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Annual Gathering of Sisters and Associates from Visitation Province West

We met at Seton House of Prayer in Kelowna on the last weekend in May. This is our yearly opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones while sharing our passion for all things related to the Congregation de Notre-Dame.

Participants were invited to bring symbols from their home and explain why these particular items are meaningful reminders to them of the person of Marguerite Bourgeoys. This was a special year for our group as we were offered two presentations – one from Sister Eleanor McCloskey, CND, who gave an interesting, in-depth and lively presentation on Marguerite Bourgeoys in celebration of her 400 year anniversary. The second presentation was from our JPIC Coordinator, Monica Lambton, who spoke to us about taking new steps in new directions towards caring for the earth and for those living in poverty and struggling with injustice. She spoke to us about the fire inside of us and gave us tools for keeping that motivational fire alive and helping others to catch hold of that same flame through her usage of biblical quotes and the life and words of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. These tools included conversations about how to decide what action will have the biggest impact, what resources are the best fit, and how each of us is invited to be part of living the call of Laudato Sí.

Maureen Wylie, Associate

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Going to Peripheries

I will share about my going to the peripheries. For over twenty-five years, I have been actively involved with the work of Development and Peace. I am a member of the Charlottetown Diocesan Council of D&P and responsible to carry out the two annual campaigns in my parish. Being involved in this work is truly a call from God. The work is demanding and sometimes discouraging… a test of one's faith! However, the Spirit is alive. Working with members, parishioners and partners inspires me to continue doing my little bit to help build a just world. Members of D&P are encouraged to network with like-minded organizations and groups.

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400th Anniversary Invitation

On Tuesday, June 11th Rosemary McGhee, Louisbourg volunteer and friend of the Congregation de Notre-Dame, will present Marguerite Bourgeoys - Valiant Visionary at the Cape Breton Regional Library located at 50 Falmouth St., Sydney, NS. Her presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. with tea and coffee following the session. Come and help us celebrate Marguerite!

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Feast of the Visitation from coast to coast

PEI 

It was May 31, the Feast of the Visitation. It was the day for the renewal of our vows. It was the occasion on which we celebrated our jubilarians. The PEI Sisters were all together. We began with Mass in our community room, presided by our chaplain, Father Bob Coady. After the homily, we renewed our vows in English and French. We then enjoyed a delicious lobster dinner in Andrews’ dining room. After dinner, we returned to our community room, where we expressed our appreciation for our three jubilarians, Sisters Catherine Smith (70), Marie Gaudet (70) and Anne T. Gillis (60). We did this through song, cards and spoken words. These sisters were invited to tell stories about their life as sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame, and we very much enjoyed their anecdotes. The celebration continued in the evening with the sisters living at Andrews. We had a prayer service, our Jubilarians received gifts and we enjoyed refreshments. Many reasons to celebrate, and celebrate we did!

Réjeanne Bourque, CND with Notre Dame Community at Andrews

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Reflection for the Visitation Mass

Initially, I was surprised when I heard myself volunteer to give this reflection, especially as I consider how truly inspirational and wise the messages emanating from this podium have been. However, I now realize that it was a spirit-led moment that the newest among you might offer some words on today’s feast. I’ll explain why, starting in 33 BCE and following that up with a little bit of physics.

We often think of the Mary of the annunciation story as a quiet, demure, and obedient young girl, but being a young girl, she was likely also energetic, bubbly, and joyful. She did what her parents said, and then when an angel appeared, we imagine that this angelic young girl obediently gave her ‘yes’. How sweet.

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Our Father who art in heaven

Among the many activities of June, in addition to weddings, graduations, and the beginning of summer, Father’s Day takes on a special significance. This year four first grade girls revealed something to me about the meaning of fatherhood; and, in particular, an insight into God as our Father.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province (USA)

From Our Leadership Team

During our May 11-13 meeting we watched Sharing the Vision: A Dialogue on Religious Life Today and into the Future, an excellent video presentation by the officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) at the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in Rome. We invite you to view it—if possible with others—at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEtO4cV67q4&feature=youtu.be and if you do, don’t skip the questions and comments at the end—some of the best parts are there, especially the section on vocations!

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Retreat at Andrews of Charlottetown

We spent three grace-filled days of retreat with Sister Denise Bérubé from May 22-24. The theme dealt mainly with the compassion of Jesus, our call to compassion and the ministry of presence. Denise’s gentle, reflective approach, her use of sacred music, appropriate handouts and a well-balanced schedule all contributed to a prayerful experience. We were fortunate to have daily Mass with our chaplain, Father Bob Coady. We are grateful to God and to Denise for her precious ministry.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND

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Sr. Libby Osgood Accepted to Profess First Vows

It is with great joy and gratitude that we share with you the news that Sr. Libby Osgood has been accepted to profess First Vows in the Congrégation de Notre-Dame of Montreal. 

Please continue to hold Libby in prayer as she prepares to deepen her commitment to live the mystery of the Visitation as a professed member of the CND.

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Meeting of women in the parish of Santa Bárbara, Honduras

This meeting was a collective experience lived from a perspective of the faith and the daily reality of women.

Five years ago we began to meet once a month with some village coordinators. We also meet, once a year, with eighty to one hundred women from different villages to celebrate and share our rural women ministry.

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Angels In Our Midst - Going To The Peripheries

On a Tuesday, a friend invited me to accompany her to the Friendship Room, which is an outreach of the Salvation Army. They serve coffee, donuts, muffins, etc. to people who drop-in. I knew very little about this ministry and was eager to learn more so I accepted.

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Anniversary Of First Visitation Province Associate Assembly

The first Visitation Province Associate Assembly became a reality one year ago and is now part of our Associate Relationship history. Forty-six associates and fourteen sisters from across Visitation Province as well as two associates from Blessed Sacrament Province participated in this special Gathering.

We chose as the theme, “On Fire for Mission,” which was so appropriate for the gathering that was held on Pentecost Sunday. It was also close to the Feast of the Visitation so sisters renewed their vows and associates their commitment to Associate Relationship at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel.

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Celebration Of The Eucharist

The Sisters and Associates invite you to join them in the Celebration of the Eucharist in anticipation of the 400th birthday of their foundress, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, on Sunday, June 16 at 10:30 am at St. Dunstan’s Basilica in Charlottetown.

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First Annual Sister Margaret MacDonell Prize In Gaelic Poetry Awarded

The Department of Celtic Studies at St. Francis Xavier University, in partnership with the Clan Donald Lands Trust, is pleased to announce an annual Gaelic poetry competition named in honour of Sister Margaret MacDonell, CND, former chair of the StFX Celtic Studies Department and lifelong champion of the Gaelic language. An award ceremony was held May 10th, 2019 during Gaelic Month in Nova Scotia.

The inaugural recipients of the Sister Margaret MacDonell Prize in Gaelic Poetry were first prize Brìan MacLeòid, second prize Goiridh Dòmhnullach, and third prize Deborah Moffatt. StFX Celtic Studies Department Chair Dr. Michael Linkletter presented the prize.

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Presentation of the Mosaic at the Motherhouse

On Wednesday, May 15, during the regular afternoon coffee break, the Mosaic art piece, the contribution of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame to the international Sowing Hope for the Planet project was unveiled to a full and expectant dining-room. The Congregational Leadership Team was present along with Motherhouse staff, Montreal area Sisters and Associates from Visitation Province and Becky McKenna and Catherine Walker who were visiting Montreal and area this past week. We were joined by the artist, Claire Jacmin-Park who shared some reflections about her creative process. CND Social Justice Coordinator Bineta Ba introduced the project.  Project Committee member Monica Lambton also spoke, along with Congregation Leader Sr. Agnes Campbell who had just returned from UISG meetings in Rome. She shared with us her joy in seeing an image of the Mosaic and the name of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame in the slide presentation during the plenary there. The original Mosaic will be on display at the Motherhouse. It is hoped that this will be a resource for us long term as we draw on what we encounter in the images and meaning portrayed there.

 

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A Celebration of Visitation

Leader:  As we come together today to celebrate the Feast of the Visitation, we call upon Mary, our mother in Faith and our Foundress, and ask her guidance as we strive to incarnate the Word in our world.

Opening Song:  In the Footsteps of Mary (from Visitation – K. Deignan, CND and M.A. Foley, CND)

In the footsteps of Mary we love to find the inspiration of our lives, hidden with Christ in God.

The life Mary led throughout her time on earth was the life of poverty:  a way of mystery like the Pasch of Jesus.

The life Mary led throughout her time on earth was a life of incomparable love—unified, transparent, and deep.

The life Mary led throughout her time on earth was the life of an apostle, first herald of the gospel.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Congrégation de Notre-Dame Receives Honorary Degree At Stfx Spring Convocation

Sr. Rebecca McKenna, CND, was at the StFX University Spring Convocation on May 5th to receive an Honorary Degree on behalf of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame for its work in liberating education.

This award acknowledges that the lives of the sisters truly made a difference, and contributed to the common mission at StFX, Sr. Rebecca says. It recognizes the part the CND played in the larger story, especially in expanding the parameters of education for women. You can watch the live-streaming of the convocation at:

https://www.stfx.ca/student-life/convocation/spring-convocation

The presentation to the Congrégation de Notre-Dame is in the afternoon ceremony. [Approximate time 1:40:16]

Catherine Walker, CND, with members of the administration team

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Pastoral Services Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel - Spring-Summer 2019

Photo: Marie-Claire Dugas

Group activities (minimum 15 persons)

Guided visit

Guided visit of the chapel with someone from the pastoral team, guided visit of the crypt, the Museum, the chapel up in the clouds and the belvedere. Visit of the temporary exposition at your own pace. We can modify your visit to meet your needs.

Take advantage of your group visit to discover our new temporary exposition starting June 21st, 2019: COLLE PAPIER CISEAUX: The life and works of Claude Lafortune. Come admire, for the very first time at the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum, the paper sculpture representing Jesus as well as L’Évangile en papier !

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Mothers

Photo: Marie-Claire Dugas

God, you have created and nurtured us as a mother, we bless you and give you thanks.

Mothers living here or in eternity, bless our God.

Mothers of happy, healthy children, bless our God.

Mothers of ill or troubled children, bless our God.

Mothers of well fed and cared for children, bless our God.

Mothers of abused children, bless our God.

Mothers of hungry children, bless our God.

Mothers of children of freedom, bless our God.

Mothers of children of oppression, bless our God.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Mosaic by Claire Jacmin-Park

Congrégation de Notre-Dame Contribution to Sowing Hope for the Planet Campaign

With a desire to highlight and share with each other how Religious Communities are bringing the message of Laudato Sí to life, the UISG in Rome initiated the Sowing Hope for the Planet campaign.

By participating in the Campaign, we are continuing in our commitment to care for our Common Home. The Campaign will enrich our reflection, consolidate our actions and initiate new actions.

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