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Archives on the move

Today, a large part of our archives was shipped from Wilton to Montreal; they are excited to receive this treasure trove of historical material.

As of April 1st all mail sent to our Wilton offices will be forwarded to the new offices at Sacred Heart.

We are grateful to all who have volunteered to help us prepare for the move, especially those who accompany us with their prayer.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

New Life, New Name!

Many Sisters and Associates are familiar with St. Joseph’s Convent and Renewal Centre in Mabou, Nova Scotia. Last week, Nova Scotia Premier, Iain Rankin, announced a huge investment by the Province of Nova Scotia to make the former convent a satellite campus of the Gaelic College. The building will become Mabou Hill College, or Beinn Mhabu. Following extensive renovations, the college expects to be ready for students in 2022; credit course recognition will be from Cape Breton University. Beinn Mhabu will offer a Foundation Year Program with course options to include Gaelic culture and history, executive certificates in music and ethnomusicology and more. It will house North America’s first Gaelic Medium School, and a Gaelic-based internet radio station. “Mabou Hill College will be an invaluable addition to the cultural infrastructure of Nova Scotia.” says Suzanne Lohness-Crogt, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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Ring the bells!

Photo: Marie-Claire Dugas

If you hear the church bells of the Rimouski and Gatineau, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Montreal (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Parish), Sherbrooke (Basilique-Cathédrale Saint-Michel) and Saint-Jean-Longueuil dioceses ring on March 19, it is in support of the Global Climate March! We, committed women and sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, commend this initiative to “ring the bells” on the day of the March to actively encourage the participating groups, respond to the call of Laudato Si’ and honour our own commitment to protect the environment. We welcome all the support for this cause that affects each and every one of us.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Action To Care For Our Common Home

Visitation Province participated in the March 11th Faiths4Climate action. Thousands of faith groups from around the world took real and virtual action and it was fantastic that we were part of it. It was very inspirational to scroll the sacred people sacred earth Facebook page and see what was happening. One of the great slogans there was “killing the planet is against my religion.”  

JPIC Core Committee

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4th Sunday of Lent

Thursday of this week, we reached mid-Lent. Liturgically, we often refer to this Fourth Sunday as Laetare Sunday from the latin icipit of the entrance antiphon. Today, the Church allows rose vestments to signify a change from the penitential purple. Like its cousin, Gaudete Sunday, on the third Sunday in Advent, we are once again, even in the middle of Lent, being invited in the entrance antiphon to rejoice and be joyful.

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The Green Leaf March 4, 2021

Digital pollution

The usefulness and benefits of new technologies are undeniable and, more than ever, because of the pandemic, we are using the Web for our work, studies, shopping, and leisure activities. While all these activities using computers, cell phones, tablets and the Internet may seem immaterial, they have a very real environmental impact.

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From the Formation Corner

Formation is a little different these days due to the pandemic. Discernment in the novitiate has looked very different though, gratefully, its goals can continue to be met even in times of pandemic. We haven’t had much choice but to participate in this new reality and limit some form of interaction with the outside world.

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Organ Scholarship

The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), Kingston Centre offers scholarships for talented pianists of all ages who would like to be introduced to, and develop their playing skills on the pipe organ. Scholarships provide 10 hours of free organ lessons with a qualified instructor. The application deadline is March 31. Auditions for qualified applicants will be held in April.

 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

March 8, 2021. This is a global event to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It sends a call to everyone to keep insisting on women’s equality issues. www.internationalwomensday.com

This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Together and individually, we can all help create an inclusive world. We can choose to celebrate the brave women who step-out and step-up in leadership roles.

There is a beautiful video that has been circulating recently showing the names and faces of women leaders in today’s world: While the world has been distracted. It’s only a few minutes.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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3rd Sunday of Lent John 2: 13 – 25

Hello Sisters and Associates, my name is Winnie Odo. I live in a tiny fishing community in Lingan on the most easterly part of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. I have been blessed to have spent the past 20 years of my life following in the footsteps of our Foundress St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. I’m a person who loves to be challenged, to face something on my journey of life that causes me to go deeper, to depend more on God than on my own resources. The gospel reading for this 3rd Sunday of Lent presented one such challenge, but here goes.

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Joseph as a father

Photo:  Marie-Claire Dugas

“Patris Corde” is the title of the paper Pope Francis wrote to introduce the Year of St. Joseph which goes from December 2020 to December 2021. The Latin words translate as Heart of the Father. Those two words beautifully describe both the encyclical and Saint Joseph.

Letters from Popes are not read by many and seldom taught in Sunday sermons. Our current Pope Francis is always an easy read. His language is simple and down to earth and usually inspiring. Patris Corde is all of the above and more. Pope Francis says Joseph loved Jesus with a father’s heart, and then proceeds to describe all that this could mean.

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CND Associate Relationship Newsletter Visitation East March 2021

Theresa Ann and myself were permitted to visit our beloved Sisters at MacGillivray Health Centre. Both Rita Chisholm and Margaret MacDonell were thrilled to have Associates join them. They were both anxious for news of their CND families. They expressed the wonderful care they are receiving and look forward to the end of this pandemic.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

A Message from the CRC’s KAIROS Representatives: In this time of unbelievable suffering of all, and primarily of the most vulnerable, we are more than ever graced to represent you, the members of the Canadian Religious Conference, on the steering committee of KAIROS. Together, the CRC through KAIROS works with Indigenous, settlers and newcomers in Canada, people of faith or conscience all over the world, for ecological justice and human rights.

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Reflection For Second Sunday Of Lent

Photo: Artwork by Claude Lafortune exhibited at the Musée Marguerite-Bourgeoys

My name is Debbie Polley. I have been an Associate for five years. I have known the CNDs since I was 9 years old and have loved them and St. Marguerite since I was a young girl. I am a retired teacher who taught for thirty–one years. I love bringing laughter and joy into the lives of people. I am civically involved with voters’ rights via phone conferences and letters to our Senators. I also enjoy artwork, classical music and creative prayer time.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Wednesday, February 24 is Anti-Bullying Day in Canada. On this day, also called Pink Shirt Day, we are encouraged to wear something pink to indicate our support for all the efforts made to promote and encourage the message that we must treat others with dignity and respect. The weeks and months of the COVID-19 pandemic have shown the importance of helping one another. We want to “lift each other up,” individually and through programs and projects that build healthy self esteem. Bullying in any form - physical, verbal, or social and relational - can result in serious emotional problems, anxiety, low self-esteem or severe depression. Pink says empathy, compassion and kindness!

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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1st Sunday of Lent Feb. 2121

I am Sr. Joan Mahoney, CND. Last summer, I retired as Coordinator of the Associate Relationship in Blessed Sacrament Province. I continue to do some consulting for the Associate Leadership. I am professed for 57 years and live with three other CND's in Norwalk, CT.

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Ash Wednesday: Reflection on the Deepening of Prayer Life

News from Visitation Province

Indigenous Land Acknowledgements: All of the Canadian territory we live on was occupied before European settlement by indigenous communities and it’s good to know about our own local indigenous history. In Ottawa-Gatineau many faith-based communities such as mine, St. Basil’s parish, and provincial and federal government events begin by acknowledging our presence on the unceded traditional land of the Anishinaabe (Algonquin) nation. In Montreal, McGill has information on the indigenous land it sits on and has links to the importance of land acknowledgements at

https://www.mcgill.ca/indigenous/land-and-peoples/learn-about-land-and-peoples-tiohtiake-montreal.

If you Google land acknowledgement and the name of your location you’ll find your indigenous community history. For example, Halifax and Mi’kmaw. The acknowledgement can be included at the beginning of any prayer or other gathering.

Kathy Kelly, Ottawa associate

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Cameroon celebrates Youth Day on February 11

Cameroon celebrates Youth Day on February 11. This day is dedicated to getting the nation’s young people involved in constructive activities, instilling the spirit of leadership in them and encouraging them to participate in culture and society.

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The Congregation mother house kitchen gets a makeover in accordance with the 8r’s!

In a very impressive way, and thanks to excellent maintenance, some of the Mother house kitchen appliances have had a lifespan that has far exceeded the norm. Even so, the kitchen had to be rebuilt because some of the equipment and aspects of the facilities were outdated.

We reused everything we could. This is the case of the kitchen hood, which has not been moved and whose ducts have been "rejuvenated". Some items, such as shelves, were redistributed and found a new use elsewhere in the Mother house. Others, such as the old oven, will be donated to organizations that need them and can give them a second life.

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