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From Our Leadership Team:

Our leadership team meeting on October 13-14 was marked with sadness and joy as Dorothy O’Brien passed gently into eternal life. She seems to have given us her blessing, since we were able to address in some way all three of the goals we set ourselves for the next four years (as well as celebrating Mary Anne Powers’ birthday!).

Goal #1: We will engage the CND family of Blessed Sacrament Province in the implementation of the General Chapter 2016-2021 orientation.

Almost 150 sisters, Associates and friends participated in the fall gatherings in Kankakee, the Bronx, and Wilton or at an Associates’ gathering in Rhode Island, Pensacola, and Staten Island. We should pass the 150 number by our gathering at Andrus on October 23!

What’s next? After October 23, we will share the lists of all those who have committed themselves to living interculturality, going to the peripheries, or honoring our common home.

The next step is to continue the rich and deep contemplative dialogue begun at the gatherings. The “WE . . .” statements from others who have committed themselves to the same element as you did should be a powerful source for contemplation.

Goal #2: We will facilitate the sisters’ and associates’ participation in moving the province forward.

Vocation ministry is of course key to moving the province forward, and we believe that the ministry is best accomplished by a team, facilitated by a coordinator with enthusiasm, flexibility, and skill in communication and management.

Goal #3: We will create a climate that supports the capacity of each sister to live fully and well in mission for the whole of our lives.

Convinced that they have expertise and experience that we lack, we have engaged a consulting firm to work with us through May, 2018, helping us explore alternative healthcare and housing options. The emphasis is on engaging all members of the community in the process.

Associate News – Sr. Joan Mahoney & Donna Wuhrer

Second Associate Assembly, Wilton, CT, October 20 - 22, 2017: The Visitation Van is on its way! The 57 Associates and 27 Sisters are boarding in Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and various parts of Canada. They are looking forward to hearing the wisdom of Sr. Lorraine Caza, CND, praying together, enjoying each other and planning their future. If you are not able to be on the van, please pray for us to Mary and Marguerite to listen well to the Spirit among us. We will be remembering all of you!


New Candidates in Stamford, CT: The Ritual of Welcome for two Candidates was celebrated by the Stamford, CT Associate Community on September 17. Associates Candice, Linda, Kitty and Connie guided Jill and Joan in the initial inquiry process during the past year. The new Candidates look forward to learning more about the Congregation de Notre-Dame charism and heritage during this coming year. Please keep them in your prayer during this time of formation in the Associate Relationship.

Associate Renewal as a Teachable Moment: Maureen became an Associate in Hayesville, NC in 2014. She now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and participates in the Associate Conference Call community when possible. She invited the Parish Rite of Christian Initiation Team with whom she ministers to be with her in her renewal of her Congregation de Notre-Dame Associate commitment last May. Maureen included a brief presentation on Marguerite’s charism and life and how she strives to emulate her values as part of the ceremony. Thank you, Thank you, Maureen for spreading the Congregation de Notre-Dame story.

An Associate Response to a Province Area Day: Because of distance and personal circumstances many Associates were not able to attend one of the Province Area Days. The following is the response of an Associate who attended one. “The meetings were awesome; the topics, yes, but the faith and the spirit of the women were so inspirational to me, to witness the spirit working in the room as women spoke their faith through their hearts. Of course, in addition to all that good stuff, to see again some of my "old" friends ...and to meet almost every single woman who was there … They were so welcoming! (Marguerite's) spirit was alive through all of those women and I could feel it.”

Wilton Province Area Day: Associates and Sisters discuss the CND Orientation

Marie Madden, Sr. Julia Lydon, Candice Bryan, Sr. Ann Perrin

Marylin Liggins, Dorothy Callahan, Sr. Marilyn Medinger, Ellen Lynch

Sr. Anne Marie Landry, Linda Bova, Sr. Kathleen Dorney, Francoise Telo, Associate Candidate



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