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Historic Sacred Heart church Visit

On Sept. 3, 2021, Sisters and Associates were invited to a tour of the former historic Sacred Heart church which was arranged by Dianne MacAskill. The church is over 130 years old and was vacant for 10 years . It has been renovated into a multi-functional venue for celebration and entertainment for the residents of Sydney. Kevin and Cheryl Colford had a vision for the old church. It has been redecorated preserving the 19th century old architecture retaining much of the stain glass windows, pillars and the sacredness of the church. The church is now called Sacred Heart Downtown and it is a tribute to the rich history of the former parish in Sydney.

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The needs of others are rarely convenient

There are times when you wish you didn’t see what you saw or hear what you heard, because the situation meant you had to do something. And you were busy or tired or fed up with the needs of others. Some call it fate. Christians refer to it as an opportunity of grace, of meeting Christ when you least feel like it.

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Development and Peace

This year's theme, People and Planet First, is inspired by Pope Francis' message of integral ecology. The campaign highlights the fact that all too often, the fundamental rights of the most vulnerable people, including their right to a healthy environment, are not respected by the current economic model. People and Planet First is about reaffirming our obligation to safeguard human rights. With this campaign, we hope to grow the chorus of voices calling for mandatory corporate social responsibility legislation.

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Moving on…

Cranbrook, BC, Associates met face to face for the first time since February 2020. As we gathered, we shared the news of the last 18 months – the first grandchild, the loss of a loved one, the joy of returning to in-person Mass as well as the gratitude that we are all still here. We are all older, greyer but hopefully wiser and more loving, caring, and grateful for the small things because of our experience of COVID.

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Birthday 101

Sister Charlotte Lockhart was in for a happy surprise on her birthday. She knew her friends from outside could not come to a “party,” but the house staff organized a huge celebration with the residents at Windsor Court.

Everyone enjoyed cake and wine, lots of laughter and visiting in the penthouse mid-afternoon. Charlotte is grateful to the party-planners and house residents for a good time!

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On Sunday, Sept. 26th the faith community of Toronto was invited to celebrate the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at St. Ann’s Parish, the “Native People’s Mission.” Fr. Wilson Andrade, CSC, presided at the Eucharist with Readings and Songs in a variety of languages: Cebuano, Ojibway and English. Sr. Petite Lao, RNDM, had prepared the liturgy and shared with the Assembly her reflection on the “Filipino Catholics and the Challenges of the Truth and Reconciliation Process in Canada.” This thesis project is ‘an action research’ that aims to explore with the Filipino Catholic Community in the Archdiocese of Toronto the shaping of a social justice education program that is culturally relevant. It is the hope that educational resources become more meaningful and relatable to them given that the history of Filipino immigration is relatively current.

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A Birthday Celebration in Sydney

On Tuesday, Sept. 28th at the CND Health Center in Sydney, we were pleased to celebrate Sr. Rita Chisholm on her 99th Birthday. We celebrated with friends, song, prayer and of course cake.

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Dinner Guests

We were excited to receive three of Libby’s colleagues from the University of Prince Edward Island for dinner on Thursday, Sept. 23. Two of whom are from India and one is from Nigeria. We enjoyed a chicken feast together, along with sharing who we are, including conversations of our different faith traditions. It was an exhilarating conversation, and all were as eager to share as we were. As a congregation, we continue to deepen our call to live interculturality. At Raspberry Avenue, we wanted to share our unexpectedly intercultural experience that all started with dinner. Libby really wants to end with: A Sikh, a Hindu and a Muslim walk into Raspberry Ave... and laughter, prayer and fellowship followed.

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Season of Creation - Prayer Service

A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God

Integral Ecological Sign of the Cross                                                                                                          

Reader 1: We begin our celebration of the Season of Creation using the prayers and readings from September 5, the first Sunday liturgy of this season. 

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province (USA)

From Our Leadership Team

The new Leadership Team--Mary Anne Foley, Jaculyn Hanrahan, Nancy Downing, Joan Curtin, and Eileen Good—began its ministry on September 18th with this beautiful blessing prepared by the Chapter Liturgy Committee, as many witnessed on Zoom. We are so grateful for the prayer and support we have received.

But of course each one of us is called to leadership in whatever setting we find ourselves, and so we offer this blessing to all of you in turn, asking that our loving God gift you with

mindfulness

wisdom

stillness

passion

creativity

compassion

integrity,

and many good friends.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

On Saturday, September 18/21, a sunny autumn day, the sisters of Kingston living outside the Providence Motherhouse gathered at Villa Consolata on Howe Island to celebrate the Jubilee of Grace of Sister Emily Doherty, CND. It was an afternoon of prayer, song, recalling of memories and lots of laughter both by Emily and by the group gathered. We acknowledged her years of teaching, her work as the Diocesan liturgist and as Bursar at Notre Dame, Wright Crescent. Someone also recalled that she did the first reading at the Canonization of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys in Rome. As often happens when Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters get together there was a happy hour, pizza, gifts, cake and lots of gratitude to have Emily with us.

Rosemary Shannon, CND

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

The fall is a wonderful time for a walk in the woods, and on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11, almost 30 sisters and associates did just that, although virtually. “Roots and Fruits: Growing Together for the Life of the World,” was the theme of this year’s Howe Island Virtual Gathering. Based on inspiration from the TV Ontario documentary, “Borealis” and facilitated by Ann Gotfryd, we considered the trees and most especially the forest and how mystically amazing its unforgettable music sings to us of the interconnectedness of creation. We reflected on what motivates and nourishes us and how that nourishment can be brought to the world. We considered how a forest cultivates new growth. Jacqueline Fehlner and Mary Myers provided insight into the General and Provincial Chapters and we spent time considering the new orientation and the growth and change we must consider as a result.

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Visitation Province Leadership Team [2017-2021]

We are happy to announce the Visitation Province Leadership Team [2021-2025]. 

Rebecca McKenna, CND Province Leader 

Maureen Baldwin, CND Associate to Province Leader 

Karen Kelly, CND Councillor 

Donna McInnis, CND Province Bursar / Councillor for Finance & Administration 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

A Special Visitation Moment in Kingston

On Tuesday, August 24, Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters at Providence Mother House in Kingston received a special visit from Sister Becky McKenna. Sister Becky was on vacation in Ottawa and decided to come to Kingston to see us after such a long time had passed since she had been able to come. We all gathered in the gazebo on the spacious and verdant grounds on a very warm and humid afternoon. For us, it was an Emmaus moment as we listened to Becky describe to us her experience of the General Chapter. Among the facts and different topics of the Chapter discussions, Becky shared with us the spirit of the Chapter. As she spoke of the spirit of openness, and the expressions of joy, enthusiasm and hope that informed the experience, our hearts too were burning within us with same spirit. She explained to us that the meaning of interculturality was approached in a broader sense to include intergenerational living, inter community experience and our connection with international and multicultural persons within our own living situation. Needless to say, we all came away from this visitation encounter with deep appreciation and gratitude to Becky for having taken the time to come to us.

Eleanor Monahan, CND

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Students from Mount Carmel Elementary School Waterbury CT: Walking in the Footsteps of Laudato Si

This year Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Waterbury, Ct, grades Pre-K 3 to 8, will be working hard at learning Laudato Si and putting its principles into practice. Every child from grades 1-8 has a notebook where they will write their activities and thoughts about caring for our common home. Every two weeks they engage in a new practice.  This first week they are studying and learning about “A Place Called Home, Pope Francis’ theme for the Month of Creation.

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Live the present moment as a wonderful gift…

No two days are the same. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift,” as Eleanor Roosevelt said. Two days ago, as I do almost once a month, I went to the municipal garbage dump of Santa Barbara. It is worth mentioning that we pay for garbage collection, but we do not have this service.

Since my first visit to the garbage dump, I am always deeply shocked to see how people live off garbage, but this day was different... I cannot describe the impact it had on me. You may be wondering why, if it is the same place, what was different? The difference is perhaps that the first time I went my eyes did not see this reality as painfully as I experienced it this time. Maybe because that first time it was men doing the work. I say it honestly: when I remember this moment the image comes to me immediately, and my heart is still broken... and crying.

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Petition as part of the COP15 (Biodiversity) and COP26 (Climate)

I am writing to invite you to sign the “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” Petition initiated by GCCM. By this, four requests are presented to the leaders who will attend the international environmental meetings this fall. 

This petition pertains to the COP15 on Biodiversity (October 2021). It will bring together the signatory countries of the Convention on Biodiversity. This includes all countries where we operate except for the United States. The petition also concerns the COP26 which will bring together all the signatory countries of the Paris Agreement. All the countries where the CND operates have signed it. 

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ORIENTATION 2021-2026

Rooted in Jesus Christ, in love and compassion and in contemplative dialogue, we, CND sisters and associates, dare to go further to humanize our relationships and to allow ourselves to be transformed.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

This is the 3rd year for our presence at the Fortress of Louisbourg with Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters and Associates informing tourists of Saint Marguerite’s journey. Lorrette Andrews and Dianne MacAskill had a visit from a PEI Mercy Associate Mary MacLean. Mary is also an ARCAN member.

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Get a good cup of tea

September 24th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, celebrated worldwide in a special way by the Sisters of Mercy. Noted for their work among the poor, the Sisters of Mercy were founded by Catherine McAuley in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland. Known as the “walking nuns,” Catherine and her sisters literally picked up the poor off the streets of Dublin at a time of tremendous poverty and abject human misery, especially for women and children. They sheltered, clothed, educated and fed whoever needed care.

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