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Mission Day

Stéphanie Manseau

This year, at the invitation of the General Council, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame’s Mother House sisters and staff assembled to celebrate Mission Day on the theme of “The Common Home.” This day, April 17, highlights the birthday of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, the Congregation’s foundress. What better way to wish her a happy birthday than to deepen our understanding of her mission?

The theme of The Common Home reflects the mission orientation that was chosen by the sisters at the Congregation’s last General Chapter and the words of Pope Francis, who reminds us that we are all, men and women of good will, guardians of Creation and guardians of one another. It is also very nice to see how this expression of The Common Home mirrors a sense of belonging to the Mother House that we all share.

Following a few opening words to help us receive the wisdom of First Nations and concentrate on Gaia, our Mother Earth, the celebration proceeded in three stages: a time to express gratitude for this earth and the many benefits it provides; a time to reflect on our commitment; finally, a time to celebrate together!

A four-voice prayer inspired by First Nations was read in the four languages of the Congregation (French, English, Japanese and Spanish). A song and sharing to the beat of the tam-tam guided our reflection: I receive … I give back.

The PowerPoint presentation on the preservation of water contributed to our desire to commit to: reduce our water consumption, take care not to pollute it.

Before proceeding to the festive collation of dishes inspired by First Nations, we concluded the reflection and commitment by underlining the fact that at the Mother House, caring for one another is achieved through open conversations, teamwork, participation in common projects, respecting one another, etc. While we savoured a root vegetable potage seasoned with wewe into which we dipped bannock bread or enjoyed a berry-medley dessert with a selection of three different teas, we were aware that we were taking part in one more opportunity to fulfill our commitment.

Happy Mission Day!

Photos: Marie-Claire Dugas


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