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Friday, April 22, 2016, is Earth Day. This year’s theme is: Trees for the Earth

It is a day our attention is directed to promoting ecology concerns and respect for life on the planet, as well as to the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. Earth Day began in 1970 and there is a current focus on planting trees.

  • Trees help with climate change. They absorb CO2 from our atmosphere. In
  • one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by
  • driving the average car 26,000 miles.
  • Trees help us breathe clean air. Trees are able to filter the air and trap particulate matter in their leaves.
  • Trees help communities. Trees provide food, energy (heat) and income from forest-related industry.

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Eleanor McCloskey for JPIC 

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News from Visitation Province

CBC presentation entitled “Still Standing”

Early in February, we, at St. Joseph Convent, Mabou were invited by Michael Schultz, Producer, to take part in a future CBC presentation entitled “Still Standing.” Visiting small communities throughout Canada, getting to know the local people, what makes them unique and what we as a country can learn from one another is the goal of such visitations. While we were unsure as to what our contribution might be, we agreed to be interviewed by Michael who was interested in knowing our contribution to the community of Mabou as members of the Congregation of Notre Dame community. Dating back to our foundation in 1887 when our Sisters became involved in education and having a presence among the people of Mabou and outlying communities sparked a keen interest on Michael’s part. This resulted in our agreeing to have a visit on March 2 from other members of the group who arrived in the village to spend several days getting to know its spirit. The hospitality shown them at the Mabou River Inn, Dalbrae Academy, the Red Shoe, the West Mabou Square Dance, the Trans Canada Trail on ATV’s , the local museum (An Drochaid), Glenora Distillary and an enjoyable cup of tea with the Sisters at SJC was rewarded with a wonderful gathering in the Mabou Community Hall on the eve of their departure. The highlight of this evening was a stand-up comedy show where host and guest comedian, Johnny Harris, incorporated the experiences of the group during their week among us into his humorous script. It was a wonderful evening of good cheer and genuine hospitality. We look forward to seeing Mabou’s contribution to “Still Standing” at some time during the year and will inform everyone as to the date.

Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Mabou 

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province


Lourdes was evaluated by the State of Connecticut last week and received a deficiency free facility report. Our Congratulations to Lourdes and to all of the staff.  This is a remarkable accomplishment.


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