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With great joy we share with you the news that Janet Lawrence will pronounce final vows at a Eucharistic Liturgy at Villa Notre Dame, Wilton on Saturday, November 23rd at noon. Let us pray with her during this time of preparation.

From the Leadership Team

Thanks to so many initiatives within and beyond our province, the General Chapter orientation has been lived in a variety of ways, including openness to new intercultural experiences; going literally to the peripheries of our country as well as being in solidarity with those who find themselves in other kinds of “peripheries”; educating about and caring for our common home, protecting it against such dangers as plastics. At the same time, we wonder: Can we find new ways to speak of and deal with differences among us and outside of us? Are there any corporate political actions we might take to protect our planet?

Among the many ways Sisters’ and Associates’ participation has enabled the U.S. province to move forward over the past two years have been the process of selecting a new member of the Leadership Team, creating a strategic plan for the Associate relationship and restructuring the leadership model, welcoming many new Associates and a candidate for the vowed life. Both Sisters and Associates have volunteered for or accepted invitations to committee membership and other initiatives, and we hope to continue responding to the request we heard at the last province chapter, “Ask us!”

This year on the feast of St. Anne several hundred people attended the annual outdoor celebration Mass in St. Anne, Illinois, where CND Sisters ministered in the 1860’s and 1870’s. At the Mass the new Pastor distributed Rosaries from Bethlehem and asked the people to pray with that Rosary, and "with the first decade to pray for the Viatorians in gratitude... and with the second decade to pray for the Congregation of Notre Dame in gratitude, etc." He asked that if I was there to identify myself (I simply raised my hand.) Needless to say, I did not expect this... and I was so touched.

After the Mass, several people came to me, thanking me for the CNDs: one woman was a 1962 graduate of St Joseph Seminary, etc. It is so evident what a lasting impact our CNDs have made in this area.

What more can I say? We do not look for this kind of recognition... we simply go, and "tell the Good News" as best we can... with who we are... and with the love and energy of our whole being. That is our blessing, given to us and passed on... I am just so grateful for those who went before me here ... Love and prayers, Theresa Galvan

Associate News – Sr. Joan Mahoney, Donna Wuhrer, Maria Vasquez-Cabello

The Associate Relationship currently has 19 Candidates in formation from Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Rhode Island. Four of the candidates are on our formation blog. This month we are highlighting the Candidates from Illinois and New York who were recently welcomed as Candidates during a Ritual of Welcome in their local Associate groups.

Peace & Justice News – Sr. Jaculyn Hanrahan

Justice 911: Sharing Practices: Remembering our sisters and brothers at the border. If you wish, this is a simple way to be in solidarity. One, choose a time of day that you want to remember the migrants. Two, set a daily reminder to your iPhone, iPad or watch alarm to that time. Three, when it reminds you, just say our Travel Prayer, “Our Lady of the Highways.” One, two, three. Simple, sustained, solidarity.

Celebration Of The 150th of CND's Ministry in Waterbury: On Sept. 8th the 12:00 noon Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate P.S. Saturday, September 7, 2019, the day before the celebration from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., WCHS (now Sacred Heart) and NDA, Church St. (now Waterbury Ed) will be open for touring.



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