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Feast Day Celebrations - Sydney and Area Associates Gather at Marguerite Bourgeoys Church

On January 12, the beautiful feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys was well attended by many sisters, associates and parishioners. The statue of Marguerite was placed near the altar. The relic of St Marguerite was placed near the statue of Marguerite by Sr. Dolores Kennedy. Deacon Robert Coleman’s beautiful sermon showed us how Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters influenced his life. He was taught by them. One of his aunts was a CND sister. Fr. Bill Burke spoke about how many great things have taken place in the parish since the church was renamed “St Marguerite Bourgeoys”.

She is certainly walking along with us all. 

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Associate Discernment Process for General Chapter 2016

Theme: “Rooted in Jesus Christ Let Us Cultivate Love and Compassion”

In November, information went out to all Visitation province associates announcing an opportunity to attend the 2016 Congregation General Chapter in August in Cornwall, Ontario. The nine associates who attended the Assembly were invited to be part of the Discernment Process. We were given 3 passages to use for contemplative reflection to help us discern if we should submit our name for consideration. If we wished to be considered as a participant we had to submit our name by December 15 with a brief statement of what moved us to let our name stand. 

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Andrus Gatherings of Joy and Shared Grieving

The Congregation of Notre Dame Community at Andrus recently joined in prayer to celebrate the life of Sr. Dorothy Siemsen on her 90th Birthday. There was rich sharing on the many gifts and talents during Dorothy’s many years as a Congregation of Notre Dame sister. Some there knew Dorothy as a young sister; others have shared her life at Andrus. Dorothy’s response was one of gratitude to all there for sharing her years at Andrus and to God for her many years of life. A great ice cream social followed.

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