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Our three-day retreat at Andrews of Charlottetown facilitated by Sister Becky McKenna, May 29-31, was an excellent preparation for the Feast of the Visitation. Sister Becky spoke to us of Visitation encounters in our daily living, helped us reflect on the fact that each of us is the Beloved of God, led us into Praying with Breath, and much more. As usual, the genuineness of her message, the inspiring music and visuals, and the prayerful handouts contributed to a powerful retreat experience. Father John Lacey presided at our Eucharistic celebrations and gave us the Sacrament of the Sick.

On our Feast day, we were blessed with the presence of almost all of our PEI CND Sisters and our candidate Libby. At the Eucharist, we renewed our vows in English and French. We enjoyed a delicious lobster dinner with the other residents. This special occasion was also a time to celebrate our Jubilarians, Sisters Lorraine Arsenault (60) and Marie-Norma Gallant (50) – true VISITATION experiences!

Sisters of Notre Dame Community, Andrews of Charlottetown

Montréal: On the Feast of the Visitation, the Montreal and area associates joined with the Sisters at de Sève Residence and elsewhere for an evening of prayer, visitation and feasting. During the prayer, led by outgoing area representatives, Dianne Jarvis and Maureen Marcotte, and interspersed with music composed by Sr. Kathleen Deignan, Associates renewed their commitment and Sisters their vows. The Montréal group prays in thanksgiving for the leadership exercised by the outgoing representatives and asks the Spirit to bestow abundant blessings upon the ministry of leadership of our new area reps. We also express our gratitude to the Sisters at de Sève for their hospitality; welcoming us into their home for our monthly gatherings.

A blessed summer to all!

Charles Taker, Montreal Associate

Feast of the Visitation: On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 the St. Theresa and Holy Angels Associates gathered in the Chapel at the Parkland Cape Breton Sydney to renew our commitment under the leadership of Sister Theresa Sampson. We had a beautiful Prayer/Reflection Service and listened to reflective music by Kathleen Deignan, CND. We discussed Sr. Sophie Christine Mbougoum, intercultural experience based upon the charism of visitation from her country Africa. Sister Theresa renewed her Vow and the Associates their commitment. We ended with everyone singing the Magnificat.

Dianne MacAskill, Associate




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