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Celebrations and Retreats in Visitation Province

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Two Congregation de Notre-Dame associates groups in Visitation East welcomed new associates on May 31, the Feast of the Visitation. The Woodstock Group celebrated by attending Mass at noon, with associates participating in the ministries. This was followed by a Pot Luck Lunch at the new associate’s home. Dorothy expressed her happiness at becoming a CND associate. Helen Ross presented Dorothy with her CND associate pin. The group posed for a photo with parish priest Fr. John Beaumaster after Mass.

Marjorie Allison-Ross

Mabou associates and sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame gathered in the Chapel at St. Joseph Renewal Centre to celebrate the Feast of the Visitation. Everyone participated in the Prayer Service and those gathered blessed Rita who made her First Commitment. The Sisters renewed their vows and the associates their commitment. Sr. Catherine Isabel MacLellan presented the associate pin to Rita. Following the service all shared in lively conversation and a delicious potluck. It was truly a blessing for me to be able to participate in this joyful celebration.

Anna Rowley

Feast Day Celebrations for Linden Group

We, the Linden associates from Charlottetown, PEI, came together on May 31 to share our journeys and to renew our promises. Kay brought us much wisdom with her in depth spirituality and her fun-loving spirit. It was truly a joy to be together for this spirit filled commitment. In the context of prayer, we shared our gratitude for the gift of Associate relationship and for the numerous blessings it brings into our lives. We are truly a Visitation community who give and receive God’s innumerable gifts through our daily interactions. We concluded our celebration by sharing a meal at Papa Joe’s, a well reputed restaurant on University Avenue. It is with joyful hearts that we continue our journey in the steps of Marguerite Bourgeoys who was ever attentive to God’s calling.

Shirley Gormley

Summerside CND Associates’ Retreat

Summerside Congregation de Notre-Dame associates gathered Monday evening for their annual retreat and renewal of commitment. In a celebrative spirit Sr. Eleanor McCloskey facilitated the session on the topic of “our common home” as called upon by Pope Francis in his encyclical, Laudato Si’ and as selected as one of our directions at the last chapter.

Along with Eleanor’s personal resource Laudato Si’ was indeed a trust-worthy and practical resource.

At the outset we were invited to recognize the interconnectedness of everything. We then reflected on several passages from Laudato Si’ followed by stimulating questions, such as: Where do you find God? Where does God find you? Do you take time in your busy life to contemplate beauty? Nature? Life-forms? How well do you live in the now moment? How big is your God?

As expected, Sister Eleanor’s presentation was informative, practical, humorous and yes, was accompanied by a variety of props to concretize the message. All this under the watchful and joyful eye of a 12 inch bobbing Pope Francis.

We were also privileged to have the presence of Visitation Province Associate Co-ordinator Marjorie Allison-Ross who spoke briefly about the first VP Associate Assembly which was held in Montreal in May. She then informed us that plans are to give further information later.

Following a fruitful and inspiring evening we had a closing prayer and renewal of commitments before we enjoyed refreshments in the dining room along with a lively chit chat.

The 21 associates who recommitted for another year will resume their togetherness in September. ALLELUIA

Marie L Arsenault, CND

Charlottetown and North Rustico Associates’ Annual Retreat

Twenty-two Associates from Charlottetown and North Rustico met in Stella Maris Church on April 21, 2018 for our annual retreat. We were blessed to have Father Jerry Tingley as our guide for the day. He reviewed our image of Church as it was in the past and how it has evolved through the years. We reflected and shared on Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection and where we now fit on this continuum. Insights were eye opening and profound. It was clear that our lives are being formed and reformed as we contemplate the deeper mysteries in our journey.

Following lunch, Father Jerry opened the floor for questions. What came forth were deeply rooted beliefs and emotions that we have carried through the years. We gained new insights about God’s desire that we be healed. Our lives are meant to be vessels of love and compassion and we can trust that God will lead the way.

I believe that the day held numerous blessings for those who participated. We are left to ponder the incredible journey we are walking and how we are never left alone in our daily lives. God truly walks with us.

Shirley Gormley



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