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Visitation sculpture from the prayer centre at the 2017 Provincial Chapter 

News and Views From the West

“Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son; and His Name will be called Emmanuel.” Isaiah 7;14

Advent Invites Us -What might we do to make our hearts ever more ready for the in -breaking of Love?

“The spaciousness of deep prayer readies our hearts for the inbreaking of the reign of Love which is, in fact, an evolving consciousness …” Pat Farrell, OSF

May each of us experience this season as a time of deepening love and Joy … a blessed time of care and hope for our world! 

Local News

West Kootenay Happenings

Our 2017 – 2018 Gatherings began in September. Chris and Gerry had recently moved to Castlegar and hosted our gathering in their new home. Norma returned to Fruitvale after several years and was welcomed to our group. After our prayer service, group discussion took place to decide this year’s agenda. The book “Call to Compassion” - A Retreat with St. Marguerite Bourgeoys by Sister Louise Finn CND was unanimously chosen. The afternoon closed with a blessing for Chris and Gerry’s new home by Sister Norma and the presentation of a house warming gift to them both. Lovely snacks and coffee were enjoyed by all.

Chris and Gerry have graciously offered their home for our monthly gatherings.

We began our retreat with Marguerite at our October gathering. It was a great start and discussion within the group.

November gathering began in the morning at Maureen’s. We started with the International Day of Prayer prepared by Visitation Province. Retreat with Marguerite Day 2 – Rekindling the Fire was prayed and good discussion around the circle. A lunch of yummy soups were prepared by Maureen and Doug and enjoyed by all.

Next on the agenda in the afternoon was a special milestone birthday party. Several associates and Sister Norma Gallant convoyed to Fruitvale to the home of Associate Stan and his wife Gizelle for Stan’s 100th birthday celebration a month early with his CND/Associate family. His actual birthday is on Christmas Day. Stan made his first Commitment January 12th, 1989. What a lovely afternoon! It began with visiting and we then sang an Ode to Stan remembering significant memories of his life, written by Maureen. A beautiful cake was brought by Sister Norma and Anne and was delicious. I believe Stan was quite touched. Tammy gave Stan a special Blessing and then everyone sang the Blessing song over him. A very memorable afternoon

East Kootenay Happenings

The Cranbrook Associates resumed their regular monthly meetings in September. We started out by sharing what has gone on in our lives since we last met as well as bringing forth names of those we would like to remember in our prayers.

For our November meeting we were delighted to have Teresa, our Chapter delegate, share with us the Associate Chapter presentation material which is being presented to all the groups in Visitation Province. Thank youTeresa. It was such a good review of the history of Marguerite and the CND’s. We will continue to use the full text in our meetings.

We were also delighted to have Father Aaron de Dios, our new Pastor, attend the meeting. He is very supportive of the CND Associates, so we look forward to a good working relationship with him.

For the Spiritual part of our meetings we are viewing and listening to several DVD’s of Father Ron Rolheiser, as well as several talks presented at the Los Angelus Religious Educational conference. We are appreciative of the spiritual support we give each other as members of the Associate group.

The Coast And Vancouver Island

Mid September, Nancy visited a number of the associates in the lower mainland, Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.

Marlene and Faith exploring the coast  near Campbell River! 


The Okanagan And Kamloops Areas

The South Okanagan folks met at Summerland and celebrated using November’s CND Internationality Prayer Service.

They enjoyed the International Day of Prayer and then enjoyed spending time with each other. Over coffee we discussed interests that we are involved with. We noted ways that our interest align with the CND General Orientation; Looking after an elderly family member (celebrating the diversity between generations) Supporting and helping younger family members (being open to and celebrating the diversity between generations) Volunteering at the charity, Canadian Food for Children. (responding in hope to the cries of our wounded world) Being welcoming and giving counsel to new residents at a Seniors Lodge. (Facing fears and vulnerabilities) Taking part in parish activities such as parish council, etc. (being open to diversity of cultures, attitudes and structures)

Rosemary Shannon visited Kelowna, Trail and Kamloops in September

Sister Marianne celebrated a major birthday in 108 Mile October 30th   with the Cheramy’s, Gowans and Nancy.

Special Events – Your Coordinators and Reps on the Move!!!

4 Western Associates Attended the Visitation Province Chapter in Antigonish, Nova Scotia

This week long experience, included 12 associates from across Canada with the 70 plus CND sisters of Visitation Province to consider our present life and ministry in the light of today’s needs and the orientation of our General Chapter from the previous summer. We all took part in a process to formulate the province’s new directional statement. While the sisters were occupied with the election of the new Provincial Leadership team the associates took time to share their perspectives on Associate Relationship as lived in Visitation Province and prepared a presentation highlighting the Past, Present and Future of Associate Relationship for the sisters at one of the evening gatherings.

Central Committee Meeting in August in Montreal

"... we are charcoal ready to be kindled ... " (WMB pg. 204)

The agenda centered on the fire of the Holy Spirit as expressed in Associate Relationship.

Day 1: Enkindled in the Spirit Day 2: Tending the Fire Day 3: Carrying the Flame Day 4: Ablaze in the World

Nancy, Pat, Karen, Anna and Marjorie represented the Associates of Visitation Province at the Central Committee Meeting in Montreal. This meeting each summer gathers the coordinators from each CND province and region worldwide for four days to consider present developments in our Associate Relationship, spiritual input, prayer together and moments of fun together.

The Blessing of Our Associate Tree Planted on the Motherhouse Grounds in Montreal in Response to Our Commitment to Care for the Earth

Blessed Sacrament Province Associate Assembly Wilton, Ct, Oct., 20-22

"Associate Relationship: Alive Today; Co-creating God's Dream for Tomorrow."

Sister Lorraine Caza, keynote speaker for the Blessed Sacrament Province Associate Assembly in Wilton Ct. October 19-21

Getting on the Bus for the Future!

Symbols From Each Local Community

Symbols of each local associate group in the US were presented and displayed in the assembly room. We brought the Visitation wood statue as a symbol of Canada’s Associates.

The Canadians met in Wilton for their 3-day coordinators’ meeting after the Assembly




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