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Mission Group

Seven members of the Planetary Pilgrims Mission Group gathered in sunny Summerside, June 5-6. At 7 p.m. on Friday all met to meet and greet and update. On Saturday morning, Maureen Baldwin, CND, led us in a discussion centered around the articles by Nancy Sylvester, IHM, including a contemplative listening sharing based on our Visitation Province Direction Statement.

Virginia Sullivan, CND 

Last note from the Governance Committee before our Assembly

Recall the mandate given to the leadership team...

“We, the Chapter delegates of Visitation province, invite the leadership team to engage us in a communal process of exploration and dialogue in order to develop organic expressions of leadership suitable to our needs at this time. We wish this process to begin as soon as possible and to be implemented as new expressions emerge.”

In re-visiting this, we invite you to reflect upon ways in which you may have changed, either in attitude or action, the way you practiced leadership these past two years? If you have a neighbour handy, check out how she sees it. We are not asking for formal feedback, but if you would like to contact any of us, we are always delighted to receive insights. Keep in mind we are looking at a process! [Not, the who, the how many, or whether it’s full-time or part-time or even the constitutions (for starters)].

Many, many thanks,

Eleanor McCloskey, Noreen Hickey, Bernie O’Neill, Members of the Governance Committee

CRC National JPIC gathering was held at the Mary Ward Centre in Toronto June 2-4. All Is One… Weaving a Single Cloth for Justice was the overall theme. Carol Zinn, SSJ, currently serving in the presidency of LCWR, was the main presenter. With humour, simple stories and deep insights, Carol inspired the 110 participants as she spoke of the levels of consciousness open to us in learning that truly, All Is One.

A panel consisting of a representative from Kairos, one from Development and Peace, Joe Gunn from Citizens for Public Justice and Sue Wilson, csj, gave us information and great hope for all the justice and peace work currently being undertaken – with passion, dedication and efficiency- in our country.

After the Conference, our Province Committee met for a day-long meeting.

Eleanor McCloskey, for the JPIC Core Committee

CNWE Conference, Toronto May 20-31, gathered an enthusiastic group at Seneca College to pursue the theme of Women Rising.

Our keynote speaker on Friday evening was Sally Armstrong, author, feminist, journalist and story-teller. Sally’s stories of her work in African countries and in Afghanistan always end on a positive note, often a happy outcome, as she speaks of the difficult situations she encounters, especially the struggles of women and children. CNWE is now 35 years old in Canada and we spent a good deal of our meeting time revising and updating our Mission Statement and Vision Statement to fit with where the world has moved (and we have moved) in that time. Next year’s meeting will be a virtual one across the country and the following year we will meet in Ottawa at St. Paul’s.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

My interest in Alzheimer’s disease stems from my six plus years of experience with my mother and others who lived in the residence with her as well as my own memory lapses, sometimes laughable, sometimes frightening. Also family history is one of the risk factors for getting the disease as well as being a woman!

So I am now taking an information course on Alzheimer’s and learning a lot. I would like to share some suggestions that come from people living with the disease.

  • Please don’t correct me. I know better – the information just isn’t available to me at the moment
  • Remember, my feelings are intact and get hurt easily
  • I need you to speak a little slower.
  • Speak to me clearly, one thought at a time; don’t ask a question when you can provide a statement

More to come if helpful!

Rosie Brosseau, CND

Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life at Holy Redeemer Convent, Sydney

In March 2015, three Sisters of St. Martha in Sydney spent a relaxing evening together. Sister Frankyln Ferguson, CSM expressed a desire to bring together the Sisters of the other Religious Congregations in the area for a joint celebration of the Year 2015, dedicated to Consecrated Life. Sister Rosalie Lahey, CSM shared this dream with Sister Catherine Morris, CND. Soon the four of us were meeting with Sister Rosalie to choose a place and date for the celebration. This celebration took place on May 24, 2015, at Holy Redeemer Convent, Sydney. Approximately thirty-five Sisters [Sisters of St. Martha, Sisters of Charity of Halifax, and CNDs] from Sydney and Mabou filled our house with their delight and joy at being together.

The afternoon began with words of welcome by Sister Catherine Morris, CND and Sister Rosalie Lahey, CSM. There was even a message from Pope Francis expressing regrets for his absence. The Celebration began with a prayer service and a spontaneous sharing of memories and stories of times when together we enjoyed a skating party at the Old Sydney Forum and the St. FX rink in Antigonish. A delicious lunch, contributed by all the Sisters, was enjoyed by everyone. Before leaving, the Sisters who wished to see our house, were given a grand tour. Maybe, we will not wait so long for the next gathering!

Sister Gwendolyn O’Neil with the Sisters of Holy Redeemer Convent, Sydney. 


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