We are in final preparations for our first Associate Assembly, April 17-19, at Wilton. Please keep the Assembly and the safe travel of the sixty-two participants in your prayer.
Winnie and Marjorie were in Montreal last week for a meeting with the other Visitation Coordinators. One of the major topics discussed was the urgent issue of Climate Change and its ongoing threat to our planet. In March, we all received an e-mail letter from Sr. Josephine Badali explaining the collective action that the Congregation is going to take to implement the Mission Orientation: “In solidarity with the impoverished, the excluded and the oppressed, we commit ourselves to protect our planet”. On March 27, all associates received an e-mail letter from the Central Office of Associate Relationship explaining that “As associates we are being invited to stand together with the Congregation by participating in a process of education, reflection and action. In unity and solidarity we will join this collective action, our corporate stance, by signing the Congregation’s declaration and committing ourselves to personal and communal transformation.” The Congregation of Notre Dame Social Justice Network is preparing informational and prayer materials to send to the sisters and associates for us to use in preparation for signing the Congregation’s Declaration. You will be receiving more information on this as it becomes available. On Wednesday evening, we celebrated Winnie! We have been blessed to have Winnie represent Visitation East for the past 6 years. Karen Volpe led us in a Blessing and then each of us provided a statement to the Blessing. Thank you Winnie for your great work, your care and compassion for everyone and may you be blessed with many new opportunities to share your gifts!
The Congrégation de Notre-Dame’s mission statement includes the following inspiring and thought provoking lines: In today’s world, we commit ourselves to live simply and closer to the reality of the impoverished, the excluded and the oppressed. April 16 is the feast day of a saint who turned his back on his comfortable life to become himself a mendicant, and thus become the patron saint of the homeless.
 2011-2016 Chapter booklet, p. 8