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From Our Leadership Team

During the General Conference in January, all those present were inspired by this image of a spirited Marguerite, striding forward to meet the urgent needs she confronted. As we prayed for migrants and refugees and listened to the presentations from the provinces and regions, the members of the Conference sought a way to respond as a Congregation to the crisis at the Mexico-United States border. At the same time, we heard a presentation on public advocacy from the Executive Director of the Canadian Religious Conference, Timothy Scott, CSB. He suggested that public positions are most appropriately taken by those who are citizens of the government entity being addressed, with other groups declaring their solidarity and support.

As a result, at our February 9-10 meeting, the Province Leadership Team agreed that all Sisters and Associates who are citizens of the United States should be invited to sign a letter to President Trump calling for policies that ensure the fair and humane treatment of those seeking asylum or entrance into the United States, and rejecting the separation of families It may be most appropriate, where possible, to gather as a group and sign the letter in the context of prayer. This is not a corporate stance, as each individual will have the option to choose whether she or he will sign.

We recognize that many of us have signed petitions proposed by other groups, but we believe that we bring a particular perspective as members and Associates of an international congregation with members coming from the same countries as many seeking to cross our border.

Thea Bowman 

Josée Sarrazin, our Montreal archivist, was able to find what may very well be the date Thea Bowman was at Visitation Center, Ridgefield: August 1-3, 1985. However, we would welcome any personal or community searching and digging that you can do. Not only is she an Afro-American who is up for canonization that our students can emulate and relate to, but it’s a boost for our interculturality thrust as CNDs! Please share with us if you discover anything of Thea!

Sr. Ann Marie Strileckis

Associate News – Sr. Joan Mahoney & Donna Wuhrer

Retreat In Hayesville, North Carolina

The North Carolina Associates and Sisters met in January for a retreat on recognizing their spiritual gifts. Barbara McGrattan and Sharon Ely, their Co-Coordinators, led them in recognizing their unique spiritual gifts and how they use their gifts for the community. This was a process Barbara and Sharon had experienced at the November Local Coordinators Meeting in Wilton.

Celebration Of New Associates 

On January 13, the Stamford Associate Community rejoiced with Jill and Joan as they became Congregation of Notre Dame Associates at a prayer service at St. Cecilia’s Convent.

Jill and Joan certainly reflect St. Marguerite, a woman of the parish and supporter of families, and the journeying Mary, bringing Christ to all. The Stamford Associate Community nurtured and formed them well in the Congregation of Notre Dame spirit.






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