemotherapy. The Kankakee Associates took turns accompanying her to her treatments. They gave her a prayer shawl and a hat to lift her spirits and to let her know she was not alone. As time went by, the candidate asked if the Prayer Shawl Ministry could make hats for other women that were receiving treatment at the cancer center...

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A Season of Hope

Who could have dreamed as we entered 2020 that the whole world would be dealt the blow of COVID-19, that millions of people’s lives would be forever changed?

I dare to guess no one.

Yet that is exactly what has happened and the world still looks for a reprieve, a cure, an end. Has this virus had the final say?

I also dare to say a resounding no.

How to describe it? As Charles Dickens so famously said in A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”
 

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Cycling With Sisters

Dear Sisters,

What a show you put on last Saturday as you biked through the trail from Saint Peters to Morell and back to Saint Peters, praying at different spots!

I watched on my phone as you began your journey...

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St. Marguerite Bourgeoys and the Congregation of Notre-Dame Honoured in Kingston, Ontario

On a beautiful October day, a sturdy Sugar Maple tree was planted in City Park, Kingston, Ontario. It was accompanied by a commemorative plaque that read:

“Dedicated to the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame in honour of the 400th Anniversary of the birth of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, foundress of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Canada 1620 – 1700.”

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Visitation Prince Edward Island

Theresa and I visited the beautiful island of PEI in September. Our first stop was to Andrews of Charlottetown to visit and extend prayers for a speedy recovery to Sister Marie L. Arsenault. We were graciously welcomed by Sisters Joan Marie Chaisson and Shelley Grant at the Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre in Summerside.

 

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Matinée Anyone?

We are grateful for our re-assembling. We resumed our daily community dining (hi-lighting our disk jockey, Sr. Monica McKenna), informal get-togethers, birthday celebrations, spontaneous gatherings, weekly sing-a-longs (featuring our resident musician Sr. Violet Belair) and our delightful Matinées, etc. 

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Cycling With Sisters

Last Saturday we participated in a life-giving event on PEI, Cycling with Sisters. Thanks to the planning of Sisters Sue, Libby and their committee everything went very well. Since then, I have been reflecting on the imagery contained in the expression “Cycling with Sisters.” Although we may not go down in history as being noted for promoting cycling it does contain rich imagery for today.

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October 7, 1640: Invitation to Compassion

One of the most intriguing passages of the autograph [writings] is Marguerite's account of the Rosary Procession of 1640.  There are three different versions of it, adding a detail here, omitting one there, but substantially the same as to the moment and its sequel.  Nowhere does she speak of a vision or an apparition.  Yet she has no doubt about the spiritual nature of the experience or its Marian quality. She was moved so powerfully at the sight of a Madonna she had seen many times before that she was utterly changed.  She was no longer the same person to her family and friends. 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

The sisters of Mary of Peace Community at Résidence Bon-Secours planned a tea party to celebrate Bishop Wingle's birthday on Thursday September 24, 2020. The afternoon was filled with good conversation, companionship, gratitude and a great appreciation for Bishop Wingle's presence and service to the CND community. The group merrily sang happy birthday to him and expressed good wishes for continued health and happiness.

Lina Farinaro, co-coordinator, Mary of Peace Community

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School Days

The great teaching charism of the CND community began with a young teacher called Marguerite surrounded by a group of children. Many others were inspired to follow her. This COVID-19 summer inspired me to gather twelve children ages 4 to 12 to Miss Fran’s Summer Schoolhouse. Over four weeks we studied art, poetry, story-telling, manners, correct printing and cursive writing, as well as other important things. Often parents and grandparents came to sit in on classes. Each day began with the singing of O Canada, where pines and maples grow. And Thank you God for the world so sweet. Thank You God for everything. Recess (a long one) was a most important part of each day. One mother told me her little boy woke her in the middle of the night asking, “How many hours until we go to Miss Fran’s Schoolhouse?” It was an unforgettable summer for me and for them. I highly recommend teaching children as the most beautiful and worthwhile way to spend a summer.

Fran Connell, Associate, Miramichi, NB

 

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October 3, 2020 Cycling with Sisters – PEI 2020

Join us on October 3, 2020 for a PEI Cycling with Sisters bicycle ride from St. Peter’s to Morell and back (24 km). This is an organized, recreational group ride at a pace for all ages with meaningful prayer stops. Its mission is to create a shared spiritual adventure for sisters and local communities through bike rides. This ride is designed to be COVID compliant.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Central Committee Gathering And Meeting

The Theme “SEASONS OF THE HEART” gathering and meetings August 4-7, took place via Zoom with participants from Japan, Cameroon, USA, France, Guadalupe and Canada. The discussions were led by Anna Rowley with Interpreters and Christine Holland playing a key role in the success of this gathering. Prayers and discussions assisted with the group participation. All participants were united with Saint Marguerite in prayer and service for our world.

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Happy 100th Birthday to Sister Charlotte Lockhart!

Sister Charlotte celebrated on Thursday, September 17, with the residents at Windsor Court in Fredericton, NB. Outsiders were not permitted to join her for the festive afternoon tea. A few friends gathered outside, on the back patio, to greet Sister in the early evening, after supper. Charlotte enjoyed her special day. She is grateful for the cards and good wishes she received. Someday, after COVID-19, we may be able to have a real party, a big one, to properly mark today’s milestone.

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Are We Being Good Ancestors?

Recently, I had the opportunity to have lunch at The Convent. For those of you who may not know, that is the new name given to the New Dawn Centre for Arts and Culture, the former Holy Angels Convent in Sydney. No, I was not downstairs in the old kitchen; I was upstairs in the new Better Bite Café, in the space that once was the sisters’ community room. This café is but one of the many projects operating out of our former Congregation de Notre-Dame convent. It is a venture whose profits go back into funding some of New Dawn’s valued community undertakings, many of which would be dear to the heart of former Congregation de Notre-Dame residents, and very much in keeping with our continued mission of liberating education. New Dawn’s mission of creating a culture of self-reliance through social innovation translates into creating an environment in The Convent for the development of music, art, and drama, not to mention providing culinary education and training for the healthy “meals on wheels” program and other socially conscious endeavours.

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