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Meeting of the Central Committee of the Associate Relationship

Sr. Joan Mahoney

Ann Gotfryd, Co-coordinator; Adele Mercier, Co-coordinator; Sr. Maura McGrath, Facilitator; Ann Deignan, Presenter

Sr. Joan Mahoney, CND, attended the international meeting of the Associate Relationship at the mother house of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Montreal, August 13-16, 2015. Unfortunately, associate Sharon Norton was unable to accompany her. The theme of the meeting was “Our Rock and Our Foundation”.

The keynote speaker for the first day was Ann Deignan, associate of Blessed Sacrament (USA) Province, who led the group in enacting two scenes from her book, The Love of a Lover, The Mystical Journey of Marguerite Bourgeoys. In the experience and conversation with Ann, we encountered the strength, passion and compassion of the contemplative heart of Marguerite.

Back Row: Sr. Joan Mahoney; Anna Rowley, Halifax, NS; Front Row: Diane Vigneau, Madeleine Islands, QC; Mary Mambune Chimy, Cameroon – at Mother House door

In our visit to the Congrégation de Notre-Dame archives at the mother house the next day, we discussed how to include historical records of the Associate Relationship as we approach our thirty-fifth anniversary. A summary statement by Ann Gotfryd and Adele Mercier, the Co-coordinators for the international Associate Relationship, expresses the essence of the four-day gathering. “The spirit and energy, prayer and companionship, effort and enthusiasm that we shared, speaks of the power and promise of our Associate Relationship as we move into a future filled with uncertainty and change. Marguerite was truly with us!” In September, the Central Office will send a Summary Report to all associates. 


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