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Joan Mahoney, CND, & Regina Smith

At the 4 pm May 27 Liturgy at St. Rose of Lima Church in Kankakee, IL, 5 women became Associates with the IL Associates and Sisters as witnesses.

Maria, Rosario and Guadalupe have been meeting with Sr. Mary Mac Isaac as the beginning of a new Latina Associate Community in Kankakee. Sr. Mary has chosen women who are leaders to begin the new Associate Community.

Sr. Mary Mac Isaac began this group when she lived in Chicago. Those three Associates made their first commitment in January, 2014 and are dedicated leaders.


On Friday May 26, Shirley, who had been has attending the Kankakee Associate meetings for years, made her Associate Commitment in a ceremony at St. Patrick’s Convent, Kankakee, IL.

 


North Carolina Renewal of Commitment & Associate Retreat

On the final associate retreat on the topic "Discovering the Charism of Marguerite in the Stories of our Lives" in North Carolina, the 11 Associates, one candidate and 2 Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame shared their stories and more on May 20, 2017. When asked about the highlights of the retreat, one associate commented about "the sharing- how it deepened the experience of our calling." Another exclaimed "there (are) comparisons between me and Marguerite: big surprise."

This associate retreat, which started at Quonnie in September 2016, has been offered in Pensacola, FL, Staten Island, NY, Wilton, CT, South Holland, IL, and Hayesville, NC. Sister Joan and Regina were warmly received by each associate group and "felt the love" of the associates as they explored the charism of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

 

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