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Kingston Area Gathering

The Kingston Congrégation de Notre-Dame community of sisters and associates gathered at Providence Mother House in Kingston, Ontario last Friday, February 16. With great joy the group welcomed our process facilitators, Sisters Becky McKenna and Eileen McQuaid for an area gathering that would help each one of us own the Chapter Orientation and take that one small step forward in implementing it in our daily lives. Monica Lamton, JPIC coordinator for Visitation Province helped us unpack the word “peripheries” in a variety of ways. Our time together was dynamic, gentle, challenging and energizing. Words such as “intentionality,” “encounter,” “contemplative consciousness” opened the door of new possibilities for our personal and collective CND lives and ministry. How could we not end dancing to Linnea Good’s “How Then Shall We Live?”

We are grateful to Sisters Mildred Chabassol and Rosemary Shannon for sharing their experience of Visitation Chapter with great enthusiasm. Through them we felt anew the energy that was present as we lived this important event, whether in Antigonish, or present from afar in all the areas of Visitation Province.

Denise Bérubé, CND

Booklet – In All Seasons For All Reasons – Praying Throughout the Year by James Martin, sj. This little booklet (Liturgical Press, Collegeville Minnesota: 2017 available at Broughton’s Toronto) is a gem for helping to explore prayer. Its 83 pages offer one-page insights into different kinds of prayer, different ways to pray. “What is the “right” way to pray? …the right way is whatever works best for you in your particular time and place.” (p. 11)

Praying with creation inspires praise, gratitude, and awe. (Pope Francis points out in Laudato Si that Jesus enjoyed creation!) “Come and see wasn’t just for first century Christians: It’s saying Come, look at your day and see where I am.” (p. 50)

Our image of God can change: Father Martin suggests if we always i magine God in the same way, we may be turning away new ways God wants to show us. (p. 30)

Sister Leona Smith gave me this booklet last summer. I find it really is for all seasons and all reasons.

– Eleanor McCloskey, CND




Helen Marmulak Mac Lean began the February 11, 2018 Associate Meeting with the presentation of a Cultural Display of Ukrainian dishes, needle work, and a pair of Polish dancers.

Helen was born and raised in Sydney (Whitney Pier) in the midst of a very diverse cultural population. Her parents were born in Poland. Her father was of Ukrainian descent and her mother of Polish descent.

Highlights of Helen’s childhood included her participation in the Ukrainian Church Choir and Ukrainian dancing.

Over the years, Helen has been an active, faithful CND Associate.

Gwendolyn O’Neil, CND with the Associates of Holy Redeemer Convent


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