If Pope Francis were to announce that Fridays would become meatless again for Catholics, there would be frenzy on all kinds of social media. The texts and tweets would be flying; morning talk shows would have experts on fasting; night shows would have their jokes ready. Homilies would be preached and theologians would be already looking for the hidden meaning as well as the exemptions.
On September 21, 2015, Villa Maria Academy students and faculty gathered to imagine peace in the school's annual commemoration of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace (http://internationaldayofpeace.org/). For ten years now, VMA, the private Catholic elementary school administered by the Congrégation de Notre-Dame and situated in East Bronx, New York, has been joining with children and groups around the world who advocate for peace in our world.
100th Anniversary Celebration, St. Sebastian’s Church, Providence, RI
Sr. Deanna Sabetta
On October 17, 2015, Sr. Catherine McDermott, Sr. Dorothy Collins, and I traveled to Providence for the 100th Anniversary of St. Sebastian’s Church. Sr. Patricia Flattery could not attend that day. We had each taught in the school in different years. The committee planning the celebration extended an invitation to the Sisters of the Congregation de Notre Dame to thank us for our work in this parish. The Congregation began its ministry in the parish in 1929.