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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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Children's Community School 50 years and growing strong!

The Children Community School in Waterbury is celebrating a 50th anniversary in 2019!

Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame rejoice with students, teachers and staff as they have been involved with the school early on...

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Chofu Convent stained glass windows transferred to Tsukuba Church

The Chofu Convent is now being reconstructed and some of our stained glass windows have been transferred to Tsukuba Church where three CNDs belong. Thus two chapels are united. We affirm that we are certainly the daughters of the Church.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Summer’s End at Louisbourg

On September 19, 2018 the staff at Fortress Louisbourg hosted our volunteer review. The stories told, comments made, suggestions and questions were animated and filled with the excitement of the summer and the hopes for next summer. Troy Allen, Product Development Officer, thanked us sincerely for bringing the past into the present; he said that it was such an asset having the congregation of the 18th century present today at the Fortress.

The volunteers talked about being energized by the history, the wonderful response of the visitors, the curiosity of the children, the welcoming staff and their own personal growth and learning over the summer.

Following a pizza lunch we drove out of the Fortress past the majestic ocean with waves delighting in the final winds of Hurricane Florence as she brushed against our shores.

Connie MacIsaac, CND with all volunteers

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Updating and Renewing Ministry of Prayer and Presence

“Blessing” is a way of life, a lens through which the whole world is transformed. A blessing promotes protection, healing and creativity in a world sorely in need of wholeness. (John O’Donohue)

Our senior sisters participate in this way of blessing, bringing the needs of the world and all its peoples into the compassion of their hearts. With their unique abilities and the gift of time they are able to bless the lives of others, especially those on the peripheries.

As sisters update and renew their ministry of prayer and presence we acknowledge the way in which they bring the needs of the whole world to God. This expression of mission is a blessing for us all.

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Child abuse of any kind is unmitigated evil

Child abuse of any kind – physical, sexual, emotional – is unmitigated evil, criminal and mortally sinful. Anyone who knows about it and does nothing is as responsible as the perpetrators.  Until we understand the horrendous nature of child abuse and respond in a morally responsible way, we, as a society, are shirking our duty to protect our children.

Most abuse of children happens in private. The perpetrator usually threatens to harm the child or his family if he or she tells anyone about it. Perpetrators also insidiously convince the children it is their own fault that they are being abused, telling them that they like it or deserve it.

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