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Associates Celebrate in Thanksgiving for the Safe Return of Sister Gilberte

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Warm autumn greetings to everyone! We were pleased to receive your submissions for this Newsletter and hear about how you celebrated in thanksgiving for the freedom and release of Sr. Gilberte Bussière, Frs Gianpaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri.

Halifax, Sydney area, Woodstock

Halifax: Celebration of Thanksgiving
Submitted by: Frankie McCormack

On the warm sunny Friday, Sept. 5, our Halifax CND Associates and Sister met at the beautiful home of Bernadette and Michael Fegan at The Head of St. Margaret’s Bay. What a special spot to be gathered in the open concept kitchen, living room-dining room, looking out through the many, large windows at the beauty of nature.

Our circle of 8 was complete with a statue of Marguerite, her arms open wide welcoming us to celebrate and be thankful.

We completed the prayer service in thanksgiving for the safe return of Sister Gilberte and the two Italian priests. We shared on many things for which we are thankful. Pauline Dalton, CND told us of the days when she sat at the table in the Novitiate with

Sister Gilberte and how hard it was to think of her being held captive this year. Pauline offered to keep in touch with Sr. Gilberte to tell her how our thoughts have been with her.

We all felt special to have the pleasure of meeting Bernadette’s family especially Baby Declan whom we all prayed for during Mairead’s pregnancy and Declan’s open heart surgery in December (at four months of age). Mairead thanked all CND Sisters and Associates for all our prayers. We concluded with a beautiful lunch and more sharing and visitation.

 

Sydney Area Sisters and Associates Have a Pilgrimage

On the beautiful Fall morning of September 5th, some CND Sisters from the Sydney area and 12 Associates from the local groups gathered with the faith community at the St. Leonard Parish Church for a Mass of celebration to begin a pilgrimage to honor the safe release of Sister Gilberte and the two Italian Priests who had been captured in Cameroon and released on June 01, 2014. Our celebrant Fr. Ray Huntley told the gathered community that we had many reasons to be rejoicing over this very happy occasion and wished us luck as we continued our pilgrimage.

After Mass we travelled to Louisbourg to visit the site of the school built for the CND Sisters who had arrived in the 1700’s to teach and board the local girls living there. We then made our way to Exhibit #18 to spend time with the memorabilia of Marguerite housed there. We could not allow the day to end without the sharing of tea and “visitation” as we enjoyed a meal together at a local restaurant.

While the group was at Exhibit #18 at Louisbourg, they found this photo taken at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Associates in Antigonish, NS. Included in the photo are my husband Ray and myself and Ray’s parent’s Cyril and Helen Ross. Ray and I had just become Associates in the Spring of 1991, a few weeks before this celebration.

 

Woodstock Associates Remember Sr Gilberte

A few parishioners joined some of the CND Associates at St Gertrude’s church on September 5, where a Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated for Sr Gilberte Brussière and the two Italian priests that had been kidnapped with her. This was followed by a Prayer Service which was prepared by the Central Canada Co-Coordinators. Then the group enjoyed a time of visitation and refreshments in the Church Vestry. When the CND Sisters lived in Woodstock, everyone attending daily mass was invited to the convent for tea, coffee and muffins and a friendly “visit”. While preparing for this Prayer Service, the Associates decided that we would like to provide a visit and refreshments after one Friday morning mass each month.

Mass followed by a time of Visitation at Woodstock

 

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