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Education Session in Kingston

On Monday, September 23rd, over 60 sisters and associates of the three Congregations at Providence Mother House attended a presentation given by Beverly Musgrave, PhD. The topic was Aging - A Time of Transitioning, God coming to us Disguised as Our Life. During her talk, Beverly addressed experiences of loss as a natural part of life, and how different persons experience grief as a natural response to all kinds of loss. The experience of aging invites us to open the doors of transition and to enter into a new awareness of grace. For all of us Beverly was like a lamplighter leading us toward the dawn where God lifts the disguise and shows us what lies beyond the doors of transition. She presented each person’s life as a unique unfinished symphony and showed us how we can let God arrange the harmony so that we may live fully until we die. All who attended appreciated Beverly’s presentation and were grateful to the Visitation Province Wellness & Health Resource Team for having made it possible.

Eleanor Monahan, CND


Orange Shirt Day – September 30th

A six-year old girl, Phyllis Jack from the Dog Creek reserve, BC, was preparing to go to school. Her Kyeye “granny” took her into Williams Lake, BC where she

picked-out a bright orange shirt. Phyllis was taken to St. Joseph

Residential School outside of Williams Lake where she, like all the other children, was stripped of all her clothing and never saw the orange shirt again. As an adult, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad wrote a

children’s book, “The Orange Shirt” story which became very popular. In 2013, Orange Shirt Day was

declared a National Day of Remembrance for the child/survivors of the residential school system in

Canada. If possible, wear an orange shirt on September 30th.

See video at http://www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllis-story.html

Marianne Reid, CND


Outing to East Bay, NS: On Monday, September 23rd, Sr. Éléonore Vautour and Sr. Mary Murphy enjoyed a morning drive, which included some time spent at Illahee.

Arlene Rutledge, coordinator, CND Health Care Centre


SEASON OF CREATION CONTINUED…

Reconciliation with First Nations In the past couple of years since the Truth and Reconciliation

Commission concluded in 2015, land acknowledgements have become a common practice for many groups and institutions, with the intention of giving place to communities that were often invisible. The journey to reconciliation is long and complicated, with some unexpected turns. Over the coming year JPIC will be working with the Leadership Team to discern ways for Visitation Province to respond to the TRC Calls to Action and develop our part towards the work of Reconciliation. We will explore delicate topics, like how we can sensitively approach and formulate land acknowledgements. As Sisters and Associates of the Province, we have varied experiences and familiarity with First Nations groups and issues; together we will find ways to connect to Reconciliation that reflects our charism and mission. In the meantime, if you want to explore more about different perspectives on land acknowledgements, take a look at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/land-acknowledgments-reconciliation-1.5061778

Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator


150thAnniversary of the Sisters, Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph, coming to Miramichi, NB September 25th, St. Michael’s Basilica in Chatham, NB was the setting for a special Mass, celebrated by Archbishop André Richard from Moncton. Although sisters are no longer in Chatham, many came from elsewhere, as did friends, former students and neighbors of the sisters who formerly lived and worked in this community. Sister Marie St. Coeur and I were there with three CND associates. (Marguerite Bourgeoys’s name came-up more than

once in our greetings!) The Sisters of Charity of Saint John were represented and a member of Notre- Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Sisters was present. In the evening we enjoyed a banquet at the Rodd, where

we viewed a PowerPoint summary of the years of work of the RHSJ in local schools and hospitals. The event was a celebration expressing the ever-remembered gratitude of people for the dedication through the many years of service of these sisters.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND


In this Season of Creation

In this Season of Creation
You Are Cordially Invited
to the Dedication of

Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND
INSTITUTE FOR HEART AND SPIRIT

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Academic Ceremony at Noon
Under the Ginkgo Tree at Iona College
and
Community Celebration and Reception
6 PM Burke Lounge of Spellman Hall

More information

RSVP RESERVATION TO kdeignan@iona.edu

 

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