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Breaking the Silence Network Celebrates 25 Years of Solidarity

Maritimes-Guatemala

Breaking the Silence (BTS) is a voluntary network of people in the Maritimes who in 1988 began to organize to support the efforts of Guatemalans struggling for political, social and economic justice.

On Wednesday, September 10th our administration team welcomed Kathryn Anderson, founding member, and Sister Mary Corbett, CND, long-time member and supporter, to give us an overview of the very important work of this network. Through their informative presentation we heard how closely connected the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters have been with the work of BTS since its beginning days. Mary has been involved in Project Accompaniment and has led many delegations to Guatemala since the 1990’s. We have supported many of the young interns in participating in this leadership and solidarity program through our CND bursaries. They continue to share their gifts here in Canada. Kathryn reminds us: “As you in the Congregation of Notre Dame well know, the work of solidarity is not finished.”

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Canadian Forum on Theology and Education

The Canadian Forum on Theology and Education is planning a two- day event with the participation of Joan Chittister, OSB and Diarmud O’Murchu, MSC. The event is to take place April 1-2, 2016 at the Ukrainian Catholic Conference Centre in Oakville, Ontario. To ensure the success of this event and the presence of a sufficient number of participants, the Canadian Forum on Theology and Education is requesting pre-registrations now to guarantee registration. No money is required before 2016.

The event will take place only if there is a significant number of participants. For more information, see the Forum’s website at http://www.cfotae.ca/Registration-Future.php

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Associate Relationship News

This summer was a time of transitioning into new responsibilities for two area co-coordinators of Associate Relationship in Visitation Province. We gratefully welcome Karen Volpe, for the Central Region and Marjorie Allison-Ross, for the Eastern Region. Once again we extend our thanks to Ann Gotfryd and Phyllis Gallant, CND for their generous and creative service over many years. Visitation Province area co-coordinators and Nina Glinski, CND, liaison for the leadership team, will meet October 5-7, at the Motherhouse.

Ann Gotfryd and Adèle Mercier organized a productive Central Committee Meeting August 7-10 at which our Visitation Province associates gave their combined report in response to 7 questions that dealt with “Telling Our Stories, Who Do We Say We Are?”

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