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From Our Leadership Team

We are happy to announce that beginning on July 1, 2019:

  • Maria Cabello-Vazquez will serve as Co-Coordinator of the Associate Relationship for a three-year term. She brings a profound relationship with Marguerite Bourgeoys and apparently boundless energy. Donna Wuhrer will continue as Co-Coordinator, as will Joan Mahoney (until June 2020).
  • Jaculyn Hanrahan, CND will serve as Coordinator of Peace and Justice for a three-year term, with the hope of being joined by a Co-Coordinator next year. Jackie has been active in advocacy, research, and networking with regard to environmental and economic justice in rural Virginia for many years. She will be expanding her scope to all the areas where Associates and Sisters reside.

We are very grateful to both of these generous and talented women.

Good News!

  • On March 5th Caliburn International, the for-profit company that runs the Homestead Immigrant Detention Center for Children in Florida, canceled its plans to sell $100 million in shares on the stock market, citing “market forces.” It seems that attention from the media, activists, and others is making an impact! Thank you for calling your members of Congress.
  • We mailed the letter to President Trump, signed by 106 Sisters and Associates. So far, there has been no response...

Celebrating “82” Years of Life!

At Lourdes we usually ask Sisters how they would like to celebrate their birthdays.

When asked, Sr. Carolyn Kinnamon replied she would like chocolate chip ice cream and CNDs. The ice cream was easy; the CND presence more of a challenge! The CNDs in the area joined us, and the rest of you were there via the US Postal Service. We read Carolyn the cards sent her by the Sisters in the Province. In between each card, we prayed for Carolyn. Thanks to all who write to her. Mary Ann Rossi, CND

150th Cnd Presence In Waterbury 

We are happy to report we have the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception for the 150th, Sunday, September 8, 2019 at noon. We just confirmed with the new pastor, Father James M. Sullivan. Archbishop Blair will be the celebrant, newly made Monsignor Joseph Donnelly will be the homilist and Sister Agnes Campbell, CND will be the official Welcomer!

Our meeting on Sunday, March 10th at SS Peter & Paul Convent will have several former students from both WCH and NDA to hostess Open Houses at both WCH and NDA on Saturday, September 7, 2019. We have "booked” Waterbury Catholic High! We are working on Notre Dame Academy! Ann Marie Strileckis, CND

Associate News – Sr. Joan Mahoney & Donna Wuhrer

New Associate Formation Group And Candidates: In the February 2018 newsletter, there was an article about the CND Sisters in West Haven at St. John XXIII Parish who invited parishioners to a soup and bread lunch to celebrate the feast day of Marguerite Bourgeoys last January 12th. The Sisters (Marilyn Doucette, Rita Rompre, Catherine McDermott, Jeannette Bolduc, Dolores McKinney, and Ann Perrin) and Associate Marylin Liggins continued to meet with parishioners who were interested in learning more about Marguerite, the CND, and Associate Relationship. During the fall, the group began pre-candidacy formation sessions. On February 5, 2019, during a Ritual of Welcome at the convent in West Haven, the following eight women became Candidates in the Associate Relationship:

We rejoice with the group in West Haven in welcoming their new Candidates and also rejoice with several other Associate groups that currently have pre-Candidates. They are: three in Wilton, CT, three in Kankakee, IL, five in Staten Island, NY. The on-line Blog Community includes two connected to the R.I. group, one to the West Haven group, one living in upstate NY and two Canadians connected to Visitation Province. Please keep all in prayer during their time of discernment and formation.

Associate Judy Laffey Volunteers In El Paso, Tx: Associate Judy Laffey from Rhode Island with other volunteers at Annunciation House in El Paso, TX, on the border with Mexico.

Invited by her friend, Sr. Betty, FMM, Judy traveled to El Paso to care for migrants and asylum seekers in February. Before leaving, she wrote “I feel the sacredness of this journey. I go as a CND Associate, in the footsteps of St. Marguerite and Mary, representing many others and, in gratitude, I bring them with me.” The Associates in RI and other friends provided her with goods and money to bring to this mission. Like the four CND Sisters who served earlier at Annunciation House, she did whatever was needed. Speaking Spanish, Judy was able to help with forms and hear and respond to the people’s stories. She was deeply touched by their faith and courage.

Peace & Justice News – Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan

Earth Day April 22, 2019

“In nature, nothing exists alone.”— Rachel Carson, 1962

Earth Day Network is asking people to join our Protect our Species campaign.

“Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.”

Earth Day Network: click here for resources. Our Province has signed their Declaration.

“Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.” Laudato Si’ 42

World Water Day – March 22, 2019


U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6: Safe water for all by 2030

 “Safe water” is short hand for a safely managed drinking water service. Water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed and free from contamination.

FACT: More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Three steps that can help:

  1. LEARN about the challenges, causes, solutions;
  2. SHARE information about the reality of the crisis;
  3. ACT – watch for programs for the occasion, use water wisely, pray for those in need and those working for change.

RESOURCES: -- posters, fact sheet, animation (from Sr. Cathy Molloy)

Lenten Resources On Immigration

Vocation News – Sr. Ann Marie Strileckis

Prayer weekend, May 17-19, 2019 at Quonnie.

Do you want a deeper relationship with God?

Are you looking for a more meaningful prayer life?

Do as Jesus did with His disciples!

Come and See!

Meet Jesus by the Sea!

Spend time at the Congregation of Notre Dame’s place by the sea, Quonnie, Charlestown, RI.

The weekend of May 17-19, 2019

If interested, contact: Sr. Ann Marie Strileckis,CND, or a CND sister you know



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