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Associates at CND Assembly, July 10-13, 2014, Wilton, CT

Sr. Joan Mahoney & Donna Wuhrer, Associate

Nine Associates and two Associate Candidates participated in the Summer Gathering, July 10-13 in Wilton; six from the mid-west and five from the east. Some of their dynamic realizations about their experience were:

  • Congregation of Notre Dame vitality for mission is lived by both Associates and Sisters but in different ways.
  • Seeing Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters and Associates faces all around me made me feel so welcomed and my commitment more real.
  • Associates are fellow travelers with the Sisters; together we are keepers of the charism.

During a final session, some remarks of Sisters about Associates presence and interaction at the assembly were:

  • There is a new “us” – Sisters and Associates, a movement of the Spirit. How do we respond and work together?
  • Could more of us, Sisters, individually reach out to Associates?
  • How do we collaborate together, Associates and Sisters, around issues, especially immigration?

In a final gathering with Sr. Joan, the Associates spoke of their own needs:

  • Activities for Associates and Sisters to be in direct ministry together;
  • More connection, more dialogue among us: a blog or other electronic device;
  • Responsibility of Associates to get our legs under us, to not always be dependent on the Congregation, to begin to move to sustainability.

All eleven were very appreciative to be together, to be with the Sisters and for the rich experience of the Assembly.

Associate Assembly for all Associates, April 17-19, 2015. Plan ahead!

Keynote: Sr. Patricia Simpson, CND, Marguerite Bourgeoys: member of Extern Congregation in Troyes and developer of the Ville Marie Confraternity, both akin to Associate Relationship today. We will reflect, pray, play, plan together. The planning committee strongly hopes there will be Associate representation from every Associate Community. For this purpose, assistance for travel costs is available. Sisters are also invited.

 

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