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Winnie Odo and Marjorie Allison-Ross

Quote from PEI Associate Dorena Hall after reading Sister Ann Broderick’s Letter to Visitation Associates encouraging Sisters and Associates to support the Congregation of Notre-Dame Corporate Climate Stance: “What an inspiring letter! Supporting the Corporate Stance offers us an opportunity to help build God's kingdom here on earth. It is our Christian responsibility to let our light shine, to be a voice for those who suffer the most from climate change. Thanks for this.”

“Together, we will answer the call and raise one Congregational voice in unity of heart and mind for the sake of Mother Earth”…. (March 25, 2015 letter from Central Office).

During the past several months, Sisters and Associates have been reading and discussing the topic of Climate Change and what can be done to reverse the effects and slow down the forward momentum. As we gathered in May to celebrate the Feast of Visitation, sisters renewed their vows and associates their commitments and we all were invited to sign the Climate Change—Taking A Stand (Our Demand). For the associates in Visitation East, these signature forms are to be sent to Winnie Odo who will be compiling the results to send to the Central Office of Associate Relationship in early June. We thank you all for your participation in this important event that involved the whole Congregation (sisters and associates living mutuality). 

Dr. McCloskey, CND 

Sister Eleanor McCloskey, CND, received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from St Thomas University (STU) on May 12 in recognition of her work as a teacher, pastoral caregiver and community activist. In the Convocation Program, it states: “She has lived a life of joy in her faith and service to others. Throughout her life, she has been motivated by belief in the values of inclusiveness and equality—this belief inspired her to challenge the boundaries in every community that she has served, whether it is the church, the university or society”. Sister Eleanor spoke at the Spring Convocation Dinner on May 11. Congratulations Eleanor on this well-deserved recognition.

Bishop Robert Harris, Chancellor of STU, conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws upon Sister Eleanor McCloskey and an honorary Doctor of Letters upon Mr. Mark Helprin. In photo below: Bishop Harris, Sister Eleanor McCloskey, STU President Dawn Russell, and Mark Helprin.

CND Calendar quote for June 2015: “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” Author Unknown

Reflection: How do I ap-proach conflict?

Visitation Provincial AssemblyToronto, July 6-10, 2015

Three associates will represent Visitation East at this Assembly and bring back information for the Maritime Associates. Bernadette Fegan (Halifax associate) will join the Co-Coordinators (Marjorie Allison-Ross and Anna Rowley) in visiting associate groups this Fall to share the ideas that the speaker, Sr. Nancy Sylvester (Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) provided at the assembly on the topic of Contemplation and Contemplative Prayer. Through e-mail, you have received 6 articles on this topic. Every Congregation of Notre Dame sister and associate is encouraged to read the articles as they will help us to understand Contemplation. The titles of the articles so far are: “Contemplation: A Call to All”; “Contemplation: When Words Don’t Work”; “Contemplation and Changing Consciousness”; Stop Staring…. Contemplative Practice”; “Exercising Contemplative Power”; “Contemplation: Learning to Trust Again”. For more info on Sr. Nancy Sylvester’s work, please visit her website at

PEI Associates Visitation with Congregational Leadership Team 

On April 13, the Congregational Leadership Team met with associates from Charlottetown and North Rustico, P.E. I. Having experienced a brutal winter, we were ready to welcome the light they brought to us. Their presentations were informative and encouraging.

The team outlined the history of the Congregation, beginning in 1653 and ending in the present day. The timeline proved to be informative. It shows us how the sisters followed God’s call, no matter what the cost. Marguerite led with discernment and courage, always being ready to listen and respond to God’s call as it unfolded in her life.

Some of the issues that surfaced are the following:

Social media and its impact on us, primarily on our youth.

  • Lack of interaction with young people-especially in our schools.
  • How to encourage vocations to the religious life.
  • What it means to be an inclusive Church.
  • The importance of taking a corporate stance on major world challenges, e.g. climate change.

We have a new awareness of the magnificence of our universe and the giftedness it offers us. All of creation is wrapped in God’s embrace. How could we be other than grateful? 

Congregational Leadership Team include: Sr. Arlita Matte, Councillor, Congregation Secretary; Sr. Anne Leonard, Councillor; Sr. Danielle Dubois, Associate to the Congregation Leader; Sr. Agnes Campbell, Councillor; Sr. Josephine Badali, Congregation Leader; Sr. Donna Rose, Congregation Bursar. 

2015 Visitation East


Mabou: September 11-13

Woodstock: September 19 

Truro area Associates 

The Truro area Associates gathered on May 21st at Trudy's home for our renewal of commitment and signing of the Corporate Stance. We were especially pleased to have Winnie and Gerald with us for our gathering and the meal that followed at the Glengary. Martha expressed thanks to Winnie for her dedication over these last six years in her ministry as co-coordinator. Warm thanks were also expressed to Gerald for his generosity and support which enabled Winnie to serve so capably and joyfully. Gerald and Winnie enjoyed the overnight hospitality provided by Joan and George before heading to Woodstock on Friday May 22nd. All Truro associates were present except Mary O’Connor who was there in spirit. In photo, back row: Mary Lou Chiasson, Anne Marie MacDonald, Joan Fraser, Winnie and Gerald, Roby Barrett, Trudy Cox; Sitting (L-R) are Bev Brazil, Martha Kennedy, Juanita Johnson. We will now all enjoy a warm, sunny summer and will resume our monthly gatherings in September.

Miramichi Retreat Held on May 22-23 

Outside it was cold and windy but inside it was warm and friendly as CND Miramichi Associates gathered in a circle around retreat facilitator, Sister Eleanor McCloskey and Visitation East coordinators Winnie Odo and Marjorie Allison-Ross and Winnie’s husband, Gerald Odo. We also were pleased to have Sr. Ruth Carr from Sydney, NS join us for the retreat.

Eleanor, with her sparkling personality and winning smile and ever present sense of humour led us through a retreat day of new insights into new ways of thinking and seeing and viewing ourselves and our world. We had an interesting discussion of the signs of hope in our times and ways in which we believe God is present to us. We looked to Pope Francis as a model of hope in a suffering world.

We had a great day of music, sharing, delicious food, exercises in "ageless grace" presented by associate Heather Rousselle and renewal of our commitments and the signing of the corporate stance on climate change. We also recited and reflected on our associate mission statement.

Gifts were presented to Winnie Odo on her last official visit as associate coordinator. We shall all miss her and are very grateful for all she has done for us. All of us thank Sister Eleanor and Winnie and Marjorie for coming here to give us an inspiring retreat and a wonderful day. Their presence enriches us greatly.

Happy Feast of Visitation to all of you from all of us in Miramichi. 

Rosamond Ross-Hayter thanked Sr Eleanor on behalf of the group for the inspiring Retreat which she facilitated

On behalf of the Miramichi Associates, Marjorie Vautour presented Winnie and Gerald with Prayer Shawls in gratitude for all the work that Winnie has done for the Associate Relationship. Many of the Miramichi Associates are involved with this Ministry. 

Photo above was taken on Saturday. Standing: Alcide Allain, Winnie Odo, Geraldine Gordon, Gerald Odo, Agnes Copp, Anne Power, Helen Wood, Veronica Connolly-Furlotte, Heather Rouselle, Carmel Doyle, Gail McKibbon, Frances Connell, Sr Ruth Carr. Sitting: Gemma Allain, Etta Worrell, Evelyne Breau, Sr Eleanor McCloskey, Loretta Goguen, Marjorie Vautour, Rosamond Ross-Hayter. Absent when photo taken: Linton Worrall, Eleanor Kingston, Rena Larry, Nona McIntyre, Marjorie Allison-Ross. 


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