A Vatican event last Sunday saw a remarkably open and frank discussion among women about the limits on their participation in church structures in what may have been the first such conversation ever to take place at the center of the Catholic hierarchy. (Joshua J. McElwee: NCR)
Here is the link to read about it: http://ncronline.org/node/97886
Two Associates answered "YES" to the invitation to participate in the Visitation East Associate co-coordinator Discernment. We would like to thank Dianne MacAskill of Sydney and Anna Rowley of Halifax for their very generous "YES" to this call for Ministry with the Associates in NB, NS, and PEI. We ask Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters and Associates to remember Dianne and Anna in your prayers as they journey in this process. The completion of the discernment will take place in the Spring 2015.
In the Gospel of John Chapter 3 verses 14-21, Jesus explains to Nicodemus “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert (Numbers 21:7-9) so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus goes on to teach Nicodemus about God's endless love for His children. God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God's love is so great and incomparable to any other love. God gives us the gift of salvation, life forever, through His beloved Son. Whoever believes and has faith in Him will not come to destruction or be condemned. Jesus did not come into the world to abolish it. God sent Jesus into the world to save it. Salvation comes from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and if Christ did not rise from the dead we would be without hope and our faith in God would be in vain.