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Three days in Montreal at the end of August offered Lucille and Peggy a particularly interesting Congregation opportunity. They were included in a Wisdom Circle gathering of about 25 Visitation Province sisters around the issue of new membership for the CND. Sisters Josephine Badali and Anne C. Leonard were also participants.
Sister Cathy Bertrand, SSND, led the sessions and reminded the group that ultimately, "The only work that is asked of the members of a Congregation, individually and collectively, is to live this way of life with integrity and enthusiasm, and to extend the invitation to others, in numerous ways, to do likewise." One of the opening prayers touched also on this need for integrity and enthusiasm using the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery:
"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

The final day of the gathering was blessed by the First Profession of Sisters Andrée Maheu and Violaine Paradis from Marguerite-Bourgeoys Province at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel in Old Montreal. It was a beautiful celebration of two women whose gifts of self spoke of their endless longing for the immensity of God.




L-R: Srs. Eileen McQuaid, Gwendolyn O'Neil, Maureen MacIsaac, Maura McGrath, Sue Kidd, Peggy Doyle, Donna Kelly,
Lucille Cormier, Mildred Chabassol (behind Lucille) Karen Kelly, Ann Broderick


 

 

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