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Sisters and Associates, gear up for a writing challenge on behalf of the potential victims of the 2018 proposed Federal Budget. I invite you to participate in a project of US nuns which will focus on writing letters to Speaker Paul Ryan in response to the 2018 USA Federal Budget.

NETWORK LOBBY has offered to take on the responsibility for the following:

  • PRODUCE a letter writing tool kit that includes: a brief background on the federal budget, the connection to        Catholic Social Justice, and budget talking points for each of their seven Mend the Gap public policies
  • CREATE a sample letter with pointers on how to write a powerful letter to a Member of Congress
  • PROMOTE the letter writing campaign to their networks of sisters
  • RECEIVE the finished letters and coordinate their delivery to Representative Paul Ryan’s office on Capitol Hill with a team of sisters and handle social media/press for that event

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Associates news

At the 4 pm May 27 Liturgy at St. Rose of Lima Church in Kankakee, IL, 5 women became Associates with the IL Associates and Sisters as witnesses.

Maria, Rosario and Guadalupe have been meeting with Sr. Mary Mac Isaac as the beginning of a new Latina Associate Community in Kankakee. Sr. Mary has chosen women who are leaders to begin the new Associate Community.

Sr. Mary Mac Isaac began this group when she lived in Chicago. Those three Associates made their first commitment in January, 2014 and are dedicated leaders. 

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Becoming Neighbours' World Refugee Day Prayer Service

Inspired for Sacred Water with the CRC in Toronto

From June 6-8, I attended the Canadian Religious Conference National JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation) Conference in Toronto with Sisters Maura McGrath, Anne T. Gillis and Maureen Killoran. Maura led us in the closing prayer. The theme of Sacred Water was brought to life with wonderful prayer and two days of input and reflection, one day with Elder Josephine Mandamine and one day with Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow. We were challenged and inspired to see water as sacred and also as a human right – not either/or but both/and. How will we continue to live this? Some exciting proposals for the Community will be coming after the summer. We look forward to welcoming you on board. 

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Miramichi Retreat Day

A lively group of Associates gathered on Saturday, June 10th in Miramichi, NB. After morning presentations, we had a leisurely lunch and resumed our day with a celebration of vows and promises. The group explored some new ideas and shared insights on the topics of change and adult faith and how we can keep moving on with hope into a future that will invite us to accept different ways. Our God is a faithful God! 

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ARCAN Conference 2017

June 3-4, Halifax, NS. Greening Our Hearts was the theme of the gathering of 82 participants representing Atlantic Religious Communities. Dolores Hall was the presenter. Through music, poetry and time touching on contemporary reflection topics, she led us into some familiar space and also some new terrain. Dolores mentioned the serious concern around bees; we know of 700 species of bees and all are in danger of extinction, largely due to pesticides. Our food supply depends on bees! The issue of bottled water – selling our water supply – was raised. We need to be aware but always to cultivate hope. Dolores shared on the Instruction for Living a Life, from Mary Oliver: 1. Pay attention. 2. Be grateful. 3. Tell about it. She assured us we are carriers of great charisms. “The church has need of you,” she said. 

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End of the year activity from the Mother house Green Committee, June 14, 2017

So many reasons to give thanks!

Under a clear blue sky and warm sun, members of the Motherhouse Green Committee enjoyed a scrumptious picnic.   

The sounds of laughter and smiling faces spoke of our deep gratitude for …

  • the mutual support  in responding to  Mother Earth
  • fresh Quebec strawberries
  • lavender, thyme, rosemary, mint, basil decorating the table
  • plaques in our four languages marking our membership in L’Église Verte
  • Special gratitude to Sr. Fernande whose support is invaluable
  • Marguerite Bourgeoys who graced our picnic table
  • Many helping hands who prepared the picnic
  • And so much more…

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Visitations Abound!

Our three-day retreat at Andrews of Charlottetown facilitated by Sister Becky McKenna, May 29-31, was an excellent preparation for the Feast of the Visitation. Sister Becky spoke to us of Visitation encounters in our daily living, helped us reflect on the fact that each of us is the Beloved of God, led us into Praying with Breath, and much more. As usual, the genuineness of her message, the inspiring music and visuals, and the prayerful handouts contributed to a powerful retreat experience. Father John Lacey presided at our Eucharistic celebrations and gave us the Sacrament of the Sick.

On our Feast day, we were blessed with the presence of almost all of our PEI CND Sisters and our candidate Libby. At the Eucharist, we renewed our vows in English and French. We enjoyed a delicious lobster dinner with the other residents. This special occasion was also a time to celebrate our Jubilarians, Sisters Lorraine Arsenault (60) and Marie-Norma Gallant (50) – true VISITATION experiences!

Sisters of Notre Dame Community, Andrews of Charlottetown 

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Beyond Belief: Becoming the Mystics and Prophets We Are Called to Be

Coming Event: Beyond Belief: Becoming the Mystics and Prophets We Are Called to Be. A workshop retreat with author/artist/activist Jan Phillips, September 18-20, 2017 at Villa Madonna, Saint John, NB. Becoming a prophetic person starts with a spiritual practice. It moves from silence to thought to word and action. When our words and actions are rooted in our spiritual commitments, we become a light in the world and a force for good. This workshop is an entry point into our own deep wisdom. Using the tools of music, poetry, story-telling, and imagery, we explore the landscape of our own experience, mining it for insight and ideas about the work ahead. For info about Jan, visit her website: www.janphillips.com. For information about the event: see www.villamadonna.ca

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Development & Peace Celebrates 50 years!

This spring marks 50 years since the formation of Development & Peace. Join in the celebrations by reflecting on the incredible history through Joe Gunn's article in the Prairie Messenger: http://www.prairiemessenger.ca/17_05_10/D&P_1_17_05_10.html or the D&P Jubilee Book: https://www.devp.org/en/articles/development-and-peace-launches-jubilee-book-celebrate-50-years-solidarity

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Visitation as Time Go By...

When the call came in, we answered: “Yes!”

On Saturday, June 10, a group of young people from 18 to 35 years of age on a pilgrimage throughout Montreal, expressed the desire to visit the heart of Marguerite Bourgeoys and the Mother house chapel. How could we possibly refuse welcoming them for a moment of reflection and sharing? 

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Testimonials at Marguerite-Bourgeoys Parish, Nun’s Island

On Sunday, June 11, about fifteen CND sisters attended a Mass at Marguerite- Bourgeoys Parish in honour of the parish’s patron saint, our holy foundress. The church was completely filled; the children’s choir, well directed; the parish priest, enthusiastic; and the young families, devoted. All this demonstrated that Christ lives in our world.

Our thanks to Sister Sophie Mbougoum, who played a fille du Roy, and to Sister Violaine Paradis, in the role of Marguerite Bourgeoys, for having led the interactive conference from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. 

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Sister Jaculyn Hanrahan, CND, Testifies Before Natural Resources Public Forum

Photo from J Hanrahan, CND’s Testimony before Congressman Ranking Member Raul Grijalva of the US House of Representatives Committee of Natural Resources Public Forum held in Big Stone Gap, Virginia June 10, 2017. (Photo, courtesy of Congressman’s Grijalva’s Office.)

The Forum was on the impacts of Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining in the Central Appalachian Region.  Along with her remarks, Sr. Hanrahan formally submitted into the record the two Church documents, "Laudato Si" (June 2015)  and "The Third Appalachian Pastoral: The telling Takes Us Home" (Dec. 2015). Both these documents are also constituent voices along with all the voices of our region. "Laudato Si", from the Church’s magisterium speaks with love for all in our Common Home. "The Telling Takes Us Home", is from the magisterium of the poor. It speaks with the authority of a voice form the oldest mountains on Earth, holding mountain communities of created subjects who have survived already two extinctions.  These two letters acknowledge a practical wisdom that affirms the science on climate change and goes beyond climate change to acknowledge that wealthy high consuming nations, and wealthy consuming entities in our own nation are the prime drivers of change in Earth Systems. The work of Congress must resist the influence of PAC money to promote only profit.  Rather the oversight of the Natural Resource Committee must require both an integration of environmental science and religion, and recognize that good politics must include the awareness of a planetary stewardship as a necessary foundation of our economic systems.   “Business as usual” is not sustainable transformation.  Our aim for Congressman Grijalva’s committee is for zero emissions from fossil fuels and investment in renewables particularly in the coalfields. 

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Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys honoured as a Peacemaker on Canada's 150th!

Initiated and sponsored by the Sisters of Providence in Kingston, Peacequest (www.peacequest.ca) is a non-profit, non-denominational, and non-partisan organization that facilitates peace-building initiatives across Canada. PeaceQuest was started in 2013 out of a sense of concern that war was being presented as a glorious struggle in the Canadian government campaign to celebrate the War of 1812, which cost the Canadian public tens of millions of dollars. In honour of Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation, PeaceQuest is recognizing 150 peace builders from our country's history. Marguerite Bourgeoys has been named #121: http://peacequest.ca/150-canadians-day-121-saint-marguerite-bourgeoys

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Open house at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Formation House in White Plains

Great open house at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Formation House in White Plains!

Thanks to all who came both near and far!

We are blessed by your presence!

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Marguerite Bourgeoys stained glass window at the new diocesan retreat centre in PEI

Sisters and associates of the Congregation de Notre-Dame were present at the official opening of the new diocesan retreat centre Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre in PEI. 

They took the time to take a photo in front of stained glass dedicated to Marguerite Bourgeoys. 

 

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Formation Corner

Happy Spring to each of you!!! Since our last communication, we, the sisters of the Mount Carmel Novitiate Community have been nurturing new life in our inter-provincial novitiate. One highlight, the parish graced us with a small plot to start a garden! I quickly took advantage of “Marguerite’s plot” and planted tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, radishes, lettuce, and herbs! We hope the harvest will be a­plenty this Fall!

While we continue to attend to the physical needs of the house –adding new carpets to rooms, cleaning more windows and bathrooms, sewing drapes and curtains (with the help of Suzanne Poulin, CND), painting the newly furnished chapel, planning an open house, or simply transformingthe confessional into our tool closet (no kidding!) –we have also taken time to get to know each other and discern together the purpose of this local community at this time in history. 

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Feast of the Visitation: May 31, 2017

On Wednesday May 31st, 2017 the Mabou Sisters and Associates gathered in the Chapel at the Renewal Centre to celebrate the Visitation. We had a beautiful Prayer/Reflection Service and listened to reflective music by Kathleen Deignan, CND. Sisters renewed their Vows and Associates their commitment. We ended with everyone singing the Magnificat. We then enjoyed a lovely potluck supper provided by our Associates. All had a wonderful evening with good food and conversation. We as Associates are truly blessed to have Sr. Coline, Sr. Éléonore and Sr. Catherine as our beacons of light and pray they continue to shine brightly. 

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Congratulations to Sister Anne MacDonald

Congratulations to Sister Anne MacDonald who gave 5000 hours of volunteer service to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Sister Anne received a pin recognizing her dedication at a dinner for volunteers. 

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General Conference – May-June 2017

At this stage of the General Conference, the sisters have heard the reports of the provinces and regions; today they are delving into the theme “Going to the Peripheries” with Mr. Albert Beaudry. This will be followed by a retreat facilitated by the members of the Leadership Team on… leadership! Sunday they will enjoy a well-deserved day off. The General Conference continues until June 7.

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