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Sydney Mines Group Meet with Journeying Associate

Gerald Odo, Frances Gordon, journeying associate Mary Hall and Geraldine Walker 

The weather was very cold on Wednesday Feb. 12th when Sydney Mines associates Frances Gordon and Geraldine Walker met at the home of sister Ada Gordon, CND, to begin a deeper formation for journeying associate Mary Hall with Gerald and Winnie Odo; however, the spirit was warm and very much present as was our dear Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys. Mary’s journey began quite some time ago and she is now ready to formalize her journey by exploring the richness of the Formation Manual. She was very touched and felt honoured to be taking this new step and is looking forward to meeting again soon to explore more. We are hoping that sister Theresa Sampson, CND, will join us next time to add meaning to our Mission and Vision Statement to live mutually with sisters and associates. We were all very grateful to sister Ada for allowing us to meet centrally at her place. 

MISSION ADVANCEMENT NEWS - Blessed Sacrament Province

This month I . . .

  • Researched, wrote and designed Spring Appeal letter, which will be mailed in May
  • Continued to learn about Congregation of Notre Dame charism and ministries
  • Continued to research major and loyal donors
  • Continued making weekly thank you calls to major and loyal donors ($100 + or have given for 3+ consecutive years)
  • Continued to compose general case for support (document that will serve as basis for future appeals and constituent outreach)
  • Convened first meeting with Mission Advancement Advisory Committee
  • Secured an additional member for the Committee: Joan Pesce, who is both a former sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame and an associate
  • Continued weekly Facebook posting
  • Worked on budget for 2015-2016 fiscal year
  • Attended an NCDC workshop on strategic planning
  • Had the honor and privilege of attending the External Communications meeting in Montreal at which I made suggestions for enhancing the congregation’s website and expediting improvements to it

Thank you very much! – Katherine DiGiulio

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ASSOCIATE NEWS - Blessed Sacrament Province

On Saturday, March 14th, I gave a retreat day at Jude’s Parish Hall, South Holland, IL. The focus was Discerning Heart: Noticing God’s Presence and God’s Guidance. There was ample time for prayer and conversation. While eight (8) of the thirteen (13) associates were from the South Holland Community, there were representatives of the Joliet, Kankakee and Chicago Communities. The open sharing of their prayer experiences was a profound Visitation experience. I am grateful to sister Marilyn Medinger and the South Holland Associates for their planning and hospitality.

Front Row L-R: Donna Kirk, Susan Morris, Billie Porte, sister Marilyn Medinger
Back Row L-R: sister Bea Baker, Louise Renz, Alicia Parkinson, Eva Williams, Maria Vazquez, Mary Jo Hoag, Mary Simms, Gerry Radke, Mary Turton

On Friday, March 13th, I was warmly welcomed by the Associates at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Chicago. After attending Liturgy with Sr. Bea Baker and a Joliet Associate on Sunday, March 15th, I travelled to Kankakee to meet with associates and sisters. My days were full and enriched by the Congregation of Notre Dame family in Illinois. 

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