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Visitation Provincial Assembly

Visitation Provincial Assembly - Toronto, July 6-10, 2015

“HOW THEN SHALL WE LIVE?”

A beautiful bouquet of daisies from Winnie Odo graced the meeting room when the Assembly opened on Monday evening. Eighty sisters and nine associates attended the Assembly along with Congregational Leader, Sister Josephine Badali. The three associates who attended from Visitation East were Bernadette Fegan from Halifax, and the Co-Coordinators, Anna Rowley and Marjorie Allison-Ross. Sister Nancy Sylvester (Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) was the facilitator and guest speaker on the topic of Contemplation and Contemplative Prayer. She invited us into a reflection process on the Province Direction Statement:

The desire to deepen our understanding of Right Relationship has brought us to a new moment. Contemplating the Sacred Community of which we are a part, we recognize the interconnected-ness of all God’s creation. This new consciousness evokes in us a deep compassion for the brokenness within this Sacred Community and compels us to act justly on behalf of the most vulnerable. Personally and communally, we commit ourselves to fidelity within the circle of these relationships. (Visitation Province Chapter, 2013)

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Back-to-school backpacks

Blessed Sacrament province Associates (USA) assemble back-to-school backpacks for needy children in Providence, Rhode Island. 
Left to right: Associate Bonnie Cotter, Associate Candidate Judy Laffey and Associate Susan Connery.

Celebration - Year Of Consecrated Life

Celebration - Year Of Consecrated Life:  Blessed Sacrament Vocation office will coordinate a Day of Service for CND Sisters and Associates in the fall. LCWR and CMSWR encouraged such a day during this Year of Consecrated Life and the CND is most itself through the ministries of prayer and service!  Here’s how it works:  (More to come and Q&A session at the Area Days.)

  • CND sisters and associates will determine an event for a day of service in their area.
  • They could do this by looking at service needs that are already fully planned and are now recruiting volunteers, e.g. a walkathon in support of a local or national cause.
  • Or, they could plan their own event, e.g. a parish clean-up-the-grounds activity.
  • A T-shirt has been designed, built around the “Rooted in Jesus Christ” CND Chapter theme for 2016, which can be worn as part of the service day. The shirts will be provided for all CND sisters and associate participants; we are sure the common T-shirt will generate some conversation around the topic of life as a CND sister.
  • CND sisters and associates are great collaborators. This will be a wonderful opportunity to witness the deepest desire of women religious, to be “rooted in Jesus Christ, cultivating love and compassion.”  

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