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Elaine Hawrylak, Harriet MacNeil (Photo by Lorraine Abbass, CND)

Thanksgiving Jubilee Celebration Thanksgiving Day at Parkland had extra significance for all of us, in that we celebrated the Religious Jubilee of Sisters Harriet MacNeil, and Elaine Hawrylak, who together gave 130 years of extraordinary service to others. Their brilliant giftedness especially in Art, Music, and Song has been well known, sought, and appreciated by large audiences over a period of years.

In their incredible journey of service throughout the Congregation de Notre-Dame Community, Elaine and Harriet have been dedicated Educators, and an inspiration to students, parents, and friends. At Parkland, Cape Breton, Thanksgiving evening brought us together in prayer, celebration, laughter, song, tasty food, and an opportunity to “Roast and Toast!” Our celebration made us more deeply aware how very much we love, care, and share in the true spirit of Thanksgiving! May the years ahead for Sr. Harriet and Sr. Elaine, bring choice blessings of good health, joy, and peace in abundance.

Georgina MacInnis, CND

Blue Community Webinar – October 12, 2022

Paul Baines, Coordinator with csj, and Sister Anne Kargas, csj, led us CND Sisters and Associates in an informative webinar. We were asking for a review of and a bit of current information about Canada’s water concerns and issues in our quest to continue towards our goal of becoming a Blue Community. The session was recorded and will be made available through YouTube. Sister Karen copied the list of resources listed in the chat room and will forward these to us. Eventually we will apply to the Council of Canadians with our pledge of what we want to do through reflection, education, advocacy and service. We know we want to recognize and celebrate the sacredness of water; we want to know more about the watersheds where we live; and we seek ways of partnering with other groups to stress that water and sanitation are human rights.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND for JPIC

A Journey of Love and Hope by Elder Sister Dorothy Moore. (Nimbus Publishing). This book shares the prayer, the hopes, the words and counsels of Mi’ kmaw Elder Sister Dorothy Moore, a Sister of Saint Martha, an educator, and a lifelong activist for her people. Her very active life has been marked by achievements in educational advancements in the province as well as personal recognition. Sister Dorothy said, publicly, in 2015, and maintains her word: “Let’s stop blaming Residential Schools, government, and parents, etc. Let’s instead reclaim who we truly are as our Creator meant us to be.” The book launch will be held October 13, at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, NS. – Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Book Launch at St. Paul University, Ottawa, on October 14 at 1 pm ET

The Faculty of Theology’s Centre on the Churches, Truth, and Reconciliation with Indigenous People is proud to host a book launch for Come Dance With Me: A Medicine Wheel Practice of Anishinaabe Catholic Interculturation of Faith by Eva Solomon, CSJ, ssm. In this book, Sister Eva shares her personal experience and expresses an intercultural reading of the Christian faith and the practice of her Anishinaabe tradition. You can register for the online portion which includes a presentation by Sister Eva and a panel of speakers under the Events section at The book is available through Novalis at – Kathy Kelly, Associate


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