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Halifax Feast of the Visitation Celebration

Submitted by Halifax Associate Alexa Smith

On May 31st, Halifax area sisters and sssociates gathered at Visitation Centre to celebrate the Feast of Visitation. Sr. Mary led us in prayer and sharing as we reflected on our Journeys and Visitations over the past year. Sisters renewed their vows and associates our commitment. Sr. Maureen, Frankie and Alexa shared with the group some of their experiences from the Associate Assembly: On Fire for Mission, which they attended earlier in the month in Montreal. We ended the evening gathered around the table enjoying stories, friendship and refreshments all in the Spirit of Marguerite Bourgeoys!

New Waterford Associates Celebrate Feast of Visitation

Submitted by Associate Winnie Odo

In the presence of God, Mary and our Foundress Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, the eight associates of the New Victoria Group met with parishioners and their pastor, Father Ray Huntley, in the Parish Church of St Leonard, New Waterford, NS, to renew their annual commitments. The ministries of the day were looked after by the associates. Fr. Ray was taught by many of the Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters in Sydney Mines and shared his love of all that the Sisters were for him in helping with his formal education. He noted that years ago the Religious Communities opened their orders to lay people so that the charism of their founders would never be lost, the result of which was Associate Relationship. He also spoke of the many ways our particular group meet monthly for “visitation” at the local nursing home, Maple Hill Manor to share rosary and Liturgy of the Word, and also of times spent at Parkland where monthly we gather for a rosary service with the sisters and residents living there. The original founders of the New Victoria Group have since passed on but some of our group have 26 years plus since making their first commitments – the sum total of the eight who now make up the group totalled 123 years of committed life in the Congregation de Notre-Dame. After Mass we gathered at a local restaurant for a time of “visitation” with food and great conversations, grace was said by Marg as we recognized Mary McKenzie for 20 years of continued commitment and also to sing Happy Birthday to associates celebrated birthdays in May.

St Theresa’s and Holy Angels Groups Gather to Celebrate the Feast of Visitation

Submitted by Dianne MacAskill

On May 30, 2018, the eve of the Feast of the Visitation, St Theresa’s and Holy Angels groups gathered at the Parkland Chapel in Sydney, NS, to celebrate the Feast. We gathered for prayer, renewal of vows for Sr. Theresa Sampson, and renewal of Commitment for the Congregation de Notre-Dame associates. Congratulations and best wishes were expressed to Lorette Andrews for her 30 years as an associate. The Magnificat was sung to close the celebration service. Following the prayer service, the group celebrated Sr. Theresa Sampson’s birthday. A delicious lunch and plenty of laughter was enjoyed.

Miramichi Associate Retreat

Miramichi associates and Sr. Marie St-Coeur gathered on the evening of June 8 and and all day June 9 in the St Mary’s Church Meeting Room. Associate Co-Coordinator Marjorie Allison-Ross facilitated the Retreat on the theme, “We Are All Called to Compassion”. During the Retreat, the associates renewed their Commitment to Associate Relationship and Sr. Marie her vows. Marjorie also provided a short presentation on the Visitation Province 2017 Chapter and some highlights of the first Visitation Province Associate Assembly that was held in May 2018.

New Woodstock Associate Expresses Her Gratitude

Submitted by Dorothy Foster

My journey of two years with the Woodstock CND Associates has opened new avenues to answer God’s call. Inspired by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys’s example to Christian discipleship has been life changing. Recognizing my gifts on a personal level and going to the periphery, protecting God’s world (our home) has been very inspiring; challenging my comfort zone and creating enthusiasm has been a real accomplishment. “Risk The Walk” is a flash back that often comes to mind and “Enter without Knocking”, a phrase I would like to echo. Attending the Feast of the Visitation Mass and hosting a pot luck gathering at my home was very exciting as my first commitment to the CND Associate Relationship. Blessed am I, your humble handmaid.





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