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We Remember Them

On All Souls Day, we gathered for a Memorial Service, during which we prayed, not only for the Visitation Province Sisters who died during the past year, but also for the fourteen Sisters who died at Andrews since we took residence here almost five years ago. (Sisters Margaret Kelly, Marie Bernice Arsenault, Georgina Hughes, Dorothy McCarron, Alfreda Rogers, Margaret Arsenault, Mary Cummiskey, Angela Shea, Elizabeth McCarron, Kathleen Chisholm, Joan O'Connor, Theresa McCarron, Clemmie McCarron and Florence O'Keefe). Their photos were displayed and a candle was lit as each name was read. We are grateful for having had them in our midst. We remember them fondly and we rejoice at their New Life in the presence of the loving God they served so well!

Réjeanne Bourque, CND

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Sister Bea Baker in El Paso

Sister Bea Baker will go to El Paso, Texas on Thursday November 8 to volunteer for 8 days at the Annunciation House for Immigrants. Recently immigration officials have been releasing large numbers of migrants seeking asylum to shelters along the border, and these shelters lack the personnel and funds to deal with this influx. In response, LCWR has asked its congregations to send donations and, where possible, sisters; because of Bea’s generosity, we are able to do both. We are very grateful to her and suggest that all of us pray the following blessing, composed by Sister Rosemary Sullivan, each day Sister Bea is in El Paso.

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Canadian Bishops release a Statement on Water

The issue of water – as sacred and as a human right that so many are deprived of – has been frequently mentioned by sisters and associates as a way to live out care for our common home and going to the peripheries. JPIC is currently preparing for several upcoming actions around protecting water. And so we were very happy to receive the news that the CCCB recently released a statement on water. It is quite a good document and it is helpful to have such encouragement for action on water to come from the Bishops. Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow said in an e-mail message, "Always glad to have new and important voices on this issue and the Bishops represent one of them." You can read the full statement here: https://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/CCCB_Drinking_Water_2018.pdf

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Word on Fire

Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre welcomed associates, sisters and friends to retreat days in PE. Father Bill Brennan of Fredericton was the facilitator offering “a time to tend the eternal flame of the Sacred” within us and in the world. We learned new prayer paths. We explored our own personal graced history, remembering both the bitter wine and the best wine, and we rejoiced in discovering anew the extravagance of our loving God. With words, music, laughter, “spiritual conversation” in groups, quiet time and social time, we shared our stories. Many thanks to Father Bill, and also to Anna Rowley, our associate co-coordinator, planner and organizer of this retreat time.

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Annual Memorial Lecture

Some of our Sisters in the Charlottetown area had the opportunity of attending the 27th annual Daniel O’Hanley Memorial Lecture held on Sunday, October 28, in Our Lady of Assumption Parish Hall in Stratford. The topic was “If You Love This World: Climate Justice and Indigenous Wisdom.” The presenter was Hon. David MacDonald, a well-known United Church of Canada minister and also a former MP. In the late 1980’s, he chaired the first House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment. As a United Church minister, he has also worked as advisor and facilitator in issues concerning our indigenous peoples. Our UN Sustainable Development Goals regarding the health of our planet are not being met, and the next few years are CRUCIAL. Our indigenous brothers and sisters have long cared for this Earth. It was most fitting that Dr. Judy Clark, a Mi’kmaq from Epekwitk, member of the Abegweit nation and Elder in Residence at UPEI, had been invited to respond and share the indigenous wisdom we have so ignored and are lacking today. The presentations ended with a fruitful question period followed by a time for entertainment and refreshments. It was a very informative and challenging afternoon.

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News from the Vocation/Formation Committee

When one door closes, another opens! For several years the Vocation/Formation Resource Committee has been hoping to have a community in Toronto which would welcome persons who wish to nurture their faith life and/or learn more about religious life. Today, we are delighted to tell you that our dream is becoming reality.

In the early new year, Marguerite Residence will become a House of Welcome. Many details remain to be worked out, but two members of our committee have agreed to get this project off the ground. Sisters Josephine Badali and Sheila Sullivan have agreed to take responsibility for this initial stage. As the project evolves, it is their hope to invite others to participate in this ministry. Please pray for this new mission.

 

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Fourth Annual Blessed John Henry Newman Mass and Dinner

The Fourth Annual Blessed John Henry Newman Mass and Dinner was held Friday, October 26, 2018. Like the previous three years, the Provincial Leadership Team bought a table local sisters and associates to attend with students. The theme this year was “Going Global with Faith and Knowledge” and 4 students shared their experiences of Honduras, Mexico and Malta. All excursions were the beneficiary of previous Newman Dinners. Also at the dinner were the four women from Visitation Place as Elizabeth was a speaker and Emily concluded the evening with song. Arranging the photo proved challenging with a lot of laughs and a few photo crashers but our perseverance was rewarded with this great memento of the evening. Having the four from Visitation Place in the same place at the same time was another perk of the evening.

 

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Climate Change: Hope in Action through the Arts

The Visitation Province JPIC office will be presenting a workshop at the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto on Saturday, November 3 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. The title of our workshop is, "Climate Change: Hope in Action through the Arts".

We will be showing a DVD of the live dance performance from the 2016 World Social Forum in Montreal. The dance piece, "Mechanical Waltz" was commissioned with the professional dance company Ballet Ouest de Montreal by the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. It was also performed live at the 2017 CND Social Justice Network Meeting. The workshop will also discuss the arts in general as a way to bring spirituality to the important work of "caring for our common home". All our welcome to attend. 

For registration and program information: https://www.parliamentofreligions.org

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

Encounter Mary the Black Madonna: Her Importance Today

News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Going to the Peripheries…

On October 17 representatives of several Island organizations, MacKillop Centre for Social Justice, Development and Peace and others were on the streets in Charlottetown, Cornwall and Summerside to observe the International Day for Poverty Eradication. I stood on Lower Queen Street in Charlottetown handing out bags containing a post card to the Prime Minister, a refrigerator magnet and a toffee candy to chew on. The post card tells Mr. Trudeau that "We Still Need a Plan" that will be an effective tool to end poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness in Canada. Participants in the campaign will be calling for the federal government to strengthen the newly-released Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy so that it is comprehensive, rights-based, legislated, and fully-funded.

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News from Maria Province (Japan)

Notre Dame de Bon Secours, Pray for us

This past summer brought not only unusual weather but also destruction and loss of life to many families. With that in mind and after showing our support for Margarita Kindergarten Sports Day, we opened the Provincial Council Meeting. This being the month of the rosary, we read from the Writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys and recalled her experience of conversion on October 7.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

From Our Leadership Team

Our October meeting was two very full days of reflection--though we did make time to celebrate Sr. Mary Anne Powers’ birthday!

We heartily endorse Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan’s call to recommit ourselves to some aspect of the 2016-2021 Orientation. We hope all Sisters and Associates will let her know which aspect of the Orientation will be their focus for this year. You might consider having a simple ritual for the recommitment. Rose Mary notes that the Associates have already described actions they have taken.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

“Sparks on Fire” Retreat Held at St Joseph Renewal Centre

St Joseph Renewal Centre in Mabou, NS, welcomed Associates from across the Maritimes on the last weekend in September. Sisters Theresa Sampson, Catherine MacEachern and Isobel McLellan also participated in the Retreat. Sr. Eleanor McCloskey and Associate Coordinator Anna Rowley facilitated the Retreat on the theme of “Sparks of Sacred Fire”. It was a lovely weekend of education, prayer, reflection, discussion, remembering, sharing stories, looking at photos, musical entertainment from the Sisters neighbours (we had a kitchen party!), some square dancing, a visitor and gratitude for our Congregation de Notre-Dame history.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

CRC Petition 

The CRC (Canadian Religious Conference) has been circulating a petition asking that the female superiors general attending the Synod of Bishops on Young People have the same voting rights as have been granted to non-ordained male superiors general. Click on this petition from “Groundswell” to read an explanation and check the groups and organizations supporting the effort. Beginning October 18, the petition will be hand delivered to bishops, cardinals, and all voting members attending the Synod, as well as to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod.

Becky McKenna, CND

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Claudia Margarita Juárez Juárez perpetual profession

Samedi, le 13 octobre 2018

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Celebration of Internationality 2018

Although we live in different places and environments, we are connected by our faith in Jesus Christ and by the spirituality of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

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Plastic Pollution

Last June, at the G7 in Halifax, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the Ocean Plastics Charter, a commitment to move towards an international sustainable management of plastics. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, said “Our commitment is to collect, reuse or recycle, at least 75 per cent of all our plastic waste by 2030.”  And “We are going to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastics throughout government operations. So, this includes straws, cutlery, packaging, cups, bottles but it also includes using our purchasing power to ensure that  we lead change and we drive sustainable plastics innovation,” she said. “It takes about five seconds to make a plastic bag. We use them for about five minutes. [Then] they last in our environment, in our oceans, for five centuries.  Let’s try to find alternatives to single-use plastics in our lives. 

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Invitation To The 150th Anniversary

A warm welcome one and all to join us on Nov. 3rd and 4th to celebrate the foundation of our CND community in Summerside. In a spirit of gratitude to our Summerside benefactors, who throughout the years supported us generously and lovingly, we have organized a variety show to be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3rd for the benefit of St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Food Bank. A mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday, Nov. 4th at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner at the Convent. 

An Open House will be held in the afternoon between 2 and 4 o’clock.

Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre - Summerside

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

St. FX University Sports Hall of Fame Awards

I was happy to be able to go to Antigonish to attend Jane (Hanley) MacGillivray’s induction into the St. FX University Sports Hall of Fame as a "Builder" as she is credited with "building" the women's intercollegiate athletic programs at X. Most of us know that the foundation was laid when she was hired to coach basketball and volleyball and to teach Physical Education in Gilmora Gym and classrooms at what was then "Mount St. Bernard College."

The citation read at her induction by Dr. Peggy Gallant stressed the important role Jane also played in ensuring that the women's programs were deemed "worthy" of being part of the intercollegiate scene. I was pleased that the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame were mentioned and it was stated that a member of the Congregation was present and I was named; not that I wanted that! Even if it took 50 years, it was a credit to former team members and other interested X people that this finally happened.

Anne T. Gillis, CND

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