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Meeting of the Central Committee of the Associate Relationship

Sr. Joan Mahoney, CND, attended the international meeting of the Associate Relationship at the mother house of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Montreal, August 13-16, 2015. Unfortunately, associate Sharon Norton was unable to accompany her. The theme of the meeting was “Our Rock and Our Foundation”.

The keynote speaker for the first day was Ann Deignan, associate of Blessed Sacrament (USA) Province, who led the group in enacting two scenes from her book, The Love of a Lover, The Mystical Journey of Marguerite Bourgeoys. In the experience and conversation with Ann, we encountered the strength, passion and compassion of the contemplative heart of Marguerite.

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Associate News: Report of the First Assembly, April 17 – 19, 2015 in Wilton, CT

Forty eight associates and three candidates representing all but two of our fifteen US and online communities responded to The Call to Visitation: The Associate Relationship, Past, Present and Future. Eighteen Congregation of Notre Dame sisters participated in all or part of the weekend.

The group first journeyed back in time, led by sisters Joan Mahoney and Mary Ann Rossi, to The Origins of the Associate Relationship: Marguerite Bourgeoys’ Experience and Vision. Thus inspired, the associates and sisters were further invigorated by a rousing presentation by facilitator, Sr. Barbara Mullen, CSJ, aptly entitled Fire in the “Whole: Living an Explosive, Expanding Love. Reflection on Charism.”

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Central Committee of Associate Relationship Met in Montreal August 12-16

Anna Rowley and I began our journey together as Visitation East Co-Coordinators while attending the Annual Meeting of the Central Committee of Associate Relationship. We joined Sisters and Associates from Japan, Central America, Cameroon, France, United States and various places in Canada. When we arrived on Wednesday afternoon, we met Mary Chimy from Cameroon. She hadn’t been outside the mother house so we included her in our walk around the neighbourhood and took lots of pictures. Mary wanted to send pictures back to her children in Cameroon.

The theme for the Meeting was “Our Rock and Our Foundation”. From the Writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys (page 180) we find, “The rocks tell that they receive their firmness and strength from God”.

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