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Route 19 Luncheon with Sr. Agnes Campbell

Theresa MacNeil and Winnie Odo, Associates

There was a joyous celebration on Route 19 in Inverness County, Tuesday, October 8th, 2019. A multitude of guests gathered at the beautiful facility “Route 19 Brewery and Restaurant” to hear Sr. Agnes’ speech. She captivated the audience of sisters, priests, former students, associates and people from the neighbouring communities. Sr. Agnes spoke on the life and journey of St. Marguerite and she gave an account of the history of the Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters in Inverness County. There was a presence of CND sisters in Inverness County from 1884 to 2019, a span of 135 years. She and other sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame taught school in Inverness County. Some former students attending mentioned by name the CND sisters who had been their teachers. It was a beautiful gesture of remembrance to hear their names.

Sr. Agnes advised the gathering that the Congregation de Notre-Dame now has sisters who branched out across Canada into the United States, Japan, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Cameroon and France. The sisters continue to bring the spirit of Marguerite Bourgeoys and her vision to the people where it can do the most good.

There are very few sisters now who are actively teaching. The sisters are involved in all kinds of service: Social work, Pastoral, Justice and Peace. Sr. Agnes shared that the sisters have moved away from the large institutions and are returning more to their roots and simplicity which Marguerite Bourgeoys lived. Sr. Agnes shared that the needs of the world are also different now and that there is so much unrest among people everywhere. We are all called to care for one another.

In closing, Sr. Agnes asked God to continue to bless us and our families.

New Victoria Associate, Winnie Odo, presented Sr. Agnes with a beautiful bouquet of daisies and lavender. A light meal of soup, bread and dessert was appreciated and enjoyed.


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