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A Visitation From The Provincial Assembly… Some of us did not get to the Summer Assembly, but the Assembly came to us at Andrews of Charlottetown! How fortunate we were to have sisters from the “Conversations of the Heart” group join us to share their experience! Gathered in our community room, with a beautifully prepared centre table, the atmosphere opened our spirits to receive an enthusiastic message from our presenters. After the Assembly Prayer, the theme and spirit of the Assembly were communicated to us. Following a brief introduction to Contemplative Prayer, we experienced a 10-minute period of communal contemplation. An inspiring handout enabled us to reflect on the “Deepening of Our Direction Statement.” Comments on our understanding of Creative Governance followed with the promise of future input from the committee. Our closing hymn, “How Then Shall I Live?” challenged us to go forth in hope. Our gathering concluded with delicious refreshments. We deeply appreciated this special community experience.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND 

Monsignor Lynch serving cookies to Sr. Elaine O’Grady and Sr. Mary Cockburn

Recent Happenings in Kingston… The month of October has occasioned lots of activity for the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters in Kingston. The Thanksgiving weekend began with a lovely afternoon of Tea and Entertainment hosted by Monsignor Joe Lynch, Father Francis Zamboni and the Choir of St. Joseph Parish. To make the event as enjoyable as possible they came to us at the Providence Motherhouse laden with decorations and goodies. Father Francis led us in a sing-song followed by refreshments and time to visit with our friends from St. Joseph’s Parish. 

Open House at Providence Motherhouse… On Saturday October 17th Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters and associates joined with the Sisters of Providence and the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph in opening the doors of Heathfield and inviting the public to “Come and See” what goes on behind the walls of this big house. After a self-directed tour of the various parts of the building everyone was invited to the dining-room for a cup of tea and an opportunity to chat with the sisters. Each community had a display depicting the mission and the ministries of their particular congregations. 

Sr. Ruth Penny, CND pours tea for Sr. Marie Dundon, SP and Sr. Rena Doucette, RHSJ

Sisters Grace Martin & Rosie Brosseau explain the CND display to a visitor

God and the Evolutionary Mind: The God Who Beckons: An upcoming workshop in April 2016 with Joan Chittister, O.S.B. Recently, I discovered an inspiring Joan Chittister YouTube video available on-line

In this one-hour presentation she focuses on how to integrate contemporary spirituality with peace and justice issues. "It is not belief in God that sets us apart but the kind of God in which we choose to believe that makes a difference."

The God who beckons us NOW calls us into an on-going process of creating a new world. So we let ourselves be transformed and become transformers and trust in a BIG God who both beckons and companions us!

Nina Glinski, CND

Stella Maris, Pictou Celebrates 75 Years: On Sunday, October 18, we participated in a beautiful and moving celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Stella Maris CWL, both at Sunday Eucharist and at the reception afterwards in the parish hall. Fathers Jake Andrea and Fred Morley co-presided with Tom MacNeil, soon-to-be outgoing pastor of Stella Maris. Phyllis Bate, current president of the Pictou CWL, and past-president, Sadie O'Hearn, were co-hosts of what followed. It included moving acknowledgements and presentation of certificates to deeply committed members of the Pictou Council. The gratitude and appreciation of all gathered was also very moving--and rightly so, as the scope of the commitment, compassion and outreach of the members of the CWL is, perhaps, often hidden. During the Open Mike part of the afternoon, that appreciation was expressed by visiting clergy, members of other Pictou churches, and Pauline Dalton, CND who drove from Halifax. Two Sisters of St. Martha were also present, as were Mary Joan MacDonald and Anne Marie MacKenzie, CNDs who came from New Glasgow, and who had also already sent their message of congratulations. Becky and I were very happy to read the messages that we had received from a number of CNDs who had lived in Pictou, and they were so warmly received and appreciated. The spirit of the entire celebration was not only beautiful, but a very important moment to more fully appreciate and acknowledge the profound significance of all that these women are for our church, community and beyond.

Becky McKenna, CND and Mary Corbett, CND


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