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Blog-post by Sister Julia Walsh, FSPA on vocational discernment

If you click on the link below, you can read a recent blog-post by Sister Julia Walsh, a newer member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA). She has been with the community for 8 years and now is discerning making final vows.  (For further reading, takes you to her blogging site.) Sister Julia, a high school religion teacher, has been writing about her discernment for several years. These reflections open the reader to an experience of the blessings/challenges of religious life for today’s newer members. The link is:

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Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)

New York, December 1, 2014 - The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) applauds the legislatures of Canada and Ireland for their historic passage of laws that respectively target the demand for prostitution or buyers of sex, and decriminalize prostituted individuals. They follow in the footsteps of Sweden, Norway and Iceland, which passed a set of laws, known as the "Nordic Model,” that penalizes the purchase of sex, exempts prostituted individuals from punishment and recognizes prostitution as a cause and consequence of gender violence and discrimination.

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Mabou Retreat

On a beautiful Fall morning on October 18th Sisters and Associates travelled from Antigonish, Sydney Mines, Sydney, Lingan and New Victoria for the Annual Associate Retreat in Mabou with Sister Della Gaudet, CND. The welcome mat was out for our arrival as Associate Peg Madigan opened our day with the warmth of her own heart reaching out to Sister Della and to each of us.

Our Mission & Vision Statement states that “In a spirit of openness and mutuality with the sisters, we share the charism of Marguerite Bourgeoys and the mission of the Congregation of Notre Dame ~ together, we lived those words to the full to-day. It was truly a blessing to witness the love, respect and admiration that was present in our gathering for our Foundress.

Sister Della gave us “new glimpses” of Saint Marguerite that began in Marguerite’s hometown where she lived for over 7 years; she really has walked in the “footsteps” of Marguerite. I was not blessed to have visited Troyes but today I feel I was there and in many beautiful ways, in the company of Marguerite.

As we gathered the “graces” of the day I feel that I express the sentiments of each and every participant when I say that we were nourished to the brim by Sister Della.

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