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Bringing Chapter Home 

On Friday, March 2nd, the Area Gathering was held at Parkland Cape Breton, for sisters and associates. The purpose of the meeting was "to bring the Chapter home" and the presenters did reach their goal.

Sister Eileen McQuaid and Sister Catherine Walker, members of the leadership team facilitated the meeting. Sister Gwen O'Neil and Diane MacAskill, associate, captured the spirit of the Chapter with a very thorough overview, that included the serious and the fun times. Monica Lambton, Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) coordinator for Visitation Province, challenged us to discover ways that we could make "the cry of the periphery" reach its full meaning in our daily lives. Although we were encouraged to think outside the box and definitely outside our comfort zone, the sharing proved to be most beneficial. The meeting was brought to a close with the singing of our theme song "How Then Shall We Live."

Helen Aboud, CND

March 8 – International Women's Day — a day to reflect on women's achievements and recognize the issues and concerns we continue to face in seeking gender equality. International Women's Day is celebrated globally. It is an ongoing reminder to all of us of the action needed to continue our support of women’s efforts in today’s world. This might be a good time – this week, as a follow-up, for us to remember, with gratitude, some of the courageous women who have touched our lives. Maybe our prayer and our conversation will include names of women we have known personally or have read about with admiration. Maybe there are women around us, where we live, whom we could recognize and encourage in their efforts to promote women’s safety, health, job opportunities, and other marks of gender equality.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Sisters and Associates in Summerside, PE

We did Give it up for the Earth with our pledge in grand style.

Marie L. Arsenault, CND

Truro Area Gathering 

On Sunday, March 4th, associates and sisters gathered in Truro at Immaculate Conception Church for the “Bringing the Chapter Home” presentation. Eleven members were present from Halifax, Truro and Pictou-New Glasgow. Anna Rowley gave a warm welcome to Sisters Catherine Walker and Eileen McQuaid. Brief Chapter reflections were shared. Anna spoke of the amazing energy and how as an associate, it was an honour to participate in the Chapter and to be there to celebrate our new Provincial Leader, Sister Becky McKenna. Sister Eileen talked about the sense of unity, and Sister Donna McInnis commented on the sense of balance and prayer over the week. On top of all the work, there was also time for fun and laughter. The presentation focused on our contemplative stance and call to the peripheries. Through thought-provoking questions, self-reflection and sharing, we explored how to move forward and how the peripheries can both challenge and liberate. Using the example of a scroll, we were reminded that we cannot change the past nor see the future; rather our focus needs to be on the open part of the scroll, the NOW. The video, “The Deer’s Cry” was powerful and well received by the participants. Out time together ended with prayer and the song “How Then Shall We Live?” Everyone enjoyed the visitation time during our refreshment break. We are grateful to Sisters Eileen and Catherine for bringing this presentation to Truro, on behalf of the entire Provincial Leadership Team.

Gwen Langille-McKinnon, associate

All God’s Creation Is Very Good  

This was the theme of this year's World Day of Prayer service prepared by the women of Suriname. It was heart-warming to see our residents of different faith traditions come together to praise God for Creation, to ask pardon for our misuse of our Common Home and to pray for insight and wisdom as we commit ourselves to care for God's Creation. The Earth ball and symbols representing the four elements of earth, air, fire and water were carried in procession and placed on our display table while we sang "For the Beauty of the Earth." Candles were lit for each "day" of Creation as the Genesis account was read. Other appropriate hymns were sung. A snack consisting of fruit which grows in Suriname was served. This prayer service has become an annual event and is very well attended.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND

Apostle for the Earth

Sister Mary Corbett, is doing her part as a member of JPIC to promote care of the Earth, our common home, according to Laudato Si. She recently presented a video featuring the Canadian Response to Laudato Si and also explained the Give it Up for the Earth campaign, which consists of sending the special postcard to members of government. Mary has been very active in this program having presented it to the local associate groups and is pictured here as she made her presentation to the people here at Parkland Cape Breton. She is getting lots of signatures in favour of “Take action for climate justice in Canada.” Thanks to Mary for helping to wake us up.

Simone Abbass, CND


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